Tuesday, May 22, 2018

US Hwy 50 day four

Today's trip brought us back to the Martin Manor RV park where we will rest up for a couple of weeks, restock the pantry and closets.  On June 8 we will resume the Hwy 50 trek and head west which will take us 6 more days to reach the Pacific Ocean.  This is day 4 and at the end of day 10 we will be taking pictures of the Pacific.  Hwy 50 stops somewhere around Sacramento but we will continue to the waters edge.

This project has been quite interesting as except for the route through Missouri we are totally unfamiliar of this route and never know what to expect around the next curve or over the next hill.  Today through the Illinois farming communities we encountered several farm implements on the roadway traveling at 15-20 mph and long stretches of no-passing zones.

Going through St. Louis was interesting and not where I thought Rte 50 would be marked.  I had to turn off Ms Navi and follow MoDOT signing.  It was a bit confusing for awhile but then it all came together and we were on our way.

We have now completed 1112 miles of the total 3131 miles.

This is our day four route 285 miles

and this is the combined days 1-4

Monday, May 21, 2018


We have picked up a hitchhiker.  Yesterday we had a tree frog chirping somewhere close to our camper.  Apparently he/she has bummed a ride as we now have the same chirping right along with us.  There is the space between the truck cab and the camper where we store some bins and bag-chairs.  I believe that he/she is in that area.  Right now we are having some light showers and our passenger is talking to us.  Not a problem as it is quite nice to have mother nature along with us.  He/she will find a new home in Missouri when we get back and unload.

US Hwy 50 day three

It was a very nice drive today, no showers until right after we got setup in our campground for the night and that was brief.

We got into the Cincinnati area a little before 10 which must have been a good time as we had very little traffic.  Here is our route through that metropolitan area right along the Ohio River.

Then it was continuing our drive westward into and across Indiana.  We are tonight right across the Wabash River from Illinois in the eastern time zone and we will gain an hour as soon as we cross the Wabash.

We have now completed 827 miles of the total 3131 miles.

This is our day three route 261 miles

and this is the combined days 1-3

Sunday, May 20, 2018

day of rest

No driving today, just resting.  It's also a very nice day of sunshine without showers.  The current forecast is at 15% chance of precipitation between now and noon time tomorrow, I'll take the 85% chance of none.  Also by noontime we will be past Cincinnati and into Indiana.  Our destination tomorrow is near Vincennes, IN and the campground is the Ouabache Trails.  Ouabache is an old spelling of Wabash as that river is right there forming the border between Indiana and Illinois.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

US Hwy 50 day two

Left Romney, WV around 8:30 this morning and continued our trek following US-50.  Our GWF was doing all she could and held the rain to only a sprinkle while we were getting ready to travel.  Off and on all day we drove through showers and an occasional downpour.  We also had a few hours of driving on dry pavement with the sun shining.

West Virginia Rte 50 today was mostly two lane, rural, mountain roadways.  Lots of 15 mph to 30 mph switchbacks and not a lot of straight roadways.  There were a lot of up over mountains with steep downgrades including those switchbacks which required the Beast's decent assist to keep the brakes cool.

We crossed into Ohio a little after noon and not as many mountain roadways but instead a few four lane divided roadways.  Arrived at our campground, Paint Creek State Park, around 3:30 this afternoon.  Because it is a weekend they required a two night reservation so we will have a day of rest tomorrow before resuming out trek on Monday.

We now have completed 566 miles of the total 3131 miles.

This is today's (day two) route 305 miles
believe me it wasn't as straight as it looks
 and this is the combined day one plus day two

Friday, May 18, 2018

US Hwy 50 day one

Today was a long day, hours that is not miles.  We left Ocean City, MD at the east end of US-50 about 8:30 am and 260 miles later it was 4:30 when we checked into the campground.  There was heavy traffic through DC (DUH) and a lot of stopped backups at lights. There were a few small cars tried to run over us and a taxi or two that believed that they owned the street.  With our LARGE vehicle I was able to make one cab driver back up to give me some room to make my turn.

