After a good night sleep, we woke up to a chilly morning for the longest leg of our trip of about 375 miles. This put us in the panhandle of Florida. We stopped at Hitchin Post Corral and RV in Cottondale FL. It is a nice, new park with pull through sites and easily accessible from the highway and for big rigs. It is mostly grass and dirt and has a rustic, campy feel to it. We don’t mind, but some may. The owners meet you at check in and escort you to the site. They are very friendly and helpful. They also provide a small mat for the ground by your stairs so that you don’t have to get yours out. A very nice gesture. Great little dog park(s), one for littles and one for bigs. Another plus is that they really do have good, no great wifi!! Not a big deal for us, but we do pay attention to that since many of the parks we have worked for and stayed at have not had good wifi and there is always an excuse as to why they don’t. But the owners did comment on some of the lessons they learned with large families coming in with their x-boxes and constant streaming of movies which sucks down wifi capabilities for others quickly.
We were blessed with perfect travel weather; sunny skies, little wind and mild temperatures. We did have a few lessons learned.
– We really don’t like long travel days. While doable, staying around 300 miles is much more comfortable.
– We need to make sure we have lunch items on the side of the fridge we can actually get to. Thank goodness the other door opened just enough to squeeze things out.
– We also need to make sure we know where the dogs collapsible water bowl is. We used a cup holder, which worked just as well, until we found the bowl we were looking for during one of our stops.
– Be sure to update the clock on the GPS. For most of the day, we thought we were getting great time, until we realized the clock was an hour behind.
– Technology is great, when it works. We installed a TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) prior to leaving Kissimmee. We had some trouble with the initial install, but eventually got it figured out. However, on the road, we got low pressure and zero signal alerts which were in fact, false alarms. Better safe than sorry, but a little nerve wracking when we need to find a safe place to pull off.
Overall, besides being an incredible long day, it was a really good day. I tend to get quite nervous on travel days and the truth is, I enjoyed the journey immensely. No major issues and we even crossed our first time zone, so we gained an hour on the drive. We stopped every couple hours for breaks and the dogs enjoyed some walks as well. The rest of our travel days will be a bit shorter and more comfortable.
It still seems surreal that we are really back on the road again as intended those many years ago when we set out full time. We continue to be grateful for our blessings and can’t wait to see what is down the road!