OTRA - NJ - Barnegat
Aug 3, 2009
Packed up and left around 11:30 to go visit Bob’s brother, Wayne and his wife, Linda, in Barnegat, New Jersey. With all the griping I’ve had lately about the PA roads, I have to admit that the part of the PA Turnpike we traveled wasn’t too bad. I don’t know, however, why the bridge surfaces are 4” to 6” higher than the attached road surface. It really shakes the heck out of you and your RV when you go across them.
Ms. GPS didn’t give great directions to the Long Beach RV Resort (she insisted it was on the right and it was on the left) and we drove right past it. For one reason or another, she makes this mistake (right/left) quite often. We have a Garmin but I’m really thinking of going to a Tom-Tom because I read you can plot your own route on them if you don’t like the route it’s chosen. Of course, the signage at the campground isn’t the greatest either so…..Luckily, we were able to make a U-turn about a mile down the road so it wasn’t too bad.
This is a nice campground but it could be a bit more driver-friendly. The roads within the campground tend to go this way-that way-every which way and it is a bit confusing to find the office which is on a side road. I couldn’t see anywhere for an RV to park while registering so I just stopped on the main drive and waited there while Bob registered. Driving out with the RV is another thing. There is an island of trees on the way out and the signage directs you to stay to the right but if you do, there’s a very sharp left then right turn right past the island. I just stayed to the left the whole way. Plus, some of the campsites look like roads so it would be quite easy to get confused. They need to eliminate some of the roads.
We had reserved a full hookup site (water, electric & sewer) but when we got there, they said there were no sewer sites. I wonder what the seasonals do to get rid of their sewage. Otherwise, it was okay. Nice little mini golf course across from our site and a pool to the right.
Went down to see Wayne and Linda after we got set up. They live in a very active 55+ community with several activities going at the clubhouse every day. Wayne’s a member of a model railroad club and Linda takes part in swim aerobics. Plus there are bus trips to Atlantic City, NY City, and other destinations. I imagine this is much like most other active communities.
It was really neat listening to Bob and Wayne reminisce about their teen years. I think this is the best visit the two of them have had in years. We truly enjoyed a very good dinner and fine company.
Left 11:25 a.m Arrived 2:00 p.m
Total miles 108.0
Wayne and Linda drove up to the campground to see our RV and visit with the dogs (well, Pounce; Taco isn’t very sociable) for a short while then we went to LA’s Restaurant
for a delicious yet inexpensive lunch. All the sandwiches were $5.95 as the special for the day. We highly recommend this dining establishment if you’re ever on Route 72 in the Barnegat, NJ area.
We leave tomorrow to go back to Quakertown for a couple of days until we head north to New York on Monday, 8/10/09. I want to pick up the boxes we stored at Ted and Linda's and take them, along with more excess "stuff" we've sorted out from the RV, up to storage.