Our GWF was with us all day.  She did her best this morning after a full night of heavy rain it slacked off to just a sprinkle while I was getting the camper ready to roll.  Then when we stopped for lunch again it was just a sprinkle.  When we arrived at our campsite for tonight again there wasn't even a sprinkle.  However during the drive there were several areas of heavy downpour requiring the wipers to be on fast speed.

As for the first day of our US-50 trek we now have completed 261 miles of the total sea-to-sea length of 3131 miles.  Here is the first sign in downtown Ocean City, MD.
And our path through downtown Washington DC alongside the Washington Mall
almost from the Capital Bldg to Lincoln's memorial as seen in this picture.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sea to shining Sea

Tomorrow begins our trek to cross the continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific following US Hwy 50.  If there was a belt put around the waist of the lower 48 States it would look like this.

The East end of Hwy 50 is in the center of Ocean City, MD at the X, just a few yards from the beach

and tomorrows route will look like this.

Good afternoon

We got out at noon time and went for a fresh seafood lunch, very good.  Then we drove through some more of this island seashore park looking for some of the horses.  We only saw two or three at one spot, off to the side where there were several cars parked on the shoulder of the road to watch them.  There was no place for us to stop but I believe that at least two of them were the same ones that I took pictures of this morning.

I took a walk this morning to try and get a picture of some of the ponies and here is what I found.

When we got back to our campground I stopped at the office and found a site in the electric loop that we could swap for and so tonight we have electric hookups and don't have to worry about the capacity of our batteries or the fact that clouds and fog don't let our solar panel work it's magic.

Tomorrow morning we have an early departure to begin our US Hwy 50 trek.

Good Morning

Our GWF (good weather fairy) was on the job yesterday as we were packing up and stopped the rain long enough for us to load the camper and dump our tanks before it started up again.  Then when we arrived at the beach she cleared up long enough to get all set up at our site.  Maybe she could have had the fog to go away but perhaps that's asking too much.  This morning the skies are cloudy but the fog has lifted and I went our for a few pictures.  Haven't seen any ponies yet but their tracks are all around in the sand.

 a brave paddle boarder out riding the waves

 from atop the dune between us and d'ocean

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

down at d'ocean

Left our campground near Phyllis a little before noon this morning.  Had to load the camper on the truck and then dump our holding tanks and then headed southeast toward Assateague Island State Park.  We have two nights here before beginning our trek west on US 50.

This afternoon there is a heavy fog over the campground so not good for taking pictures.  Hopefully tomorrow will clear up and we can take a few.  Also need to get a picture or two of the wild ponies.  Our campsite is just behind a sand dune from the Atlantic beach.  At this campground we do not have electric hookups so no AC or microwave, otherwise everything else works off of our batteries including our TV which has a bunch of channels and only one of them is a network channel, ABC.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Game 4

I suggested that we stop at game 3 where each of us has a win so we all had bragging rights.  I told Jo and Phyllis that if we played another game someone would be able to brag and the others would feel bad.  They twisted my arm and got out the cards so we did play game number 4 this afternoon.  Now "I" have full bragging rights to this weekends games as champion, winner of games 1 and 4.  😃

Playing cards has always been a pastime enjoyed by our whole family.  Win or lose it passes time and as parents neither Jo nor I ever purposefully let the kids win and they always enjoyed whenever they could beat us, which happens quite often.

Sadly this visit with Phyllis has come to an end and Jo & I head out in the morning for the Atlantic coast.  Our campground tomorrow night is the Assateague State Park just south of Ocean City, MD right on the beach.  There is a herd of wild ponies that roam the island so should get a picture or two.

Monday, May 14, 2018

game three results

Phyllis worked until lunch time today and has the same schedule tomorrow.  This afternoon we completed game three of our card game challenge.  This time Phyllis was the winner so now the score is one game each and we may just let it go like that and not unbalance the wins this trip.

Coming back to the camper right at sundown this evening we were in a thunder storm and we both got our shirts wet running from the truck to the camper.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day to all

It's been a good day here with Phyllis.  It stormed during the night last night but today has just been light sprinkles occasionally.  The forecast for the next several days here includes a 40% - 60% chance of rain so we might as well get used to it.

