We have chosen a new route for this trip. Our goal is to eliminate the traffic and potholes of the NYC highways. The route will also eliminate ALL tolls for the trip south, this will save us about $100 and add less than 2 hours to our travel time. Our new route travels through Pennsylvania and returns to I-95 just below Baltimore.
Our original plan was to leave on Friday the 14th but we found out just recently that the Hershey RV show runs from the 14th to the 16th and we decide to attend since we are traveling right through Hershey. We chose to leave Massachusetts Thursday night right after Karl’s volleyball match.
We roll out Thursday night and make it to the Pennsylvania border exactly on time at 1:00am. We camp in the parking lot of the Pennsylvania Welcome Station along I-84. On Friday, we head out early for the event in Hershey and arrive before noon. The Hershey Show is fun. We bought an RV based GPS unit and won about $75 worth of stuff from Good Sam / CampingWorld. Around 4:30 we point ourselves southward toward Baltimore. Karl and I take turns driving as we travel past Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Richmond and finally call it a night at the North Carolina Welcome Center. We now realize that our minor fuel leak is becoming more significant. It is now dripping about 6 to 8 ounces during our 8 hour overnight stay.
Saturday is a beautiful day and we are headed to Dunn, NC to meet Bea, Frank and the kids for lunch at Cracker Barrel. The lunch is leisurely and an excellent time to catch up with friends. Now we are heading south on 95 in an area that is a little easier to drive and we decide it is Ellen’s turn at the wheel. She does a fabulous job piloting our rig and she now has less fear of driving the “MegaBeast”. While Ellen is driving, I have time to call Alliance Coach in Wildwood, Florida to arrange for the fuel tank to be welded on Monday. Saturday night brings us to another Welcome Center for the night, this one is at the Florida border and we now have a pan to catch the diesel leak which has stabilized. We travel the remaining distance to Fort Wilderness on Sunday and check into loop 600, site 615.