September 18 marks 18 months on the road.
What a year and a half it’s been. In our personal life, we welcomed 2 beautiful granddaughters to our family.
We spent 30% of our time in or around Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Durham – visiting family.
Having a home on wheels has allowed us to be mobile and at the right place at the right time for some family events. Beside the birth of our granddaughters, we could help when our older daughter had surgery, sold her house and prepared to move to a new one. We were in Cincy for two big birthdays when Tom’s one aunt turned 80 and another turned 90! And we where able to make sure his dad attended both events.
The worst part about this lifestyle is being away from family and friends.
We’ve run the numbers . . .
We’ve put almost 19,000 miles on the motorhome staying in 19 states and spending roughly $6500 on diesel with an average 7.5 MPG.
If you add groceries and eating out together, that’s our largest expense at over $15,000. (That’s $14/day apiece) Campground fees came in at $13,000. (An average of $24/night)
We’ve put up our jacks and moved 106 times.
We spent about half the time in private campgrounds and 20% in state parks.
The most unusual place we had our motorhome was the underground cave storage near Lexington last winter.
Our least favorite place we stayed was
Heartland Resort in Greenfield, Indiana. Dirty, old, unfriendly and cramped.
Our favorite places were
Jack Pine in the UP of Michigan which was rustic and had a bar and restaurant.
Ocean Breeze in Jensen Beach, Florida for its beachy feel and access to bars and restaurants, intercoastal waterway and ocean.
Cherry Hill Campground in College Park, Maryland for amenities and proximity to Washington, DC.
Americamps in Ashland, Virginia for free breakfast every morning and dinner once a week.
Cumberland Gap National Park $10/night and free firewood at your site.
We attended several Newmar Rallies 2 Internationals, 1 Fulltimers, 1 Super Show in Tampa and 1 Region 6 rally in Indianapolis. And our wonderful Grand Circle Newmar Caravan last fall.
We also attended our first FMCA International Rally in Indianapolis.
Yesterday, we visited Wilson Creek National Battlefield, our 50th National Park System site.
This is our 195th post to our blog.
What’s next? We move next week to Branson and the Newmar Fulltimer Rally and then Sedalia for the International Rally. We will travel with fellow Newmar owners to Albuquerque for the Balloon Fiesta and perhaps on to California. Then back east *way back east* through Cincinnati and Indianapolis and Thanksgiving in Durham followed by to wintering in Florida.
The Newmar Rallies are in South Dakota next year, so we will probably head that way in June 2018.
So yes, we’re already planning for 2018.
After our impromptu stay at Heartland Resort, we were able to snag 3 nights at the KOA in Greenfield, IN. So this was the easiest move ever involving only a 4 mile journey.
Although we feel the KOA is overpriced, we really enjoyed our deluxe site and a visit from our daughter, son-in-law and youngest grandchild. (and of course Chip the Goldendoodle)