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Old 03-18-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
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Gerry & Robin are ready to head north; FL to MA

OK, so I posted in the new intro forum a few days ago when we picked up our new-to-us Casita here in Florida. Since then we've been balancing time between some family estate doings and familiarizing ourselves with the Casita. Now we are ready to start our trip north in the morning. Our current plan will allow us 5 days and 4 nights to really get to know the Casita. We are really pleased with it at this point. It's now plugged in with the refrigerator cooling down, mostly loaded for the trip. Our schedule allows us some easy travelling days. Tomorrow, day 1, should take us from central Florida to Bainbridge, GA; this is less than 5 hours of drive time. I hope to be able to post along the way, but we'll need to find wireless; neither of us are into smartphones/3g/4g/etc yet. Today, the Grand Cherokee lit up the check engine light; I carry an ODBII reader on trips and was able to check and clear the code. The code P1494 referenced an emissions system problem which a lot of people have found to be a vacuum leak. I didn't find the cause yet, but will monitor it. It's not a problem to drive it (and the code did not return yet). So no worries and we are very excited to start this adventure!
But wait, what's a trip report without photos? Between all the goings-on here we took a break for a good part of a day to go to Circle B Bar Reserve; an awesome spot if you like to watch birds. I blew through over 500 photos that I now have to weed through, but here are less than 20 that are some of my first pass favorites.
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:22 PM   #2
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Where in MA are you from. McDonalds & Burger Kings usually have free WiFi. Some of them require a password which may be on your receipt, others you can get it by just pulling into the parking lot. Some of the SC state parks have WiFi. We went to GA for a few weeks in December, going back in a couple weeks. We are between Albany NY and Pittsfield MA. Where's the camper photos. Mary & Bob
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:02 PM   #3
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Day 1 Part 1

And on day 3 there was a wifi connection! We've been having a great trip. We left Florida on Monday. The drive north was uneventful; we headed NW to end up in Bainbridge, GA for the night.
Here is a photo of the combo ready to roll in Auburndale, FL.


Here's our pilot for now, navigating through cattle county.


But wait! Robin wants a turn at the helm too.

And the neat thing is we can eat well (healthy) since we have the 4 cu ft fridge. Here's a lunch stop for some wraps. And the refrigerator/freezer even keeps Robin's ice cream hard when on DC power on the road. She is in heaven!


And so we made it to Bainbridge, GA. We camped at site 2 in Eastbank Campground on Lake Seminole. It was a fantastic spot on the lake.




We had a great view of the hydroelectric dam/facility across the lake. I work in the hydro industry, so this is of great interest to me. I believe it is the Jim Woodruff station.


And me scoping it out.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:04 PM   #4
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Day 1 part 2

Here we are, ready to watch the sunset.


But wait, what's this? Look up, carefully! Thousands of birds flying over...I'm amazed we didn't get pooped on!


And the sunset photos...




G'night!
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:15 PM   #5
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Hi M&B!
We live not far from the Ashfield/Plainfield town line, so probably no more than an hour SE of you. I've used McD's wifi before, but Robin gets antsy if I get online and we could be driving. :-) She's not the internet junkie type. I'll have to look into 3g or 4g. Maybe it's time for the new ipad?
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Where in MA are you from. McDonalds & Burger Kings usually have free WiFi. Some of them require a password which may be on your receipt, others you can get it by just pulling into the parking lot. Some of the SC state parks have WiFi. We went to GA for a few weeks in December, going back in a couple weeks. We are between Albany NY and Pittsfield MA. Where's the camper photos. Mary & Bob
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:31 PM   #6
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Day 2 Part 1

OK, time for breakfast! It sure is nice having a kitchen here.
Muffin in a minute from the recipe forum here, and a grapefruit from a FL neighbor's tree.


Here's a happy camper after breakfast.


We depart Eastbank and head for Tallulah Gorge. Here is a shot or two along the way.




Caffeine!
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:54 PM   #7
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Day 2 Part 2

We made it to Tallulah Gorge in time for a hike down; what is it, over 1000 steps down? Nice views though! Here is the suspension bridge.


A nice spot in the river.


Robin at Hurricane Falls.


A wispy 4 second exposure.


