So now it was off to the New Horizons Owners Group (NHOG) Rally at the Blueberry Hill RV Resort in Bushnell Florida. We had to be there for October 24th and ended up arriving on the 22nd . The route to date looked like this:
Finding a place to stay that can handle a big rig, near St. Louis MO seemed to be problematic (although we are getting better at finding RV parks). We ended up staying one night at the Sundermeier RV Park & Conference Center. Nice, but terribly overpriced.
From there, it was off to Paducah TN and the Duck Creek RV Park.
We had been traveling so far with the CB on and listening to the truck chatter. Sometimes very difficult to understand the lingo, but all we did was listen. On our way out of St. Louis, a trucker called us up after passing us (must have seen the antenna on the truck roof) and complimented us on the RV. It really made our day.
Paducah was a really nice place, convenient shopping and the downtown seemed to be very interesting. The next time we are going through here, we will definitely plan on spending some time exploring. There was also a nice large dog run for Robbie and Abbey. The plan had been to just stay overnight, but we woke up on Tuesday and it was pouring rain and decided to stay an extra day.
Our next stop was going to be in the neighborhood of Chattanooga, which also has a Camping World and an attached RV Park. The trip to Chattanooga down I24 was also our first encounter with some grades. I24 has some nice uphill and downhill 6% grades and The Beast handled them with ease. We could accelerate up the mountain to pass the slower 18 wheelers and there was absolutely no control problems on the down side, not having to ride the brakes. The Tow Mode on the F450, the combination of exhaust brakes and downshifting, kept us under control at all times with only the occasional tap on the brakes. Along the way, we passed South Pittsburgh TN which is home of the Lodge Factory and Outlet Store (exit 152 on I24). Someplace to keep in mind for future visits.
The RV Park at Camping World was not at all equipped to handle large rigs. It was a real squeeze to get in and had to park The Beast in an empty site next door. The only advantage was being able to walk to the store. Next time, we will park at an RV park close by and drive to the Camping World. It was only for the 1 night.
Next morning, we set off southbound on I75, around Atlanta, and at Ashburn GA, headed to the Wanee Lake Country Club. This was a really nice RV park and we stayed for 2 days. It so happened that an RV couple came over and were interested in our New Horizons. They are in the business of harvesting crops, and were here to harvest farms growing green beans. They gave us a bag of really, really fresh green beans that were just fantastic.
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|It’s Off to Kansas We Go|
|New Horizons RV Factory, Junction City, Kansas|
|Un-Packing the U-haul and packing the RV|
|Learning about Our New Home|
|Testing all of the RV sub-systems|
|First Trip-10 Miles|
|South Dakota and Business|
|Camp New Horizons|
|Kansas to Florida|
|NHOG Rally 2011|
|Florida to Texas|
|New Orleans - The Big Easy|