We arrived in Dandridge, Tennesee, yesterday after a long 365-mile drive which covered much of the length of the state. We originally built some down-time into our schedule for this stop to allow for rest and recharging. Good thing, because it’s certainly needed.
Since departing eastern Nebraska in mid-August we’ve traveled through and stayed at parks in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. We broke from our schedule for a hurried side trip to northern Mississippi to have 5th Wheel adjustments/repairs performed at the VanLeigh factory service center. Yesterday’s drive put us back on our original schedule. You can view a map of our travels and stopover points here.
During this period we have had two opportunities to physically catch up with people we haven been communicating with via FB.
Before we started this adventure, Bonnie contacted a childhood friend, Kathy Goddard Hester, when she learned Kathy and her husband have been full-time RVing for a while. Kathy shared her blog with us and a wealth of knowledge that she and her husband, John, have acquired along the way. In a stroke of luck we discovered Kathy and John were going to be at the same RV park in Kentucky that we were. It was great fun to catch up over dinner and drinks and to meet their beautiful and snuggly dog, Sadie.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to take advantage of an opportunity to connect with our friends from Charlotte, Tom and Kathy Dills, who also happened to be in Kentucky. The timing on our part didn’t work out but we look forward to connecting with them when we return to Charlotte later this year.
In Mississippi, we met Jason and Kim Axberg at the VanLeigh Service Center. We “met” them via a FB friendship built around their purchase of their Vilano 5th Wheel. While the circumstance and surroundings weren’t ideal for dinner or cocktails, we nevertheless enjoyed meeting them in person. They’re a wonderful couple who live in Texas with the most loving and tender hearted rescued pit bull, Bella.
Yes, it’s been a busy period, but a few days of peace and quiet, not to mention the lovely scenery and mountain air will work wonders. This is the first time we’ve been on eastern time this year. 🙂