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Van camping road trip was Flip A Coin
« on: November 02, 2019, 08:09:57 AM »
Heads, I go east with the wife to Bloomsburg, PA for 5 days (weather forecast is meh), then head south towards Florida along the coast.  Barrier Islands aka Hatteras et al are out of play because of hurricane damage, closed to everyone but residents. Stops would be Norfolk, VA, Kure Beach, NC, Savannah, GA and Cocoa Beach, FL and lots of National Park stamp harvesting.


Tails, I run south for warmth.  First stop would be Hunt's Lodge in Tellico Plains, TN for a two nighter. Lake Park, GA for a week, then Cocoa Beach for a week.  That gets me to our reserved apartment in Pompano Beach for Thanksgiving week.


Either way, packing the van today for Sunday departure.  I'll be overnight van camping or setting up a cabin tent for the more long term stays in the stops along the way.


Return home date is uncertain at this point.  I -may- arrange an AirBnB for Christmas week and have the wife fly down to wherever it is.
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Re: Flip a coin day!
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2019, 02:01:44 PM »
Let me know if you get anywhere near Winchester VA. We have plenty of space for the van or tent or class A. Plus I owe you for the tank bag. 
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Re: Flip a coin day!
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2019, 02:04:45 PM »
+1, anywhere from Delaware to Harrisonburg, on out to Seneca. Would love to meet up.
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2019, 02:28:54 PM »
Thanks, y'all.  :inlove:  I think I'm gonna fly south and visit Jack & Lori in Tellico @ Hunt's Lodge for a couple days because weather is getting not so nice.  I really want to do the east coast properly, but the Barrier Islands being closed to visitors sure kills a bunch of why I wanna go that way.  The NC ferry system is currently designated for contractors and residents only because hurricane recovery is a justifiable priority. 


Maybe next spring?  Got a whole passel of folks to visit out east from here.  The military campground system is a blessing for my travel plans.  Cheap, convenient and plenty of them.  A month from Madawaska, Maine to Key West, Florida sounds wonderful. 
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Re: Flip a coin day!
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2019, 02:22:54 PM »
Does packing the van include bringing a bike?  Tellico Plains is looking very good.
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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2019, 06:50:40 PM »
Does packing the van include bringing a bike?  Tellico Plains is looking very good.


Not at this time.  Eventually, there will be a bike hauler and a Suzuki DR350 on it.  It's torn apart and my roundtuit is back ordered. 


And, wishy washy wandering me??  I left home and turned east in Ohio on the turnpike.  500 miles later, I'm sitting at the hotel with my wife in Bloomsburg, PA.   :facepalm:  Thursday, the east coast adventure starts with a run to Dover AFB in Delaware.  Two national park stops on my to do list.  Mount Vernon is a must for me.  I gotta see George's place.  Wanted to go downtown Philly for Independence Hall, but parking and two dogs put the kibosh on that.
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« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2019, 05:46:26 AM »
Does packing the van include bringing a bike?  Tellico Plains is looking very good.


Not at this time.  Eventually, there will be a bike hauler and a Suzuki DR350 on it.  It's torn apart and my roundtuit is back ordered. 


And, wishy washy wandering me??  I left home and turned east in Ohio on the turnpike.  500 miles later, I'm sitting at the hotel with my wife in Bloomsburg, PA.   :facepalm:  Thursday, the east coast adventure starts with a run to Dover AFB in Delaware.  Two national park stops on my to do list.  Mount Vernon is a must for me.  I gotta see George's place.  Wanted to go downtown Philly for Independence Hall, but parking and two dogs put the kibosh on that.

You'll be driving 2 minutes from my place.

Ok... hear me on this. Hear. Me.

When coming South, even if you don't have time for a meet up, do this... hear me on this... go to The Dog House on Rt. 13 / DuPont Highway in New Castle DE. It's kind of in the middle of where I-95, I-295, US-13, DE-1, and DE 141 all come together. Amazing foot long hot dogs and cheese steaks.

