Thanksgiving Trip Day 4

We leisurely made our way out of Camping World Racers Resort in Concord, NC on Tuesday morning and headed for Lexington, SC. With blue skies and fair temperatures promised in SC we were eagerly anticipating our destination.

We were warned about some traffic issues on I-20 in Columbia so we decided to plot a back-road route. This ended up being a great decision in the end as the traffic generated by a truck accident and fire on I-20 caused issues into the surrounding areas as drivers were trying to find better ways to reach their destination.

We pulled into Mr. Z’s RV Park around 2pm and setup our site. Ken (Mr. Z) helped us locate our spot and get us situated. He’s very helpful and accommodating!

Hope you enjoy the final leg of our trip down to SC! It was a pretty easy trip down over four days and we’d probably do it in 2 or 3 days next time.

Thanksgiving Trip Day 3

Day three of our trip was a pretty easy drive down to Charlotte area. Technically we headed for Concord, NC and Camping World Racers Resort. This is located at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. We had an easy drive from Lexington, VA down with not too much traffic along the way, making it in about 5 hours. The drive out of the Shenandoah Valley was beautiful.

I took a look at the toilet water issue. There’s definitely something up with the supply line side of the toilet. Pretty tight back there and I’m not real keen on taking that toilet off in the middle of our trip. I decided to wait until we get home to try and sort it out.

We capped the day with dinner at Outback and a trip into Charlotte for the Celtics vs. Hornets.

Tomorrow will be a short hop to Lexington, SC. So we’ll just take our time in the morning and get down to SC in the mid afternoon.

Thanksgiving Trip Day 2

We made the pull to an intermediate stop in Lexington, VA. We’re spending the night at Lee Hi Campground, a small campground attached to a truck stop.

The views to the South at the campground are great with a beautiful sunset on the night we were there.

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We discovered a leak in the supply side of the toilet yesterday when we hooked up to city water at the KOA. It only happens when there’s pressure in the water system and the more pressure, the more leak. So if we need the water we use the on-board pump and then release the pressure when done. Needless to say, we used the bath houses at the campgrounds as we’ve been traveling. The bath house at Lee Hi wasn’t particularly good… but other than that, nice little spot for a travel day stop.

I’ll take a look at the leak when we got to Charlotte.

Here’s the video recap of day 2…

South Carolina or Bust… Day 1.

 

Alright… we were going to try and make it to Cabela’s in Hudson, MA on Friday night but Mother Nature had other plans. Backup plan… Leave at 4am on Saturday morning and get to Hershey, PA. 12 hrs later, we roll into our spot at the KOA in Jonestown, PA.

Then into Hershey for some Christmas cheer at Hershey Park! Man what a long day that was…  Enjoy!

October Recap

Spent a lot of time up in the NMW in October this year. Made lots of great memories with Matt, Dad and Abby. These included Matt’s first bird in the air with a gun his gramps gave him and limiting out on another day using his Pepe’s single shot road gun (got 1 in the air with it too!). Birds were plentiful all but one day with our best day seeing about 40 birds.

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Abby started the month let’s say with youthful exuberance. After being on close to 100 birds she really started to come around, be cautious and get some great points. Still lots of work to do on steady after flush through to after shot. That’s for the Spring though. After the holidays we’ll do some more with forced fetch… she’s still having trouble there.

Matt and I hauled the camper out on October 26th. Hauling out was an uneventful experience, which we all hope for when we’re towing. I had been a little concerned about some planned bridge work up there at Pittston Farm and Leadbetter would be a major hassle. We only had to go around and across Seeboomook dam one time which adds about an hour of travel time. They finished the bridge work at Leadbetter the day before we pulled out. Kudos to NMW for making it as painless as possible.

The following video has some of the NMW campsites chronicled as well as some of the sights and wildlife we encountered. Hope you enjoy!

Just a week…

What a difference a week makes in the North woods. The peak foliage is past now up there and it’s getting relatively cool at night.

Photo from October 7th

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Same spot October 12…

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On Saturday the 13th we started the day at 34 degrees and it never got above 37 degrees. The birds were everywhere though and we counted at least 40 seen. We’ll not talk about Friday the 12th… the weather was rainy and windy… not a good combination for finding birds.

Get out there and enjoy it while you can!

North Maine Woods – Week 1

Wow, the North Maine Woods was in all her glory this past week. The weather cooperated, for the most part, and the colors were just fantastic.

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Abigael (Abby) at our campsite at Leadbetter Falls.

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Our first campsite at Leadbetter… a pretty nice view of the North Branch of the Penobscot River!

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North Branch of the Penobscot River along the Golden Road looking at Green Mtn.

We ended up moving the trailer to another site at Leadbetter when that opened up. This other site is more private and is right beside the falls.

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We saw a few moose, a big deer and about 20 Partridge per day (25 in the last half day we we hunted). Next week I’ll post a video of the trip up there and another of driving around and of some of the other campsites.

The Tundra gets a lift…

With the Bullet all jacked up after the Axle flip, the Tundra needed to be matched up height wise a little better. Se we sourced a Motofab lift and leveling kit for it. This kit adds 3″ in front and about 2.5 in the rear.

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Andersen Weight Distribution Hitch 4 In. Drop / Rise 5 In. – 6 In. Frame
MotoFab 3″ Front and 2″ Rear Leveling lift kit for 2007-2017 Toyota Tundra

Preparing for the North Maine Woods

We’ve done a bunch of modifications to prepare for getting to and leaving our trailer in the North Maine Woods territory.

The Bullet has undergone an Axle Flip giving it about 5″ more clearance. We’re also towing now with an Andersen weight distribution hitch with sway control. For the Tundra a lift kit was added to better match the height of the trailer. There have also been some miscellaneous purchases such as an extra trailer spare, collapsible water containers to get water from fresh water springs, and a coupler lock for the trailer.

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Dexter Axle Flip Kit for 3500 lb Axle
Andersen Weight Distribution Hitch 4 In. Drop / Rise 5 In. – 6 In. Frame
MotoFab 3″ Front and 2″ Rear Leveling lift kit for 2007-2017 Toyota Tundra
Wheels Express Inc 15″ Silver Trailer Wheel with Radial ST205/75R15 Tire Mounted
Power Heated Amber & Smoked Signal Towing Mirrors Pair Set for Toyota Tundra

Curt Trailer Coupler Lock

Collapsible Water Container – 5 Gallon/20L Portable Cube Water Bag