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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Three–Two

We've been enamored with the ability to enjoy our home on wheels, no matter where we park it. Being on the road now and trying to cover long distances it is wonderful to be able to avail ourselves of free overnight parking at establishments that welcome RVs - Walmart, Cracker Barrel and our favorite: Flying Js.

Walmarts cost me too much money, because of Marti's "retail therapy".  Something about needing to unwind and stretch her legs walking around the store, usually ending up with a full shopping cart. ;c)

Flying J doesn't have shopping carts, they have much more important things we need.  Like nice parking areas for RVs.

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You won't find Yellow Box sandals (Marti's favorite) here. Better things, sort of a one stop shop for all the Journey's needs.  Even an occasional nice sunset every once and a while.  ;c)

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I enjoy that I can fill my fuel tank at an easily accessible RV island, with a hose nozzle that is car sized instead of the monster high flow nozzles on the truck islands. I can also fill up my propane tank as well as my fresh water tank while being able to dump my black and gray tanks.

I pull out with three full tanks and two empty tanks, ready once again to roll down the road. 

We stopped at Marti’s sister’s house outside of Akron, Ohio for a quick visit.  Her sister lives on a dead end street, and after checking with the police, we got permission to park in front of her house for two nights. 

  We’ve had a whirlwind fun time but tomorrow we have to make tracks to Sioux Falls.  According to Map Quest, we have about 950 miles to cover over the next few days.  You can be sure we’ll be making a few more Flying J stops.

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.

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18 comments:

  1. There are some really great places to park along the road. Walmart isn't a cheap stop for us either. The best part is you aren't living out of a suitcase and everything you need you get to take with you. Enjoy your travels.

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  2. You guys do put on some miles! But it seems you are having a ball!

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  3. Never stayed at a Flying J but you make it sound kinda good!!

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  4. nice resort you found with the Flying J!. :)..enjoy the 'amenities'!

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  5. This trip ill be a bit warmer than the previous. Enjoy the sights and trip. Looking forward to photos.

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  6. I fully understand the need for Flying J instead of WM. Safe travels!

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  7. We really like Flying J as well, but out west I don't think I have ever seen one of their parking lots that empty!

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  8. I want to know which Wal Mart sells Yellow Box flip flops??? Everyone has their favorites, we avoid Flying J's--way too much chaos for us usually! Safe travels.

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  9. We've never stayed at any of the above since we seldom travel that far in one day and usually stay at least 2 nights wherever we land since we aren't often in a hurry to get anywhere. But there may come a day, for sure. We've always wondered how you could sleep in a place with diesels going in and out all night and day. So what say you? Is that a problem for the light sleeper?

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    1. We run the generator when we hit the hay and either put on the a/c if it's hot out or run a fan in the bedroom for white noise.

      At Flying J, we park in the RV slots which are way away from the truck parking, in Walmarts, we park at the farthest spot away from the store as we can.

      For the price and the conveinance we can't complain when we're in the high speed travel mode (will we ever really slow down?).

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  10. Those places are not my cup of tea either. I'm just not comfortable in a business parking lot.

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  11. We also Wally and Jdock, but we have found, with the price of gas to run our generator, it's almost as cheap to stay at a nearby Passport America Park. Especially when Wally docking and the addion of a full shopping cart.

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    1. We agree but rarely are PPA parks near where we are when we need them. :c(

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  12. We don't like truck stops for overnighting. Cracker Barrel is the expensive place for us. Jim loves them. Wallyworld - we can usually get though the night without spending too much money.

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  13. butterbean carpenterMay 11, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Howdy Marti & Chief,
    Remember, South Dakota was there the last trip, so, ease off the foot feed, it'll be there when y'all get there, this time.. Y'all are really gonna have to 'fly' around like the hummingbirds to keep up with all of the babies; of course the boys aren't babies,
    anymore!! How many zillion grandparents and g-kids will go to DisneyWorld in June do you imagine?? And
    y'all thought the 'Q' was crowded!!

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  14. We will do a Flying J or a Walmart when needed. But we kinda like the remote countryside or woods if we can find a national forest campground or BLM land dispersed camping. Much quieter!
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  15. I like your stop at the Flying J. I'll have to remember that for our travels! Keep on having fun guys! Do you feel that you have made the adjustment to the fulltiming life?

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  16. We just returned from a trip from Charlotte to Denver and back. We did 2 Walmarts, and 1 flying J. We stayed 2 nights at Graceland RV, and the rest of the 14 days on the street at our son's house in Highlands Ranch, just south of Denver. We love the free spots. Noise don't bother us, we just out snore the noise.

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