Sunday, October 2, 2011

On the Road

After a delay of four days because of rain, we finally left our site in Dillard on Monday, Sept 26, and headed east to visit Barbie’s sister, Linda, and her family in Selma, NC. Selma is just off of I-95 in eastern NC. We really had no problems hitching up the 5th and making the trip to Selma. According the Microsoft Streets and Trips software, it was a 369 mile journey. We stopped once at a rest area to eat lunch and walk Kozmo, and stopped a second time for diesel for the truck. We arrived at RVacation RV Park  in Selma at 5:10pm. This is really a great overnight stop for anyone traveling I-95. It has full hook-ups, all level gravel pull thru sites and a small catch and release lake-with lots of ducks, huh Kozmo?

rig in selma, nc 9-27-2011 12-30-03 PM Our site

ducks running away from Kozmo 9-26-2011 5-37-12 PM Guess who’s chasin’ ducks

There is no pool and no cable but it had  a great wifi system and with our antenna up, we found 29 over-the-air digital tv channels. Like I said, a great stopover on I-95. After we got unhitched, set-up, and ate some sandwiches, Linda and her two sons came by to visit. My sister-in-law can sure talk as she didn’t leave to go home until 1:40am! Needless to say, we slept in Tuesday morn. Linda came over at about 2:30pm and we went to a local drive thru chain in the area called “Cookout.” They have all the typical fast foods plus over 40 flavors of old fashioned ice cream thickshakes. The burgers were really good but the shakes were outstanding! I had a peanut butter/fudge shake and Barbie had a peanut butter/banana shake. Did I say they were OUTSTANDING? We brought the food back to the 5er and Linda’s husband, Dwayne, and son, Keith, joined the three of us. They all could not get over how much room we had inside the fifth. They loved it too. Tuesday was an early evening with Linda leaving at 7:30pm. Wednesday after spending the morning in, Linda, Barbie and I went to a local discount store, JR’s, to pick up a few items. This place has about everything but food items, although they have some snacks. I’m sure most of their business comes from the sale of tobacco products, wine and perfumes/colognes---all at discount prices. As a matter of fact, they claim to have the world’s largest cigar humidor. It must be 200 ft by 75 ft in size, packed full of cigars and a small supply of pipe tobacco and accessories. It was really strange to see smoking was permitted not only in the humidor but throughout the entire store. Plus, we found out once we got there, you can bring dogs inside provided they are in the shopping cart. Of course, we didn’t know, so Kozmo was back guarding the fifth. After shopping we stopped and ate at a Bojangles Restaurant before returning to the campground. At 5:00pm, Barbie took Linda up on their offer to use their washer & dryer. She went over to their house and I stayed with Kozmo in the fifth. Linda has 10, count ‘em, 10cats and 2 dogs, so we felt it best not to take Kozmo over there. Besides, Barbie and Linda got to spend some alone time and chat. After a good nights sleep, we hitched up Thursday morn and headed for the next stop on our abbreviated journey, American Heritage RV Park in Williamsburg, VA. We left at 11:10am and after a rest stop for 25 minutes, we arrived in Williamsburg at 3:00pm.

Linda and Jeff 9-29-2011 9-54-14 AM Linda & Jeff

Linda, Barbie and Kozmo again 9-29-2011 9-53-24 AM Linda, Barbie & Kozmo

If you follow this blog, you knew our plans were to head up to New Jersey and then through Pennsylvania to visit Barbie’s parents, her other sister and some of my cousins. Then, we were also gonna spend time in Pennsylvania Amish Country around Lancaster. Then, we’d be back to Dillard by Oct 26 to DJ the Halloween Dance. Well, those plans changed since we finally spoke with the carpenter that built the deck on our site in Dillard. Why you ask? Well, we’re going to have a “coach house” addition built on the deck. Essentially, it is a 21 ft by 10 ft covered roof over our deck. The coach house roof will tie into the shed roof. Below is a picture of our deck and I have drawn(roughly I’d say) a sketch of what it may look like with the roof-over. We’ll add a couple of ceiling fans and outlets as well. It will give us a great covered area for our outdoor table and chairs that we can relax under.

Coach House Drawin Sketched “coach house”

Anyway, Kevin, the carpenter, can finally get to it and will start it October 11. We’ve been on hold waiting for Kevin to finish other jobs for a good bit of the summer. We wanted to be there while it was done AND we wanted it done before we left to head back to Florida November 1st. Soooo, our trip to visit the relatives had to shortened significantly. In the end, we decided to check out the “Historic Triangle,” of Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown areas, at least before heading back to Dillard. More on our Williamsburg area experiences in another post coming the next day or so.

‘Til next time…


FULL-TIMERS...OCT. 17, 2009 said...

Sounds like you have a wonderful visit with Linda.
You got to do what you got to do. I think the revised schedule will allow you to see a beautiful part of our country. Enjoy the ride.

Debbie, Duane, Bo and Laska said...

Good Morning! I'll be looking forward to Halloween pictures. Glad to hear the three of you are doing so well! Duane

SunshinecruiserTN said...

Thanks for the heads-up on the RV park off I-95. Be safe. Your lot in Dillard will be 'da bomb.

Sherry and Charley Dilworth said...

Sounds like you are continuing to have a great time. We are back in SC and lovin' those grandkids!!

Safe travels!!

Margie and Roger said...

Plans usually change don't they? Wow! A coach house, I'm impressed! You sure have some nice sites. Looking forward to photos of the coach house progress. Kozmo seems to be fitting into your lifestyle very well.