Well, since we drew the curtain on Summer about a month ago we have been preparing for our annual trek West. If you are new to our blog, we are getting ready to embark on Year 7 leaving our summer campground in Brant Rock Ma and heading for warmer climes. This year The Red Fox has decided that we will spend most of the Winter in Newport Beach CA at the Newport Dunes RV Park. Headquartered there, we will be within reasonable driving distance to both of her sons, 2 grandsons and daughter-in-law. Below you can see our campground with many vacant spots since the transient campers had to leave by 9/30 unless they wanted to pay extra for October. We stay until October 31 every year and then head out November 1st
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Our route to Newport Beach will take us about 3,000 miles from the western shore of the Atlantic Ocean to the Eastern shore of the Pacific Ocean. Our route will be Route 3 to Route 128 to The Mass Pike (Route 90) to Route 81, to Route 84, to Route 40 to Route 10. We will stop in Tucson at the Superstition Mountain RV State Park to spend a few days with fellow travelers Captain Canada and Debbie Dewdrops and then complete the final leg to Newport Beach. We will be hauling about 5 tons of trailer and belongings, including our 2 Harleys, 2 kayaks and 2 bicycles. The hauling machine is a 2006 Ford F-350 diesel pickup, while The Wolfpack is a 30 foot 2006 Forest River, Cherokee, tag-a-long hitch (not a 5th wheel). Since we purchased both in late 2010, we have logged about 90,000 miles traipsing around the country, following the warm weather.
Whilst we are sun tanning in the Winter, Hawk is writing books. Besides the two “Gypsy” books, he has written 2 books on Irish Sea Mossing in Scituate MA. His latest, “Seaweed Shanty Town”, can be seen below. This book follows 5 Irish families and 1 Italian family from Ireland and Italy to Scituate and follows them through several generations as they work at gathering seaweed and lobstering.
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Before we leave a week from Tuesday, we will be breaking down the living room, which raises up on a platform to the ceiling, in order to make room for the Harleys and kayaks (the bicycles hang on the ladder on the back of the trailer after the ramp is closed).
Prior to traveling, on the morning of our departure date, we will have the trailer inspected for brake wear, wheel bearing lubrication and other critical maintenance. During the Summer we spray the undercarriage and hitch mechanism with rustoleum paint (being camped next to the ocean all summer raises hell with rust). We have to have the trailer gone over on the morning of our departure because we live in it all year and cannot leave it at a shop. As we travel across the country in 300 to 350 mile stints, we stay each night in a Walmart parking lot to save on expenses (why pay for lodging when you have your own lodging with you?). Our diesel expenses will be about $700 to $800 for the trip (9 mpg divided into 3000 miles equals 333 1/3 gallons times $2.40 per gallon).
As we move across the country, we will post updates on Facebook for those of you who are curious about the details.
That’s it for now! Catch you on the road! Make America Great again!