When possible, we try to plan a detour to visit Cathy’s family in NC as we make our way north, but this year we weren’t finding the campground that we wanted. ( Last year’s state park campground had not yet completed the planned power upgrade, and we had fluctuating voltage that was concerning last year). So, we tried a different approach. Why not go by train?
Probably the last thing Dave expected to be doing on the day before we left town was to spend most of it on the roof of an RV that wasn’t ours. Pastor Ricardo stays in an RV at the church, and it needed some repairs. While Dave and Ricardo had patched a number of holes before our weekend in NC, the rain over the weekend made it clear that there were more. The source for the latest ones was a plastic vent cover that had deteriorated from UV exposure. Since we had little time to replace it, Dave recruited Cathy to make a cover that would protect it over the summer months until we had resources to replace it. Just before the next round of rain, Dave fitted it on the vent cover and so far it has held and kept the rain out.
Pastor Ricardo also wanted to perform some long overdue maintenance on his hot water heater. Since we had recently done the same task on our RV, Dave shared our tools and expertise to assist him in de-scaling and flushing it out.
We each have our own tasks when we are packing up and setting up the RV. One of Cathy’s tasks is to stow the 50amp electric cord. This has required some care over the past year, since the shore side plug on the cord had been gradually separating from the insulation around the cord’s wires. So, when Dave went out to unplug the RV one afternoon, (to loan our Power Watchdog to Barry for his RV) he was taken aback at the state of the cord. After researching several alternatives for a replacement plug, he settled on one from Camco, which appeared to have the easiest method for attaching the heavy gauge wires from the cord. And, as advertised the install went smoothly.
We keep working our way through the stuff we store in the RV to reduce clutter and weight. And, this time we also needed to sort through the remaining boat stuff from Orion Jr. When we were about to make some hard decisions, just in the nick of time, we had a boater contact us that was interested in several items, including the outboard. So, our remaining stash had reduced considerably, and we didn’t have to come up with another place to store the outboard.
Our last night in town we had a goodbye dinner at The Bearded Pig with good food and good company.
We pulled out of Faith on Wednesday, April 26th. With cool temperatures in the forecast, we made 2 boondocking stops on our first 2 nights out – Walmart in Manning SC and Cracker Barrel in Roanoke Rapids NC. A rainy weekend forecast opened up a site at Pocahontas for a 4-night stay that allowed us to pull in on Thursday afternoon.