Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: central massachusetts
first trip of 2012
Just a couple of notes about my first trip of 2012 that you may or may not find interesting since most of it was on slab. I left central Mass on April 15th with temps in the 50's for Front Royal Virginia. After about 500 miles I ended up camping at the Elizabeth Furnace National Forest Campground between Strasburg VA and Front Royal. This was a spectacular campground and I highly recommend it to anyone going that way. Day 2 had me up early and into Shenandoah National Park doing the 105 miles of Skyline Drive. The weather up there was in the 70's. clear and beautiful with no traffic so it was like I had the place to myself. I ended the day in a dumpy Motel 6 in Wytheville VA with temps in the mid 80's. Day 3 was another spectacular day 0n I-77 headed through Charlotte NC and the Columbia SC where I detoured to Congaree National Park. They are going through somewhat of a drought down there plus it was close to the high 80's. If you are into birdwatching like I am Congaree is the place to go. Spent the night of day 3 in a Knights Inn dumpette just a step up from the previous Motel 6. Too hot to camp so you get what you can for $28.99 when you are pinching pennies. Day 4 I ended up in central Florida in the town of The Villages which is an adult Disney World which was cultural shock for this country bumpkin (1497 miles from home). I spent 4 days relaxing and enjoying the warmth and then started looking at the weather forecast for the ride home. Predictions of snow in PA....WTF. No sooner than I pulled onto the highway it started to rain but it was warm rain and the rain suit worked great. I was in and out of the rain all day from Okala, Jacksonville, and Savannah. I'm taking a different ride home up the I-95 corridor (big mistake) but I had never done that route so it was a challenge. Day 2 started clean and in the 50's but by the time I got to Richmond it was in and out of rain and lots and lots of traffic. DC was so busy, fast and a light rain I didn't get a chance to look beyond my lane of traffic. Baltimore was a CF so I headed up I-83 to York PA to spend the night. From Baltimore to York it began to pour and the temps dropped to 40 and by the time I checked into the motel I was shaking so bad I couldn't write my name on the register. Yesterday I got lucky with clear skies in the morning but the bank thermometer said 36 so I cranked up the Gerbing vest and only ran into some light sprinkles in the Poconos along the Delaware River just south of Milford PA on highway 209. The rest of the trip was uneventful and I was glad to get away for 10 days (1386 miles for the return ride). Thinking about PEI for the next trip.
I just found out about frostypuck so frosty, if you read this I hope you are doing well and we hope to see you on the road soon.
Last edited by scooterboyusa; 05-05-2012 at 08:54 AM.