A Synopsis of our Summer Travel in an RV

A trip which started in June and ended in October included 120 days of traveling over 10k miles through 18 states. Our trip started and ended in Florida, which serves as our home base. 

The first 23 days of our journey included traveling through Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. We had both wanted to visit Duck Commander in West Monroe, LA, so off we went to see if we could meet any of the Robertson clan. The scariest part of this journey was the roads as they were the worse roads we have ever traveled on and some I hope we can avoid in the future.

Once we left Louisiana we headed back to Florida as we were supposed to meet the rest of the family at my parents to celebrate my dad’s 80th birthday. Once we done that, we were headed out for the next 97 days traveling up to the New England states and back down the eastern coast.

Our state map shows all the states we have traveled through regardless if we spent an overnight or not. For us, if we spend a good part of the day sightseeing, then that’s good enough to add a state to the map.

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The other states we made it through were: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Jersey. Wow! Saying that out load is scary! I can’t believe we covered that many states in only 4 months. I know there is still so much to see in these states and hopefully we will go back one day and see more.

If you’ve been following my blog, you already know our trip was cut short due to a medical emergency, so we didn’t make it to DC and Maryland, nor the eastern coastline through Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia and eastern parts of Florida. Hopefully we will finish that portion of the trip in the future.

Our total miles over the expansion of 120 days of traveling were 10,497; of which 5,074 were actual travel miles. The rest were all the miles we spent going on sightseeing adventures looking for waterfalls, covered bridges, lighthouses, Elk and so much more. You can read about all of our adventures in the archives.

Our average cost for camping fees were $29.09 per day for the entire 120 days based on how much we spent on campground fees as well as 4 months’ coverage for our Thousand Trails membership, which we pay monthly.

We learned a lot on this journey and hope to put that knowledge to use when we get through this medical crisis and get back on the road. In the meantime, I’ll spend some time working on my photography skills, reading, sewing, crocheting and knitting. Oh and a little fishing on the lake won’t hurt either as we found a nice quiet little spot on Lake Talquin to spend the next few months.

Our Visit to Wahlburgers and Fenway Park

After our time in New Hampshire and Maine, we headed to Massachusetts.  While there, we would visit Rhode Island and Connecticut to round out the final three New England states.  I know several people who love the New England states, but we are not two of those people.  We met more rude and obnoxious people than we’ve ever seen in the south.  The traffic was horrendous and don’t even get me started on how much stuff cost.  Let’s just say this will be my first and only trip to the upper states.

The main reason for going to Massachusetts was to go to Boston.  We were supposed to have stayed at a Thousand Trails (TT) campground, Gateway to Cape Cod, in Rochester about an hours drive from Boston.  However, when we arrived, even though we had made our reservation back in June, there were no spots available. This made us have to search for something else and pay out of pocket, which we would not have had to do at the TT place as it’s part of our membership fee.  We found a nice little place about 30 minutes away in Plymouth, Pinewood Lodge Campground. Even though they had several perms and seasonal campers, it was still a nice little place to put down and we had a pull-through site, which is always a plus as well.  Unfortunately, our satellite didn’t work under the trees, but they have cable, which we opted for as opposed to sewer. 

Wahlburgers

Wahlburgers

On Friday the 19th of August we headed for Boston for two things: a burger from Whalburgers and to tour Fenway Park.  I mean really who goes to Boston for a once in a lifetime trip and not go to Fenway.  Good news:  we got to enjoy a great burger and hope that many more Whalburger restaurants will go up throughout the US so others will get to taste them as well.  Bad news:  a concert had played at Fenway the day before and another one was scheduled for the next day.  Not only did we have to pay more to do the tour, but we didn’t even get to see the damn field because it was covered in chairs and concert set up.  What pissed me off the most about this is the ticket taker didn’t bother to tell us that we would get jipped on the tour so we got screwed twice, once on the price and again on the tour. 

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Fenway Park Entrance

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The seat I sat in that happens to be one of the original seats in the park.

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The red seat marks the longest homerun ever hit in Fenway Park. Batter was Ted Williams.

In order to get around Boston, we took a trolley, so we could hop on, hop off at any of the 16 locations they stopped at.  This made it possible for us to see more of the city and not have to fight crazy traffic in the process.  One of the places I wanted to see was Cheers, “where everybody knows your name”, which is the bar that inspired the beloved television show created in 1982.  There was lots of memorabilia and episodes from days gone by playing on the screens throughout the gift shop area.  We didn’t eat there as we were saving up for burgers elsewhere.  I just wanted to see where it all originated from.

Cheers, Est 1895

Cheers, Est 1895

The original Cheer Restaurant

The original Cheer Restaurant located in Boston

We spent a day driving to the cape to see a few lighthouses, but other than that I wasn’t impressed with Cape Cod.  I’m beginning to think this country girl just needs to go back south, find a beautiful lake and stay put. However, I did enjoy some great lobster and crab claws at the Lobster Hut in Plymouth, but I also discovered that live lobster is not for me as I prefer just the tails.  Seeing that head laying there and breaking into an unclean lobster is just not my cup of tea.

Massachusetts Lighthouses (click on a pic for a bigger view and to scroll through all)

 

After four nights, we headed over to our second Thousand Trails campground hoping we would have a better experience than the first.  Well let’s just say I’m beginning to realize that a TT membership was not worth the price and I will not be renewing and will be trying to sell the one I have as it is just not for us.  The second campground, Sturbridge RV Resort, located in Sturbridge, MA has the closest sites I think I have ever seen.  We could not open our awning as it would have touched our next door neighbors camper who arrived the same day as we did.  They only lasted one night and had told us they were to be there for 10.  I have no idea where they went as they left while we were on our trip through Rhode Island.

Our trips to Rhode Island and Connecticut were pretty much both a bust.  We didn’t see any lighthouses in either state as they were either too far off shore or on private land that was inaccessible.  The scenery we did see was no different than what we had seen in Maine and Massachusetts. Like I said before this is our one and only time driving up here as there is nothing that has inspired us enough to ever come back.

Below are pics of Massachusetts and Fenway Park.  To get a bigger view, click on a pic and scroll through the slideshow.