A uneventful, mostly sunny 389 mile drive home. Total trip coach miles traveled was 5418 with about 250 extra miles going around Hurricane Florence.
Day 53, Sunday, September, 16, 2018. Salem, VA to Forsyth, GA
Again after checking on Hurricane Florence, we abandon our plan of going through Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC, to I-95 and decide to head further west to avoid the winds and flooding and going around some road closures. We take I-81 to I-40 to Knoxville, TN, then I-75 in Chattanooga, TN, south into GA. We had rain until Chattanooga which was mostly light, a good thing since our windshield wipers were not functioning. A newly waxed windshield made it possible to drive in the light rain. We stopped at Walmart in Forsyth, GA, after 509 mile, another new mileage in a day record.
Day 52, Saturday. September 15, 2018. Jersey City, NJ to Salem, VA (Roanoke).
After checking on Hurricane Florence, we begin our travel to home by heading a more westerly route, I-78 to I-81 and stop at a Walmart in Salem, VA, near Roanoke after 458 miles, an apparent new record for mileage in one day. The outer rain bands of Florence arrived just about the same time as we did.
Day 51, Friday. September 14, 2018. Millis, MA to Jersey City, NJ (NYC).
After a very pleasant and extended visit with the Davis gang, we depart for Liberty Harbor RV Campground. On the way we stopped at Stonewall Kitchen near Hartford, CT, for samples and half a dozen jars of Rosemary’s favorite, Wild Maine Blueberry Preserves. After some incredible traffic, we arrived at our campground and checked into our no service, gravel lot for a one night stay to have dinner with Daniel and the grandkids. Dinner at Surya Indian Cuisine was good but seeing Daniel and the grandkids made fighting the traffic well worthwhile. The traffic back to the campground was light and no problem.
Days 44 through 50. September 7 - 13, 2018. Millis, MA.
Friday was microbrew hopping, Jack’s Abby for 12 samples, Springdale Barrel Room for a few more and finally Exhibit “A” Brewing Company. A very fun afternoon. Saturday was a trip to the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. The weather was perfect, sunny and cool, and the sculptures were interesting and included one appropriately named “An Ugly Mess”. Afterward we partake in a tasting at the Nashoba Valley Winery where each tasting is 10 one ounce pours. The Massachusetts wines were surprisingly good but after 10 ounces can one really tell? Sunday was a gathering with Johnny and gang at Kathy’s house. Monday was our original day we intended to leave but Hurricane Florence was approaching south where we intended to head so we extended our stay in Millis. Thursday was dinner with Johnny and Amy at Mango Tree Thai.
Day 43, Thursday, September 6, 2018. Arlington, VT to Millis, MA
A quick stop at the Sugar Shack which is right next door to the campground where we bought a half dozen cider doughnuts and it being our last opportunity in Vermont, a gallon jug of maple syrup. Then we hit the road for our visit with Kathy and the Davis gang in Millis. When we arrived, a new dedicated 20 amp outlet was awaiting us which provided just enough electricity that we canceled our campground reservation in Bellingham eliminating the 20 minute drive each way to visit the Davis gang. Dinner at the Heritage of Sherborn was good but the company was much better.