If not The Dog House, then a morning or lunch stop at Helen's Sausage House.
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Re: Flip a coin day!
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2019, 12:31:27 PM »
Covered bridges!  We haz them.


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« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2019, 12:46:18 PM »
Even moar!
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« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2019, 12:48:34 PM »
I gotta come back here in the real summer time.  Lots of nice campgrounds and plenty of awesome roads for a dual sport.  Might even take in a race.



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« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2019, 01:20:16 PM »
Day 2 was more ambitious, but the weather interrupted me.  I got 9 before the showers started and headed back to the ranch.  If you want a hi-rez version for a desktop or something, ask.  I took the Fuji 20mp this trip.   ;D



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« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2019, 01:21:03 PM »
Four mo!



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« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2019, 01:21:28 PM »
Last one.



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Re: Flip a coin day!
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2019, 02:43:05 PM »
As set up as I’ll get for a one nighter.  Dover, DE AFB campground.
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Re: Van camping road trip was Flip A Coin!
« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2019, 07:04:40 AM »
*sigh*  Record cold for the east coast for the next three days.  32* in Dover, DE last night.  Tonight, we go just south to Fort Story east of Norfolk, VA with lows near freezing too.  At least it'll be in the low 50s when we get there. 


Plan was to go to Kure Beach, NC for a couple days, but we're going to speed run past there and get to Fort Stewart's Holbrook Pond FamCamp just south of Savannah, GA for some warmth.  Poor pups were chilled last night even with a space heater running in the camper area. It just kept the chill from becoming cold. Glad I got water/electric sites for the next two stops!  You can feel the wind penetration in this thing when it's blowing over 20 knots. 



It's not an adventure till things go sideways!   :snork:



Ended up putting the outside awning away at midnight because I was afraid it was going to come off with the high winds.  It was shaking and rattling quite loudly.   :o
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Re: Van camping road trip was Flip A Coin
« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2019, 07:32:43 AM »
While you're around here, you could head east / south-east to Assateague and check out the while horses.
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Re: Van camping road trip was Flip A Coin
« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2019, 07:51:46 AM »
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« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2019, 01:16:43 PM »
 ;D
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Re: Van camping road trip was Flip A Coin
« Reply #18 on: November 09, 2019, 11:20:04 AM »
I’ve wanted to visit there ever since I was a kid and read every book in the Misty of Chincoteague series.
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« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2019, 11:47:01 AM »
Come on out. We'll take you, show you around, then run in to Ocean City for a fancy dinner.
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Re: Van camping road trip was Flip A Coin
« Reply #20 on: November 09, 2019, 04:37:03 PM »
Wussed our last night, got a cheap motel room and got the dogs washed up.  We stayed warm and well fed.


Left this morning intending on Savannah, GA for a few nights.  Messy accident on I95 near Florence, SC closing the freeway.  I detoured into Flo for lunch and made the snap call to head SE towards the coast a bit. Ended up at Lake Moultrie at another base campground with a near waterfront site!  I watched the sunset on the water.  Sweet!  Probably stay here another day or two.
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Re: Van camping road trip was Flip A Coin
« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2019, 10:01:14 AM »
Yup, this is a good stopping point.  We haz doggie beach, plenty of down firewood and a steady source of food at the camp store to go with the stocked can goods.  Tentative departure is now Tuesday. 
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« Reply #22 on: Yesterday at 07:36:09 AM »
If I was someplace warm on Tue, I’d probably stay there based on weather.
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« Reply #23 on: Yesterday at 12:23:02 PM »
If I was someplace warm on Tue, I’d probably stay there based on weather.


Forecast for tomorrow is “arctic blast” here with record lows.  I’m moving further south to mid-Atlantic coastal Florida.  Highs of 80/lows of 65 for two weeks.
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« Reply #24 on: Today at 02:39:37 PM »
Worked up a sweat setting up camp. Need more water!  Gotta go grocery shopping now.
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