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Old 10-15-2017, 08:58 PM   #1
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Rocinante's Big Adventure - 2017

We've been on a continuing adventure since Labor Day. We're still having fun, and our adventure probably won't end until sometime in December.

Where have we been?
  • 9/4 – 9/5/2017 – Collier Memorial State Park, Chiloquin, OR
  • 9/5 – 9/6/2017 – Manzanita Lake Campground, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral, CA
  • 9/6 – 9/7/2017 – Fallen Leaf Campground, South Lake Tahoe, CA
  • 9/7 – 9/8/2017 – Esmeralda Market, RV Park and cabins, Dyer, NV
  • 9/8 – 9/10/2017 – Lake Meade RV Village, Boulder City, NV
  • 9/10 – 9/11/2017 – Zion Canyon Campground and RV Resort, Springdale, UT
  • 9/11 – 9/12/2017 – Bryce Canyon Pines Campground, Bryce, UT
  • 9/12 – 9/13/2017 – Wonderland RV Park, Torrey, UT (Between Capitol Reef and Escalante)
  • 9/13 – 9/15/2017 – Moab Valley RV Resort & Campground, Moab, UT (Close to Arches, with access to Canyonlands)
  • 9/15 – 9/17/2017 – Gateway RV Park and Campground, Carbondale, CO
  • 9/17 - 9/18/2017 – Limon KOA Journey, Limon, CO
  • 9/18 – 9/19/2017 – Goodland KOA, Goodland, KS
  • 9/19 – 9/21/2017 – Ellis Lakeside Campground, Ellis, KS
  • 9/21 – 9/23/2017 – Lake Shawnee County Campground, Topeka, KS
  • 9/23 – 9/25/2017 – Lake of the Ozarks State Park Campground, Brumley, MO
  • 9/25 – 9/27/2017 – Trail of Tears State Park Campground, Cape Girardeau, MO
  • 9/27 – 10/8/2017 – Hopkinsville, KY
  • 10/8 – 10/12/2017 – KOA Nashville Music City Drive, Nashville, TN
  • 10/12 – 10/16/2017 – Twin Creeks RV Park, Gatlinburg, TN
Where are we going?
  • 10/16 – 10/19/2017 – Asheville, NC
  • 10/19 – 10/20/2017 – Newton, NC
  • 10/20 – 10/23/2017 – Clayton, NC
  • 10/23 – 10/27-2017 – Myrtle Beach, SC
  • After that, very much TBD, though we'll be in Orlando, FL Thanksgiving week.
  • We'll be heading back to Seattle after Orlando. Most likely we'll go west via the I-10 corridor and then up the coast. Our route isn't locked in, but it seems a good way to dodge snowy and/or icy weather as much as possible on our way back.
After Myrtle Beach, we'd welcome your ideas and suggestions for interesting places to stay and see that line up with our general route plan.

Would also love a pointer to a good web site or app that makes it easy to create and share a route map with other folks, perhaps via our blog once we start updating it again. A nice route map with pins is more fun to share than the list above.
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Old 10-16-2017, 05:59 AM   #2
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You guys have been tearing up the highway!

Sounds like a great trip, and may you thoroughly enjoy the rest of it.

Travel safe,

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What did you think of Trail of Tears SP down by Cape Girardeau MO? Just curious, as I've been by it many times, but never actually entered the park. Always in a hurry. Looks like a great trip. Less than two years until retirement, then we can schedule something longer than 17 days..
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Between Myrtle beach and Orlando you should try to spend some time in Savannah. Skidaway island state park is a great campground and only minutes from downtown Savannah. We will be there starting November 16 for a week.
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Old 10-16-2017, 06:33 AM   #5
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We did that trip in the reverse direction earlier this year.
What a trip!
Have fun and be safe, there is soooo much to see.
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What did you think of Trail of Tears SP down by Cape Girardeau MO? Just curious, as I've been by it many times, but never actually entered the park. Always in a hurry. Looks like a great trip. Less than two years until retirement, then we can schedule something longer than 17 days..


ToT SP was quite nice, actually. They have a good visitor center, though the hours are curtailed this time of year. There are two campgrounds, one down by the river with hookups and plenty of flat space, and another up in the hills by the lake with no hookups and nothing that would fit any RV longer than about 20 feet. We obviously camped down by the river.

Potential downside of camping by the river: There are definitely heavy freight trains that travel on the tracks between the campground and the river. There is also a small “ding ding ding” type crossing, so the train has to honk its horn plenty as it goes by. On the plus side, you can watch the river traffic going by and it is otherwise very quiet there.

We didn’t really mind the trains, though some folks might not like that. OTOH, if you are a train nerd, it is heaven on earth, haha. We saw long and short freight trains, and we saw a few work trains go by, including a number of special purpose cars - trucks adapted to ride the rails, another special car that drives itself and has a digger on it, and so on. Pretty cool, really.

