September 24, 2014. Wednesday: Today we both got haircuts, Jeanne had her nails done and we replenished our groceries. Midway through the afternoon we visited with Butch and Colleen to see our new granddaughter, Brynn, and have dinner. Brody (2yrs) needed lots of attention from granddad and Gigi tonight.
September 25, 2014. Thursday: Spent late afternoon and evening at Ann’s and Ric’s. Had a great visit with the kids who were so happy to see us again. We stayed late to watch the season premier of Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder. Once back at the campsite we stayed up for another hour then off to bed.
September 26, 2014. Friday: Daughter, Katie, wanted to get together since Dylan and Alex were out of school. We went to lunch at the boathouse with Kate, Rob, Dylan and Alex and were joined by Colleen and Brynn. Later we sat in Patterson Park, watched the kids play and had one of Katie’s wonderful salads. Butch, Colleen and the kids joined us for "dinner and a kids movie" in the park.
September 27, 2014. Saturday: All the kids and grandkids congregated at Butch and Colleen’s for the game between Penn State and Northwestern. A terrible loss for Penn State on Homecoming day. Dylan had a soccer game so some of us went over to the field to watch him play.
September 28, 2014. Sunday: We drove to Gaithersburg to see Megan’s and Ivan’s new home. It seemed so big and most rooms contained unopened boxes. The rooms were in the process of being painted and the new carpet was not installed yet. But the house is huge and has lots of potential. We then drove up to Ann’s in Reisterstown. We wanted to spend more time with them since they didn't make it to Butch's yesterday.
September 29, 2014. Monday: Time to start home. We left the CG at 10:30 am. The Garmin routed us around Washington, DC by going NW on I-70, then west and south on US340 and finally a short distance on Virginia 7 to link up with I-81 south. The distance going this direction versus going the Beltway around DC was a about the same without the traffic hassle. We got gas at Verona, VA for $3.059/gal. We arrived at Fort Chiswell RV Park at 4:30pm. Stayed in site 25 for one night @ $33.09. We've stayed at this park before and it was a good location not too far off the interstate. Mileage today = 330.5.
September 30, 2014. Tuesday: We were up early and left about 9:50am. Got gas at an Exxon in Kodak, TN for $3.119/gal. We arrived at Cloudland Canyon State Park outside of Trenton, GA about 4 pm. We had pull-through site 14 for $22.40 and a $5 park pass fee. We drove 329.1 miles today. This is the same park where we will have our fall SELD get together. Christine Logan joined us to talk about the event and to show us where she hoped we could all camp together. For future reference, we camped in the western rim campground which was pretty rustic and surrounded by woods. We have Wi-Fi and cell phone service and TV. The area planned for the SELD group is in the east rim campground and this one is much nicer with good level sites, pavilions and large well kept grassy areas.
October 1, 2014. Wednesday: Heading home today. We drove through the park again to look at the East Rim CG in Cloudland Canyon SP, GA. This is where the SELD group will meet from October 6th through 10th. Stopped at the office to reserve for October 5th. Left at 12:30pm ET or 11:30am CT and crossed into Alabama and the Central Time Zone at 11:55 CT. Along I-59S, we blew the outside dually on the curb side of the LD about 1 mile south of the Fort Payne exit, number 218. Called Good Sam Emergency Road Service. Took about 90 minutes for anyone to get there. We took the spare tire off the bent rim and put it on the good rim. Also, the tire pressure on the inside dually was 10 lbs lower than recommended. Cost for the repair was $170+. We finally arrived home at 4:45pm and we went to pick up Kaeden at his dad’s. It was a great trip.
Total cost of Campgrounds = $2063.11
Total miles driven = 6711 Total gas costs = $2567.23Average miles/gal = 8.19
October 5-10, 2014. Sunday through Friday. After a three day turnaround we returned to Cloudland Canyon State Park for our fall get together. 13 rigs, a couple of new members and a great time was had by all. We returned to Hoover on Friday the 10th pretty tired from two months travel.