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Old 07-06-2012, 11:49 PM   #1
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New Brighton State Park, California

Since this is our first trip in our new Itasca SunStar 26HE, I thought I would share my trip journal entry. Comments for this newbie appreciated!
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Left home about 10am and went down 92 to Highway 1 down to Capitola. It was a beautiful day and a great drive. We stopped in Half Moon Bay at an organic food store and spent $95 on food for the 3-day weekend! We will be eating well, though! We stopped several times to take in the view and loved the drive there....half the fun. The coach drove great as we lumbered along...it seems to like about 50-55 mph the best. I'll be interested in the mileage for the trip, as we went up and down hills a lot, and spent time in traffic in Santa Cruz. We had a little excitement as we went through the toll gate on the San Mateo Bridge....it said wide loads to the right...I guess I didn't think of us as a wide load, so we went thought the regular lane, and it was a REALLY tight fit...but we made it through ok. I used the tow/haul feature when driving up and down the hills, and it definitely made it easier going up, with very little braking going down. I found a reference point on the dash, so I know just how far I am from the center line at all times...it made driving through the narrow streets in Santa Cruz easy. We got to the site in NewBrighton Beach around 4pm, and it took no time at all to setup camp....what a change from the years we had to pitch tents. We found out our site has no hookups at all, so we'll have to conserve electricity. We were pleasantly surprised, however, to find out that our site has an ocean view...we were very lucky to snap up a last minute cancellation which made this trip possible...and the view was a real bonus. We had our first meal prepared in the RV...spaghetti, flat bread, and kale salad...very good and healthy, too! Then we went for a nice 3 mile stroll along the beach.....what a beautiful place! Our dog Charlie got some great exercise, and is now asleep at my feet, snoring away....it was a great day. Also, everything seems to be working A Ok in the RV....great Winnebago quality.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:57 AM   #2
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Great read. Loved this bit: " We had a little excitement as we went through the toll gate on the San Mateo Bridge....it said wide loads to the right...I guess I didn't think of us as a wide load, so we went thought the regular lane, and it was a REALLY tight fit...but we made it through ok."

Wait till you cross the boarder into Canada; you'll refine 'tight' if you don't go to the truck crossing a few miles to the east.

Down that road only once and did a "self to self:" You are a very large truck; think that way as you drive. Ditto using a GPS on the best routes .... OOOOOH My God! Look at a road map!!
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:43 PM   #3
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Haha...sounds like you've run into the same thing, only worse! Here's to many more years of safe RVing!
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