We have found that we have morphed into destination travelers. We outline where we need to be and when, then do whatever it takes to get there. Long days, high miles. We have not reached the point where we can really slow down when we travel, we have zipped by many things we'd like to see but can't. One of these days, we'll get it right.
I canceled our appointment with our investment advisor in Virginia, I just couldn't make it there by Friday. We still are heading for South Carolina and will be there Sunday. But I had to stop early today, just couldn't do it, only covering 220 miles. An early day, with more rest and I will be ready to hit the road tomorrow. Only 900 some miles to go. Plus can't miss American Idol for Marti...
We pulled off into a Flying J just short of St. Louis, MO tonight. I often am questioned as to why I take advantage of Flying J's, Walmarts and other businesses that welcome RVs. It goes again to the destination type travel, the prize for us is arriving at the end of the journey, so we don't care where we stop. The shades go down and it is home. A quick start of the generator and on goes the air conditioner, (or the heat) and we don't hear anything going on outside.
It's not a matter of being cheap. We stay at campgrounds when we arrive at our destination, however when burning up the road miles, it is hard to swallow paying full price for maybe an eight to ten hour stay. Last night, we paid $34.00 after a Good Sam discount, and it was a cheesy park. Not even a pool, let alone a hot tub.
We use Passport America parks whenever we can, but often they are few and far between or so far off the road it doesn't pay. Figuring the Journey averages about 7.5 to 8 mpg, driving ten or fifteen miles to get to the PPA park and then back just about wipes out the saving discount.
Wow, I didn't mean to get so philosophical. Just a peak into my crazy mind. Don't worry, we will slow down one of these days. I might even get a few good pictures of some birds while we're lazing down a river somewhere in our Sea Eagle (have to buy one soon).
There still are things that brighten up our long driving days. Like these beautiful little ladies:
Rebekah in the arms of her proud big sister, Taylor:
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