And our home for the night at TGSP.
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:24 AM   #8
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Looks like your having a great trip - nice photos! Hope you figured out the cause of your check engine light/emissions system problem - my Subaru does that if the gas cap has not been put on tight enough. Happened a few times in Oregon where they will not let you pump your own gas. If I stop tighten the gas cap the light goes out after an hour or so of driving and an engine shut off or two.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:46 AM   #9
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Thanks Carol! Yes, Robin's Honda commonly does that unless the cap is really cranked down. I think this code is something else, but it hasn't happened again.
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Looks like your having a great trip - nice photos! Hope you figured out the cause of your check engine light/emissions system problem - my Subaru does that if the gas cap has not been put on tight enough. Happened a few times in Oregon where they will not let you pump your own gas. If I stop tighten the gas cap the light goes out after an hour or so of driving and an engine shut off or two.
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:42 AM   #10
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Thanks for sharing the pictures. You've already started making great memories too. Safe travels!
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:33 AM   #11
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Day 3 Part 1

So day 3 dawns at Tallulah Gorge. Robin commented that we tried the microwave yesterday, so let's try the cookstove and toaster part of the microwave/convection/toaster combo. No complaints from me!


We took a hike another before packing up. Here's a shot of the upper dam with a spill pipe flowing. Most of the water is diverted through a large underground pipe to a storage tank, then to 6 turbine/generators through 6 penstocks.





Oh, here is a tower on one side that was used by a tightrope highwire walker back around 1970 I believe.


Did I mention that Tallulah Gorge is where 'Deliverance' was filmed? And a couple other movies too. Maybe something is going on nearby now, as a state park employee mentioned that John Travolta was here the other day. Oh and DeNiro too.

So while packing up I heard a drip. Uh-oh, what's this?


It's a broken shower trap. We couldn't find a suitable replacement in a couple stops, so some self bonding rubber tape fixed it for now. I guess I'll do the plumbing mods sooner than later when we get back.

Today was a long drive. We actually saw another Casita today! It was southbound near Ashville when we were headed north. I didn't have the presence of mind to grab a photo before it was gone even though I was holding my camera. I think I was busy admiring it. Didn't even see what the TV was.
We took a lot of photos as we came north, nice mountain views; but I see I didn't UL any to PB yet. With all the stops and a few delays to answer questions about the cute little camper, we got to Misty Mountain after dark. I then proceeded to impress Robin with my backing up in the dark skills. Actually, at home I have a small utility trailer that I can't see at all in the mirrors or by looking back. When you do see it in the mirror, it's too late to correct, so she see's me struggle with it. The Casita is MUCH easier.
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:36 AM   #12
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Day 3 Part 2

Dinner time!


I like the flickering LED light we have on the table. It's a febreze unit, and is like a candle.
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:39 AM   #13
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Day 4

This morning we awoke to pea soup thick fog. So thick I couldn't see trees more than 30' away...the kind of fog described in scary novels. :-) And there were dense fog warnings for the area, visibility less than 1/4 mile. We decided to hang around and give it time to burn off in the hope that we could take Skyline Drive north and check out the views. It was 25 years ago this summer that we took a motorcycle ride south on Skyline Drive, and I asked Robin to marry me while camping there.
Wow does the time go by!
So our delay worked out well; we checked out the campground more. We really liked Misty Mountain. If we were to have a campground, it would be like this. The store even had reasonable prices. And then on to Skyline Drive; the fog did burn off and the views were spectacular.
Here are a few shots.
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We left Skyline Drive and headed to Blue Rocks Family Campground in Lenhartsville, PA. It was tough to find an open campgound this far north. Actually, Blue Rocks isn't officially open yet, but they let people passing through stay, and even had full hookups available at one site. This is good because it's our last night on the road, and we'll want to do a full tank dump & flush here in the morning.

Oh, I don't think I mentioned day 3 was 448 miles, day 4 was 308 miles.

I'm impressed with how well the Casita tows. One thing I noticed when we recently drove into night was the lights on the trailer are varying brightness intermittently. And then Robin noticed that our brake controller led is lighting when the trailer lights dim (but the brakes are definitely not being applied). I am fairly sure this is a sign of an intermittent ground somewhere between the TV and trailer. I'll track it down when we get home.
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:58 AM   #14
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Very nice trip log, great pictures. Are you liking that floor plan with the two chairs? That is one we are looking at for some extended camping trips. Seems to give you a little more open floor.

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