Since we had our "Mother's Day dinner" Friday evening we have just taken it easy today with no need to fight others for a reservation to dine with Mother.  I stopped at Popeye's on our way in to her house and took a sack of chicken and sides in for lunch time, it was good.  Phyllis said that she had tried them occasionally but this was our first time trying their version of chicken, will definitely do it again.

For our card game this afternoon Phyllis and I let her Mother win, it was her day.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Our campsite

Here are a couple of pictures of our campsite here in Patapsco Valley State Park in Ellicott City, MD.

dogwood trees in the undergrowth from our front door
 Our campsite in the Maryland woods

This is the same campsite that we were in last year for that visit with Daughter.
A rare forested find among the populated urban area.

Change of plans

Original plans were for us to stay here near Phyllis for 3 nights (with electric hookup) and then on the beach near Ocean City for four nights (without electric hookup).  We now are going to stay here for 5 nights and only 2 at the beach.  This will give us a bit more time with our daughter and still give us a day at the beach before beginning our trek west on US-50 hwy.

Had a very nice day today.  Helped Phyllis hang a couple of pictures on her walls, had a very nice lunch, and then I gave the ladies a lesson in how to win at cards.  With Phyllis we enjoy a card game called "hand and foot."  It plays well with three players and sometimes is a bit challenging when cards don't play as you might wish.

Friday, May 11, 2018

in Ellicott City

Now in the Patapsco Valley State Park in Ellicott City, MD.  We are only a few miles from Phyllis' house so much closer than the Ramblin Pines campground that we use to use with the trailers.  That was about a 20+ miles drive in to visit and now only a few minutes.

After getting the camper settled in the campground we went in to visit with Phyllis and Tammy (her best friend and our claimed second daughter),  In the past several years we have visited here in the month of June because of Phyllis' birthday.  In those past years, June is when Tammy would take some of her vacation time and we didn't get to visit with her.  Now since it is May we have enjoyed our time with both ladies.  This evening the ladies took us to a nice local seafood restaurant for a Mother's Day celebration.  We know that Sunday will be almost impossible to get into a restaurant because of that special day.

Another advantage in a May visit to this area is that the spring flowers are simply gorgeous, especially the azaleas and dogwood.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Day two

Through Kentucky and into West Virginia, tonight we are in Flatwoods, WV.  We stopped here last year on our trip to visit Phyllis and then to travel down the Blue Ridge Parkway.  On that trip we stayed at a COE campground on a lake near here but the road from the highway to the campground was twisty and hilly and about 15-20 minutes out of the way which then had to be retraced the next morning.  It was a nice campground but we decided that this trip we would take the much closer KOA campground which is good for a one night stop.  No picture tonight because if you have seen one commercial campground you have seen what most look like.

Today's drive was only 36 miles longer than yesterday but it seemed much, much longer.  We had a long stretch of road construction that had us stopped for a bit and then slow and easy for several miles.  For the past several years in traveling this route we had to drive through Louisville, KY which was a bit hectic, not difficult, just a few confusing lane changes.  They have built a new bridge over the Ohio River on a north-side bypass and that is now our route.  They did make it a toll bridge without toll booths.  Last November when we passed through they took a picture of our license plate and sent us a bill.  I have since purchased an ez-pass transponder which will work for us most anywhere east of the Mississippi.

We always grin when we pass through Hurricane, WV there is a billboard advertising a shop named "Quilts by Phyllis."

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

TV in the woods

Fortunately we have a very good internet connection in this campground.  This evening we have been able to watch our local news and Dish Network programming.  With our satellite connection at home we also have "dish on demand" and can watch any of our local programming or any programmed and recorded shows.  We also have an AT&T internet connection with unlimited data feed which only works when we are in an AT&T coverage area.  Tonight was very good.

Good night all!!!!

Day one for our May outing

One third of the way toward Baltimore sitting back into the Hoosier National Forest.

No lake view for tonight.  There are two campgrounds here in this park and the other one is along the banks of Celina Lake.  That campground doesn't have electric hookups so that is why we opted for electricity over views. 😁

What time is it?  It is totally confusing, my smart(alec) phone automatically adjusts for the time zones as we travel.  Here in the campground we must be right on the line as my phone bounces back and forth between central and eastern.  The only constant in this whole matter is the wall clock that we always leave on Missouri time.  I'm confused!!!