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Settling Down

We’ve decided to settle down in…

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON!

It’s the most logical choice. We’ve lived there twice before. We have friends, doctors, dentists, family and other services already established so there’s no start-up stress. It meets all of our criteria for hobbies and activities. Spokane is warm and dry in the summer, cold and sunny in the winter and experiences the four seasons. And it’s affordable to live here without breaking the bank :)

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Westward Ho!

We left Ohio and quickly made our way through Indiana by way of Indianapolis. We stopped for the night just outside of Peoria, Illinois at a park called Kamp Komfort. It was in the middle of a cornfield, but that’s not saying much, as there’s very little besides cornfields in central Illinois :)

The caretaker didn’t answer the phone so we took our chances and just pulled-in, hoping they had a site with full hook-ups; they had a pull-through spot for us with full hookups that would allow us to keep our toad connected. It was perfect! The park was older but very well-tended and eerily quiet.

We got there early in the day so Jason had plenty of time to work after we hooked up and cranked the air conditioning.

The next morning we headed to Iowa, woohoo!

 

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West Virginia or Bust

We made it out of Massachusetts just as the rains came and had a nice cool travel day through Rhode Island and Connecticut. It only took 39 minutes to cut through Rhode Island, long enough to ponder the validity of its name since it is not an island nor even a peninsula. In keeping with the theme of New England it should’ve at least been named “New Rhode,” but I digress.

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Delaware

After passing through Maryland we arrived in Delaware; a new sticker to add to our state map. We ended up leaving a day late because the night before we were planning on leaving we noticed the brakes on our Saturn acting funny. We were able to take it in to a shop in Woodbridge and after many hours they fixed the brakes, a hydraulic leak and a tire that was beginning to bulge. By that time we would hit DC traffic if we tried to head out. DC traffic is not fun. So we opted to stay another night.

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Durham, North Carolina

After driving all day we finally arrived in North Carolina, specifically Birchwood RV Park in Durham. This park is unique. The owner doesn’t take reservations and most of the clientele are older mobile homes and patients at Duke University Hospital. They come and they go and everything seems to be lacking a system, or rather, the system is in the owner’s head. Actually, there was some question about this place from our other fulltime RVing friends. Seems they pulled in, drove around, and pulled right out. It really doesn’t have the nicest first impression. Think “hill-billy”. We called yesterday and Pham, the owner told us he had a 50 amp full hook up site, but when we arrived he said he only had a water and electric site, oh and there aren’t any restrooms or showers. Too bad this is the ONLY place within 90 minutes.