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Time is moving too fast!

Posted 07-16-2017 at 11:28 AM by mbubbaca

Where did the time go? We've been on the road for 6 days. It's hard to believe it has been that long.

It's quite a site to have 3 shiny silver trailers caravaning down the interstate. I do notice a few smiles passing us by. We get a lot of attention at rest stops.

We've skirted Detroit and Columbus and that was good. I must say the roads or the right lane of most roads are pretty rough. We stay out of the way since we're usually below the speed limit and let others pass on by.

Those who have driven with me know that this is taking much discipline on my part. I am a go with the flow ( 5 miles over the limit at least ) guy and I use all the travel lanes to move on down the road. ( See previous rants on cars that hang in the left lane holding traffic up.)

I will add to the rant list the drivers who do not know how to merge into flowing traffic from access ramps. When I can I move over and let them in or slow down some to give them a chance. I even blink my lights to communicate that I see them and they should make a move. There are far too many drivers that wait until the end of the acceleration lane to merge after slowing down - it's called the acceleration lane. I really love the ones that honk at me for not letting them in after I've slowed down. Can't move over because of an 18 wheeler on my left. Blinked the lights to do what? Well, I'm trying to give them a chance to get on. I don't know what they are thinking because they come to the end of the acceleration lane and either stop and honk or speed up and drive 1/2 on the shoulder while they finally communicate with me one hand on the horn and the other in salute to me.

The rhythm of the trip is very comfortable. We drive about 400 miles between campgrounds and spend 2 nights at each place.
One Airstream takes sponsorship of a stop. That means planning dinner the first night and doing research on what was in the area that might be of interest.
Dinner can be on site or reservations. It's a great way to get to know a little about the place and takes the pressure off of what to eat after 4 plus hours on the road.
We've taken a paddle wheeler, toured museums, historic houses and just hung out.
Hanging out was made comfortable by running the air conditioning in the 90-degree heat. What a way to camp.

There have been no little detours on this segment as we are all dialed in on our GPS and maps. I did get my own CB and it's working only because of a fellow traveler.
What a special group of people. I come back to the campground with a new CB and once again a fellow traveler comes to the rescue.
He has the meters and other tools to tune my antenna for optimal range.

This outstanding friendship and willingness to help are so uplifting.

This segment's challenge was the Mackinaw bridge. When we were about an hour away we got word that there were high winds and travel advisories. One of our fellow travelers texted that he was on the bridge and there was only traffic from road work.

I spent the approach steeling myself for the drive over the span. One of our fellow caravaners shared that there were drivers available at the ends of the bridge if you need them. There are urban legends ( I hope ) of people stopping at the top of the bridge frozen in fear. There is one legend that the driver got into the back seat in a fetal position.

The trip across was uneventful and the campground is right on the lake. We were treated to cool temperatures and strong breezes as we set up.

We are the sponsors at this stop. We researched and provided 2 pages of things to do. We all had dinner at a sports bar hotel.
With all the things to do it seems that Sunday will be laundry day.
When we started planning this trip I did ask a question about "how many pairs of underwear are you bringing?" A legitimate question since we need to be in synch. We are at the max and a laundry day is welcome. Seems all the caravan has the same number of underwear packed.

This will be our last stop with the caravan. We leave to travel on our own down to visit our Michigan / Florida neighbors after this stop.
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