Broadening Our Horizons - May 2007 travel blog


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Ken spent the first half of his birthday doing something he loves - poking around in RV's, trying to find the perfect combination of high tech and low price. We are here to research whether the used RV that has been tempting us back home is a good deal and the right rig for us. One dealer here had a used rig that only served to muddy the waters. It was owned by a rich Indian who earns a vast income from his share of a tribal casino in Connecticut. It was two years old and 2,000 of the 7,000 miles on it were from the drive to Connecticut and back. The interior is lavish with cherry wood cabinets and furniture, corian countertops and tiled floors. Our home should look this nice... The rig looked like it had hardly been used; the Indian had decided that he wanted a different style of RV instead. The dealer was ready to negotiate; this has been our experience every time we have come to Elkhart. The price was great, but we found ourselves hesitating. This rig will still cost a lot of money and we will spend months of our lives in it. This a decision we don't want to regret. It was time to move on down the road, so we told the dealer we'd be back in touch after we had a few days to think about it. Elkhart can easily be on our route home. If someone else buys it while we are gone, this deal will not have been meant to be.

We spent the afternoon driving SE through Ohio, a state that is as flat and boring as our own. The route did not take us past any of the easy off and on campgrounds that we prefer when we are on the move. We find ourselves east of Columbus in a very expensive KOA. KOA's are always nice, well kept campgrounds with great facilities, but when you are only here to sleep the price is hard to justify. We don't need a playground and it's too cool to use the pool. The thick canopy of trees surely charms most of the campers here, but our satellite dish struggled mightily to find spot between the branches to make a connection with the satellite. We are forbidden to use our wood to make a campfire. This sort of prohibition is becoming more common as communities try to block imported insect infestations.

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