Cape Girardeau is also a decent town, with a small college campus. It was fun to visit. We were pleasantly surprised at how diverse it was. There was a small International market, and even a Thai restaurant. The food at the Thai place was pretty bland, but still - they had one, and you can fix most anything with soy sauce and enough sriracha.

Overall, we’d recommend ToT State Park for a couple of nights, especially if you’d like to learn more about the sad history behind the Trail of Tears. BTW, if you’re in the area, Hopkinsville, KY has a very nice ToT memorial, as it is a certified location of one of the sad camps on that sad trail. Well worth stopping by to see it. We must remember our past, especially when it is this painful.
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Sounds like a great trip, and may you thoroughly enjoy the rest of it.



Travel safe,



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Thanks, Maggie! It is our first post-retirement trip, and we’re having a great time so far.
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Between Myrtle beach and Orlando you should try to spend some time in Savannah. Skidaway island state park is a great campground and only minutes from downtown Savannah. We will be there starting November 16 for a week.


Thanks for that tip, we will look into that state park! When we can find them, we immensely prefer state, county and even city parks to private RV parks.
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We did that trip in the reverse direction earlier this year.

What a trip!

Have fun and be safe, there is soooo much to see.

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Thanks, Bruce! Definitely more stuff to see than time to see it, but we’re working on it.
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Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach is an interesting place. One weekend a month they have a garrison at the fort with folks dressed in period clothing and providing insight to how folks lived at the fort. At other times they have a self-guided tour ($1 pp IIRC) with a few docents scattered around to answer questions. There is a museum with a lot of history placards and artifacts. They have a river campground (very few sites fit a long trailer) in an oak hammock and a beach campground. The beach campground is a loop around a relatively new nice shower/restroom building but only has a few sites with a direct view of the ocean. Downtown Fernandina beach is an interesting walk. Leaving Fernandina Beach you can take a ferry http://stjohnsriverferry.com/ across the St. Johns River towards Jacksonville, then catch I-10 and head west. The river was up due to Irma so check to make sure it is running.

On the way to Orlando, Steven Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is another good campground. They have a carillon that plays concerts and chimes on the hour in the daytime, and, I think, a museum. There are tours of the carillon as well.

Would be good to plan and make your reservations well in advance. This is getting into the time of year when we Floridians cannot find a campsite anywhere in the state due to the snowbirds coming down for the winter. They work the 14-day limit by planning out the whole winter, moving back and forth between campgrounds as required.

I use the Good Sam Trip Planner. You have to be a Good Sam member to use it but I think it alone is worth the price.

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Thumbs up Rocinante

Awesome trip, and AWESOME name. If it is reference to Xygnus X1 then I am jealous I didn't think of it first. Outstanding. Please tell me you have it lettered on your trailer somewhere.
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Wow, you guys ARE burning up the roads. We have been to a few of those places (22 states over 3 years so far), and are planning a (next fall) trip to Washington DC, Gettysburg, Nantucket, Maine, etc., via I-90, and back to Denver by I-80. Then on to Glacier NP, Banff NP, Vancouver and Seattle for the next trip.
BTW, I'm reading Travels With Charley, for the first time.
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Leadvox, wasn't Cygnus X1 a song by the band RUSH? Is that what you are thinking of?
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Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach is an interesting place. One weekend a month they have a garrison at the fort with folks dressed in period clothing and providing insight to how folks lived at the fort. At other times they have a self-guided tour ($1 pp IIRC) with a few docents scattered around to answer questions. There is a museum with a lot of history placards and artifacts. They have a river campground (very few sites fit a long trailer) in an oak hammock and a beach campground. The beach campground is a loop around a relatively new nice shower/restroom building but only has a few sites with a direct view of the ocean. Downtown Fernandina beach is an interesting walk. Leaving Fernandina Beach you can take a ferry http://stjohnsriverferry.com/ across the St. Johns River towards Jacksonville, then catch I-10 and head west. The river was up due to Irma so check to make sure it is running.

On the way to Orlando, Steven Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is another good campground. They have a carillon that plays concerts and chimes on the hour in the daytime, and, I think, a museum. There are tours of the carillon as well.

Would be good to plan and make your reservations well in advance. This is getting into the time of year when we Floridians cannot find a campsite anywhere in the state due to the snowbirds coming down for the winter. They work the 14-day limit by planning out the whole winter, moving back and forth between campgrounds as required.

I use the Good Sam Trip Planner. You have to be a Good Sam member to use it but I think it alone is worth the price.

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Hey, thanks for those tips! We will definitely check out Ft Clinch SP, Steven Foster Folk Culture Center SP, and the Good Sam tool. We're already members, so no problem there.
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