It was not an April Fool’s Day joke, we really did leave (sniff) the J. Strom Thurmond COE Project on 1 April. It was a bunch of work to get packed up after six months. Before we pulled out, we loaded the car with some winter clothing and our leftover firewood to take to our daughter’s house.
I washed the Journey to get the dust off and shined up my new tires.
We enjoyed one last sunset from our campsite.
This was the nicest campsite we’ve ever had. Even better than Disney World.
We had to say goodbye to Mike and Terri, we sure enjoyed being neighbors for six months. We hope to be neighbors again.
We went to the Visitor Center to turn in our volunteer vests and name tags.
A bunch of the rangers and staff all came to say goodbye, it was very much appreciated by us. I guess they will let us come back in the fall. ;c)
We even got a chance to take a silly “selfie” with Ranger Pepper, whom we’ve done a bunch of pin hunting for.
Then we were off. We planned a short driving day, I know it’s a disappointment to my PDD fans, but I had a major maintenance task to get done. The Journey needed an oil change. We stopped at a Speedco shop outside of Atlanta, GA to get it done.
It didn’t take 30 minutes, they were swamped. I got in the shortest line.
After two hours, my turn came.
An hour later, the Journey had a lube job, fresh oil and fuel filters. It worked out well, it was perfect timing for us to hit the Atlanta rush hour.
Some 215 miles later, we pulled in to a Walmart for the night. We got permission to to stay and only spent $24! A cheap night at Walmart for a change.
Today we did another short day, stopping for a $200 fuel fill up and later for lunch. We decided to take advantage of our Passport America membership and booked into an RV campground for the night in Tennessee, another short driving day, 225 miles.
If we keep driving these short days, I’m starting to worry that my PDD club membership will be revoked! :c)
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