First Long Trip
DW and I just got home from our first long trip since buying the motorhome. We left Boston late in the afternoon on Saturday, October 8 and arrived in Myrtle Beach on Monday.
We took the long way down, heading west on i_84 to Scranton then south on I-81 until we were below DC, then we headed east to connect with I-95. A nuber of roads, including I-95, had sections closed in North Carolina because of the hurricane, so we headed east on I-40 to Wilmington, then down 17 along the coast to Myrtle Beach.
We had reservations at Myrtle Beach State Park but they were closed after the storm (and still are), so we got a site at Ocean Lakes, which had just reopened as of Monday morning.
We left there Friday late morning and got back home today. On the way home we just came up I-95 except for one remaining detour in North Carolina, so we came through Richmond, DC, Baltimore, the Jersey Turnpike, and New York City all in one day. The traffic didn't bother me as I've been living and driving in the Great Eastern Megalopolis my entire life, but the roads coming through NYC beat the heck out of the RV and I'd just as soon not do that again.
The drives down and back were both long and I'd much prefer to take them slower, but this wasn't a pleasure trip and we needed to get there and back. We stayed at Walmarts on the way down, and on the way back we used one Walmart and the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. Mohegan Sun is in a great location with an amazing view of the Thames River and I could easily have stayed there a few days.
Prior to this we've only had the RV out for 2 weekends to a local state park, so this was a learning experience for us and I think all in all it went splendidly. We really liked having our little home on wheels and being able to stop someplace and be relaxing and cooking dinner in just a few minutes. DW somewhat reluctantly yielded to my persistent enthusiasm for buying a motorhome, and I think this trip went a long way to converting her remaining skepticism to guarded enthusiasm.
Allen "Monkeywrench" Freeman
2011 Itasca Sunstar 35F