And Back to the Left Coast…again!

Yeah, I know, it’s been a while since my last post. Unfortunately, we are starting a return trip to CA from here on, so I won’t have a lot of touristy pictures to share or a lot of adventuresome stories to tell. At least not until we hit Disneyland. So maybe I’ll try to create a sense of impending suspense which will build & expand inside of you until it reaches a crescendo of overwhelming excitement…(or not, just another boring road trip).

So we finally got all of our fix-it stuff done in Red Bay. We actually had a great time sitting in the Allegro Service Center, a place where some Tiffin owners dread because of unknown wait times. It helps immensely to be a full time RV-er when having to be there, time does not matter. And we met a lot of good people who were our neighbors. We traded “war stories” (re: life on the road), had some block-party style happy hours (on the QT of course, Red Bay is within a dry county after all!), and we found Jim and Stacy Camara at the Service Center getting work done on their rig as well (they were co-workers of mine back in Sonoma County when I actually worked for a living).

Inside the service center, looking down the aisle of bays.

Inside the service center, looking down the aisle of bays.

We waited 2 weeks for this view...

We waited 2 weeks for this view…

It was then off to Tennessee to take care of some of Charlie’s medical stuff at his primary physician in Murfreesboro. Finding a place to stay was a bit frustrating, the COE’s we wanted to stay at were full and there is basically nothing in the Murfreesboro area. We tried to stay at the Camper RV Park in Columbia, but that lasted all of one night, that place resembled a good ol’ crankster heaven what with all the permanent “residents” in their broke down and otherwise thrashed trailers.

Which one looks out of place?

Which one looks out of place?

One of our neighbors in the Allegro Campground in Red Bay told us about the Grand Ole RV Resort in Goodlettsville just outside of Nashville. We headed up there and found space for a week. This was a nice find, since most of the Nashville RV parks run in the $60+ per night range and this one was $30. Once the medical stuff was finished, we took some time to recon the area. Just NE of Goodlettsville we found the city of Gallatin. This is a very nice area and we found some very nice custom homes at the Fairview Plantation which ran anywhere from the $300’s into the multi-millions. Not a bad location either, between a golf course and the lake. Jeanne heard a radio spot as we drove around Nashville that advertised a free concert “Street Party” downtown put on by Sam Hunt. She seems to have taken a fancy to that performer, he sings her favorite song “House Party”. I had no clue who he was and I am the furthest from a new age country/western fan, but we went to see the concert. Jeanne was in hog heaven, I however still do not fancy the new age country-rap genre. And the young-ish fans who packed the concert area were rude and pushy, but at least I did not have to put up with “the big blue cloud of smoke” usually present with the young California concert-going crowds of Cannabinoids.

Just one of a zillion Civil War monuments scattered about the south, this one in old town Franklin, TN

Just one of a zillion Civil War monuments scattered about the south, this one in old town Franklin, TN

Jeanne checking out the Nashville Farmer's Market.

Jeanne checking out the Nashville Farmer’s Market.

This cool ride was cruising near Music City, vrrrooom, vrrrooom!

This cool ride was cruising near Music City, vrrrooom, vrrrooom!

Sam Hunt performs...

Sam Hunt performs…

More Sam...

More Sam…

Oh boy! She was just all a-twitter getting gussied up for Sam Hunt!

Oh boy! She was just all a-twitter getting gussied up for Sam Hunt!

Just someone's

Just someone’s “vacation cabin” being built at Fairview Plantation!

One of the

One of the “low rent” homes at Fairview Plantation…

Next stop was an overnighter at a Walmart in Sikeston, Mo., then on to Branson at the Turkey Creek Escapee RV Park in Hollister. We had a good 2-day visit with Jeanne’s sister, brother-in-law, niece, nephew, and their respective families (Denise & Don; Savohna, Robert, Cooper, Brody, & Khloe; Cedric & Angie; and Magnum the wonder dog).

Home at Turkey Creek Escapee RV Park in Branson, MO

Home at Turkey Creek Escapee RV Park in Branson, MO

Angie tempts fate whilst Cedric slays some turkey, and Robert looks on ready to perform EMT duties when Cedric slices into Angie's fingers...

Angie tempts fate whilst Cedric slays some turkey, and Robert looks on ready to perform EMT duties when Cedric slices into Angie’s fingers…

Khloe says,

Khloe says, “What’s with you and the pictures?”

Cooper says,

Cooper says, “Get out of my face, you bore me!”

Westbound and down we stopped at the Hard Rock Cafe & Hotel & Casino outside of Tulsa, OK. This was just an overnighter, but the camp fees were right ($0) and we learned to like another card game. Hard Rock did not have any Pai Gow tables, but we learned the magic of 3-card Poker. (Next stop-Gamblers Anonymous!)

Hard Rock Cafe/Hotel/Casino

Hard Rock Cafe/Hotel/Casino

From Tulsa we stayed on Hwy. 412 along the north edge of the state and away from the trucker-laden Hwy. 40. This route was a very pleasant alternative to I-40, winding its way through several small town areas and generally low traffic volume, definitely low semi-truck volume. Another Walmart in Guymon, OK, then reconnect with Hwy. 40 into Albuquerque, NM. As usual, the wind was a pretty big factor through this area, we got tossed around pretty good at a steady 60 mph. In Albuquerque we stayed at the Enchanted Trails RV Park for a couple of days while we caught our breath and picked up our mail. They had a small display of vintage campers within this RV Park which was neat. Even though we are not rushing ourselves TOO bad to get back to CA, 4 hour drive days can still get a bit old quickly. From Albuquerque it was on into Williams, AZ and a couple of days stay at the Grand Canyon Railroad RV Park and Hotel. A bit windy still, some minor snow on the ground, but clear weather as we passed through.

They had a small display of classic cars/campers at the Enchanted Trails RV Park.

They had a small display of classic cars/campers at the Enchanted Trails RV Park.

One of the other displays at Enchanted Trails.

One of the other displays at Enchanted Trails.

Snow! at the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park and Hotel in Williams, AZ.

Snow! at the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park and Hotel in Williams, AZ.

And that leads to the present. We are a couple of days out from CA, hopefully the weather and I-40 will hold out for us as we inch closer, and closer, and closer to meet up with…

THE GLADIATOR! Maximus Charles Rodriguez!

THE GLADIATOR! Maximus Charles Rodriguez!

The Gladiator, as Batman!

The Gladiator, as Batman!

The Gladiator, as Captain America!

The Gladiator, as Captain America!

About rvrrat520

Recreational wanderers just livin' the dream while we can still get vertical.
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5 Responses to And Back to the Left Coast…again!

  1. Linda says:

    Enjoying your blogs!!!! Have fun at Disneyland!!

  2. Linda says:

    I don’t know if this is a repeat but I didn’t see my post….. Enjoying reading your posts!! Have a wonderful time in Disneyland!

    • rvrrat520 says:

      They make me “approve” each comment before they appear on the post. Sorry, I just got to it. You’re up a bit early aren’t you? Pretty soon I’ll be posting a little more frequently…

  3. Mom says:

    Enjoyed reading your blog, Nice pictures of all.

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