So as you know, we left our sticks and bricks home in Rochester, NY on Wednesday. We had a routine maintenance appointment in Gaffney, SC on Friday at the Freightliner Service Center. Which by the way, if you are on a Freightliner chassis and you need repairs done, this is the place. We always stop here. They know what they are doing and always seem to do it correctly. I can’t say that for some other places we’ve stopped at.
So the next question was, where to now. We looked at the atlas (yes we still have an atlas) and Charleston, SC seemed like a nice spot.
Side note: We certainly are up to date and use the latest and greatest GPS made for RVers. Not to mention we always have internet so we have Google maps too. We still find use for an atlas though. I carry two. One is the FMCA atlas that lists Walmarts, Sam’s Clubs, all types of parks and Big Rig Campgrounds. I also highlight all the roads we’ve taken and make notes on where is a good stopping area or where not to go to again. It comes in handy and we like to look and see where we’ve been and where we’d like to go.
Our other atlas is a trucker atlas. This has come in handy a few times because it highlights routes that are safe for truckers. Once you get onto back roads, you never know if you are going to run into a low bridge or weight restricted bridge. And turning one of these rigs around may not always be an easy option. Especially if you, like us, are towing four wheels down. You can’t just back up and go somewhere else. Plus, some small towns do not want and are not “big rig” friendly. The roads may be old and to narrow and such. So the trucker atlas will alert you to all of that and route you around such things. I find this atlas a comfort to know I can always look in there and see if my route is safe.
So on to Charleston!
We have never been there before, always driving past it, and their seemed to be lots to do. Plus the weather looked decent enough. So off we went.
The route there is pretty enough. Old growth trees with moss hanging off them. Long stretches of highway that was nice and smooth. And blue sky and sunshine. What more could one ask for?
When we woke up this morning, before we left Gaffney, we decided to check our cameras at home to see what the snow storm had done overnight.
This is what we found.
Lots and lots of snow. To give you an idea of how much snow you are looking at, on the right side of the picture is an Amish built swing. The snow is coming up to the bench of the swing! That’s alotta snow.
Yup…We left at the right time.
Here’s what our home looks like today…in Charleston, SC.
Note the door is open, the windows are open and we are sitting outside, or will be at least.
The temperature was a nice 67 degrees. The sun was out. The water pressure when we hooked up was a wonderful 70 pounds of pressure. You rvers can appreciate that I’m sure.
We’re here for a week to explore the area.
So stay tuned for more on the area later. I have to go give David some burgers now to cook on the grill.
Yup, we can cook on the grill now that it’s that warm.
Sorry family back home.