|Tue, 15 May: Final road day for a while, and it was a Doozie...
According to our well-thought-out plans today was supposed to be a "chip shot". A quick 45 miles on I 80 into New Jersey and our destination, FlaNet RV Park in Flanders NJ. Well, we all know the adage about "best laid plans..." and today was no exception.
We got the coach ready for the road. Bob pulled Carpe out of her spot and moved to a large gravel area where we connected our tow car, Carpe Dinlum. It took almost ten minutes to wend our way thru the Thousand Trails park's tight roads and low hanging trees to reach toe park entrance on PA 660. From here on it should have been easy. Not!
It turned out that, due to construction on 660, we could not make the left turn that would have taken us directly to the I 80 eastbound on ramp. Instead, we had to head north, away from the Interstate. Two GPS units, a state road map, and two (we like to think) experienced road warriers, twenty minutes, and a dozen miles later we finally got to I 380 and took it south to I 80. Not the most auspicious start to the day.
From there we headed downhill (literally) into Stroudsburg. There was road work along the way so Bob got to dodge Jersey Barriers, his very favorite pasttime. We crossed the Delaware River at the Delaware Water Gap and entered New Jersey. No "Welcome to New Jersey" sign. An omen? We did, however, find a New Jersey Welcome Center where we stopped to pick up a current state road map.
Twenty-seven miles later we exited the Interstate and took a local tertiary road to Fla Net RV park. The road was very narrow, hilly, curvey, with many low hanging trees. Bpb managed to navigate all that with no damage. We pulled up to the Fla Net office at 1040, and hour and forty minutes to travel 59 miles.
Opening the door to exit the coach we realized that our entry step was extended. That was not at all good as the step is designed to retract when the engine is running and the entry door is closed. Neither of us noted that it didn't retract at the Welcome Center. We were lucky that the extended step didn't hit anything. Another repair item for the ever-growing repair list.
When we went to register we learned that the site we were assigned when we made our reservations last November had been given to someone else. Our "new" site was much smaller and we weren't certain we could get satellite television thru the nearby trees. Turns out that the coach fit in OK and we were able to tune into all three of the Dish Network satellites.
Today's drive was 59 miles with a detour-induced fuel economy of 6½ mpg.
Once settled we had leftovers for lunch. Around 1400 we drove to Sandi's brother's home and picked up four months worth of mail. We took over their dining room table to sort thru everything. Not all that much that we didn't already know about, so we were finished in short order.
We were asked to stay for dinner, which we did. Back to the coach around 2100. We were tired "campers" and fell into bed. Unpacking and settling down will wait till tomorrow...
We will be in New Jersey for a month visiting Sandi's family. Our plan is to keep this current by updating it with our busy social schedule every few days. Keep coming back to learn what we've been up to in "The Pothole State".
Tue, 22 May: Lotsa family time...
We've been here a week now and have spent just about every day visiting with family. May seems to be "birthday month" in these parts so there are celebrations galore. And, our sis Nancy loves to post "summary" parties during which all birthday/anniversary/etc. events are recognized. This year's will take place next Monday as part of the Memorial Day gathering.
Our being here doesn't interfere with "life". Our sis Nancy spent four days in Geneva Switzerland on business. Bro Meyer & Sis-in-law Sue drove to Chicago to be part of some events in the Windy City. Today, Nancy & bro-in-law Shel fly to Huntsville to be with their son's family. Busy, busy, busy...
Sunday we attended a birthday party at our niece's place. Celebrating their eldest's fifth birthday. Bouncy castle, keg of beer, all the food that would fit on a grill, and hundreds (well, it seemed like that many) of kiddies. Total sensory overload...
The weather has been pretty crappy most of our stay. With the exception of yesterday (Monday) it has rained every day. Gloomy also. Thankfully, the temps have been coolish so we've been running the heat more than the air conditioning.
That's it for now. More anon...