Yesterday, June 3, was my 1 month anniversary of full time RVing. It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole month already but who am I to argue with the calendar. I left Vermont June 3 and headed to Maine for the Maine Greyhound Placement Services Annual Picnic and Reunion. We stayed at a great little campground Foggy Bottom Campground and Marina. They only had 17 sites and most of the campers were there for the whole summer. Linda and George were my neighbors and we became friends during the 2 weeks I was there. They loved the dogs and helped me out a lot as this was my first trip and I was still figuring things out.
We left Maine on June 16 and started our 10 day trip to Abilene, Kansas for our next event The Heart of America Greyhound Gathering. First I had to go back by the RV dealership and have a few things fixed. I stayed in the lot there over night and we headed out the next morning to New York. I was going to stay in a Camping World parking lot but the temperature hit 90 that day so I knew we needed AC. I found Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville, NY. The GPS took me to a waste management water facility and luckily the guys were still at the gate locking up for the night. If they hadn’t been there I would have had to back up for a 1/2 mile to get out of there. They guys were very nice and one of them escorted me to where the park really was. This was a big lesson in NOT relying on your GPS. Unfortunately, I don’t learn easily but that’s later.
This was a beautiful park and the campsites were great. We stayed a couple of days just because it was so nice. Peter, Karen and Dave and my neighbors behind me were my guardian angels at this park. I learned quick that camping folk are super nice and helpful. At this park I learned to fill my fresh water tank and go to the dump station on my way out. The dogs loved it there too. I was most surprised at how fast they adjusted to this new way of life. While I was there I also put on a cargo tray on the back of my camper. This was a huge accomplishment and got the generator and my bike out of the trailer.
Next we were off to Ohio. We stayed at the American Wilderness Campground in Grafton, Ohio. They charged me $15 extra, each night for the dogs. There was no where to walk them unless I drove them down to where the lake was. The internet barely worked but we were only there 2 nights so I made the best of it. I did get to go to a Meet and Greet for Erie Shore Greyhound Adoption of Ohio at the Olympia Candy store. That was a lot of fun. We met a lot of greyt dogs and people.
Sunday we were off to our next stop in Edwardsville, Illinois. That was a very long day. We drove the rest of the way through Ohio, all the way through Indiana and most of the way through Illinois. The campground I had planned on staying at never answered their phone and AGAIN my GPS led me astray. Thankfully, there was enough dry ground for me to do a 3 point turn to get out of there. I was almost out of gas but remembered there was a gas station right off the exit. I made my way back to the gas station and of course it was out of business. The next one was 10 miles away. So I drove right at 55 all the way there to conserve what little gas I had left. After I filled up I started looking for another campground to stay at. I found the Red Barn Rendezvous which was another 30 miles away. I was soooo glad to get off the road that day! We stayed the next day there and then we were off again.
Our next stop was Trailside RV Park in Grain Valley, Missouri. We just stayed overnight and were off again in the morning for the last leg of our journey to Abilene. We made it to the event and had a greyt time!
On Sunday, we headed out again to Henderson, Nebraska. A friend of mine that I had met on a day trip to the Grand Canyon when I went to Arizona in the spring lives there and has a farm. That brings us to today. I’m staying at the Prairie Oasis Campground. Their motto is “A Great Place to Rest”. And that’s exactly what we’re doing. After 10 states and over 2,000 miles driven, I’m tired! It has been fun and it has been an adventure. I’ve learned a lot and I’m looking forward to the next leg of our journey. I hope you will join us.