DATE SET TO START THE EPIC ADVENTURE

We have finally set the date to start our epic adventure.  We leave May 10, 2015 and hope we will make the entire planned journey, which should take 5-6 months and 18,000 miles.  We are headed to the north-east coast and then to Alaska and the Alcan Highway first! After that, we traverse across the US into northeastern Canada and then down the east coast and to the Great Smoky Mountains.  Next we drive down to the Florida Keys and then back through the Midwest and home. Yes, I admit is it very ambitious for new RVers, but hey, what the heck? If you don’t choose to live life to the fullest you miss out.  What is the worst that can happen?  We  change the itinerary or we come home early.  So, then we sell it or start out again.  (Depending on how we fared and if we are still talking to each other. We do have boxing gloves courtesy of  our friends,Vickie and Thayne.)

The RV is in the service department again for all those minor cosmetic repairs and to have some after-market stuff put on.  One is a stabilizer and the other some type of stabilizer tow bar.  Okay, I might have to check with my husband to let you all know what they are really called.

We will be making a trial trip to Zion this month, with the Sun City Anthem RV Club. The trip should show us if everything is in good shape before we leave on the big trip. If not, then we will have a week or so to fix or adjust. It is also a trial for our two loved, happy, but yappy Pomeranians to see how they do.

Photos from Zion to come after the trip!

IN FOR REPAIRS!

Oh no.  Our RV is in for repairs.  Well, that’s not the worst of it.  It has been in there for almost two weeks, and we just found out that the entire door has to be replaced and the wiring under the dash has to be replaced too. The only good thing is that the warranty will be paying for it all. Now we have to wait for the parts to come and then the additional repairs can be completed.

We expect to leave on May 1st or a little earlier, for our journey to Alaska, across the US and into Canada.  I am now hoping everything will be done before we leave.  Jeremy at Johnny Walker RV has promised us it will be.  After all it is two months away!

A lot of old time RVer’s told us there would be repairs, but I did not expect this!!! I guess they were right.  But, it is all part and parcel of owning an RV.  It could be worse…we could not have one at all.   (I may grow to think this would be a good thing one day.)  Lets hope not.

So, I am diligently researching routes and parks and places we want to see along the way.  I am also waiting to hear if the caravan to Alaska we have made arrangements with to join will be going. (They need a minimum number of coaches to go) I hope so, as we feel we would be far better off on our first long journey to join a caravan.  It will give us the support and safety factor we would like to have. I chose Adventure Treks, because the dates they offered coincided with our plans.  (www.rvadventuretreks.com) There are several others to choose from, and most of them look like they offer a great experience. When looking you have to compare prices, routes and dates.

So far, I have outlined the route with MapQuest, but I want to use the route planner offered by Good Sam and see how that works out.  I’ll keep you informed on my planning efforts and which works out best.  I also have to call the ferries and inquire about taking our dogs.  I’m concerned that if you can’t get down to the auto deck, we might have a problem! If anyone out there has some information, let me know.

Thanks. paint-goldcoral