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Published: October 28th 2018
And we are off again. Make sure you are buckled up. Before we left Fort Chiswell Campground, Lulu had to have a photo op. She spied a herd of cows behind where we were parked. I thought I had heard mooing. Lulu ran over (best she could - no legs) to pet them....and scared them away! She jumped up on the post (best she could - no legs) and posed for her picture. She was happy. As we returned to the RV, I noticed the black cows now were replaced by white sheep. Like a magic show. No more pictures....the scenery might change again. We left the park at 9:30 AM. It was cool, overcast but NO rain. Whew.
Oh...hey, I forgot a photo in yesterday’s blog so you will get to see it now. Lucky, lucky you. Since our car was still attached, we made due with food in our RV.....hot soup and biscuits ( you didn’t eat them all, thankfully). Cory and Lulu dined together in our closed up RV .....cozy & comfy. We only open one bedroom slide when we are traveling. We maneuver the narrow pathway just fine....single file, though. Lulu just rolls herself down the
aisle like a bowling ball. Sometimes, she ends up in the gutter.
At 10:07 AM, we sailed down the big mountain at the Virginia border where it enters into North Carolina. The sun was brightly shining so we had to pull our front window shade down a bit. Love that sunshine! It was blinding Lulu, though. She had to wear two pair of sunglasses.
As we headed towards CharlotteN.C., we took the bypass around that treacherous city. For years we have white knuckled it through this congested city that has so many “exit only” lanes. You had to memorize where they were in order to stay in the proper lane....very tricky moving this lengthy, mobile house & car over. Not everyone is courteous and willing to let you in. Whyyyyyyyy? Anyway, if you don’t know about this bypass (which you should always take from now on), here’s the directions: From I-77 South, take exit 67 (which is I-485....outer) and stay on 485 for quite awhile and it will take you back to I-77 again....heading towards Columbia...you will soon see the Carowinds Amusement Park on the right. Large, smooth, easy riding highway and today, traffic was minimal. Try it,
you’ll like it!
We stopped for gas at a Flying J. Cory prefers Pilot or Love’s and thought this one was going to be a Pilot. Wrong. We always have a bad experience at Flying J’s and this one proved no different. Cory pulled up for diesel gas along with all the other big trucks. We sat waiting and waiting. Finally, he noticed no one was even pumping gas into their trucks parked within the pump areas. Whaaat? Something wrong with the pumps? Cory went in to see. Nope.....just discourteous drivers who decided to SHOP in the truck store and leave their trucks running where we wanted to be, as other customers did also. Finally, this absurd looking character who had the truck ahead of us came out with some little boy. Oh,goody. We are going to get to move. Nope!! He wasn’t moving. He just started pumping the gas! Whaaat? He took his own swell time doing this, puttering around doing a dozen other little chores. Aaaah....FINALLY, Jerko moves his rig forward and parks it. He returns to the store. Cory gets out and pumps our gas. Now we are still stuck behind this a__hole. We are getting
fed up as you can’t tell by my obscene language. Sorry about that. Cory goes back in the store....Sicko is buying potato chips! What was he doing in the store before and now that took him so long?? Who knows! Cory gave him the death/sick eye and he finally returned to his truck. He moves it up a little further.....enough for us to get around....and then Dingbat goes back in the store. He must have something going on in there.....maybe setting up a cab date! We eventually pulled away from this evil Flying J after 45 minutes!! Thanks to Pukewad!
Around 4:00 PM, we stopped in a rest area to try and figure out where we could stay for the night. All the campgrounds in Georgia and Jacksonville, Fl. had nothing available. Rats. We finally found a KOA that had one site left but Cory would have to disconnect. Ok, Ok, anything will do.....even a manger. Only thing with this campground, it is still in South Carolina...Yemassee Point South KOA (Exit 33) off I-95. One more big state almost completed on this journey....we did go through N.C. but that isn’t too big compared to the rest. Cory reassures me
(and you, too)....we will get to Tropical Palms on Monday....sometime....midnight???
After Cory hooked up our utilities, we took a little walk around the campground. It’s nice here but lots of trees. Because we were unhooked, we took the car to try to find a nice restaurant for supper. My 2011 “Next Exit” book said there was a Denny’s back on the road where we turned into this campground. Couldn’t find it. Cory drove down the highway.....all the way to Yemassee.....which is about the size of Shongo. Only place we saw was a rough looking sports bar with 500 motorcycles around it. Nope....move on. Came back to where we started and went to Edna’s Kitchen for Classic Dining. It was attached to a Best Western Hotel. A little pricey (classic dining?) but an okay menu. Food was pretty good even though some of it was cold. The owner was thrilled we stopped.....we could understand. Limited customers.....we saw a few people actually just get up and leave once they read the menu. Come to find out.....this place had been Denny’s until this past November when this owner took it over. Remember my book is a 2011. Looks like we need to
buy a new one. Do you think?
Once back to the RV, we took one more jaunt around the grounds. Went in the office where they had a wine tasting event going on: $7.50/person. I couldn’t drink enough wine to make it worth it. Cory prefers beer. So he got a craft beer and I got a cafe latte. They were good. We sat with a nice couple from Melbourne, Fl. They spend their summers in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We had a nice time chatting.
This brings us to a close. Time for some shuteye. Ohhh....our bed is soooooo comfy. Wish you could try it out. Cory said he slept like a baby last night. No furnace needed tonight. A tad warmer here in S.C. Time for bed....sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite!
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