Castaway Release 2.0

ECMUpdate

Our yellow engine warning light has disappeared. Why? Because the coach needed a software update. Turns out our engine was two releases backdated. A new software patch resolved the isolated engine fault.

Our first shakedown trip identified a few minor issues although one was costly — a new tire. The engine control module software update was performed under warranty at no cost.

We have made it to the U.S. Border and we are staying overnight at the Port Huron KOA. We will be back home tomorrow.

Sunsets in the Upper Peninsula

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The sunsets in this part of the United States last a long, long time. From roughly 8:30pm to almost 10:00pm, the sky comes alive with wonderful vibrant colours.

The evening sky sets the coach ablaze with reflections of the cool light.

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This is where we take in the sunset.

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Petoskey Motorcoach Resort Part Two

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Here are a few photos from our stay at the Petoskey Motorcoach Resort. I’m hoping that these pictures will give you a sense of the place, a treasure in the upper peninsula of Michigan.

This is one of my favourite shots so far, a shot of Bob’s 2016 Dutch Star. He has a 4369 which looks almost the same as our 4002 — just a tad longer as it is a 43-foot coach. I caught his coach just as he was leaving the resort.

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There isn’t a bad site in the park. I really like this one, site 45, with a large area to the patio side of the coach.

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The premium sites face the various water treatments of the park. We were originally booked into site 5 below. However, our neighbours, all the way from Houston, Texas, loved this park so much that they extended their stay for a month.

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We had to make do with site 4.

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Let’s take a bit of a tour around site 4. Starting with the view from the inside of the coach. All windows open and every sightline is a great sightline.

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This is what we look at in front of our coach.

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And from our patio side.

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I have been doing quite a bit of photography and I take my laptop and my camera outside. This is what my office looks like for post-processing, email and blogging.

I could get very used to this life.

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Petoskey Motorcoach Resort

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This is our home for the week at the Petoskey Motorcoach Resort.

This is a small park with about 70 or so sites — although it seems to be only two-thirds full right now. It is a very quiet and relaxing property.

The resort is beautifully maintained and the landscaping details remind me of a high-end private golf course.

We have been here for a few days now and we are getting a feel for this part of the Upper Peninsula in Michigan. So far, we are very impressed with the area. Lots to see and do.

I’ll post a few more details about the resort over the next few days.

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Port Huron KOA

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We made it! From our home, across the U.S. border, to our first waypoint, Port Huron KOA.

The drive was almost six hours and trouble free. We stopped for fuel at the Flying J in Napanee, Ontario. Another stop for lunch at a service centre near Cambridge, Ontario. And then customs.

How I worried about customs.

This was our first time crossing the border with a motorhome. The first time crossing the border with our dog. I prepared all sorts of documents including the vaccination certificate for our golden retriever, reservation confirmations, and various proof of residency documents — just in case.

All we got? Three questions: how many people in the vehicle, where are you from, and do you have any groceries.

That was it. About a minute and we were on our way.

Our first overnight stop was at the Port Huron KOA.

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The entrance into the park looks calm in this picture largely because I took the shot at around 9:00pm. When we arrived at around 5:00pm, it was very chaotic. People and RVs everywhere. This was one very busy KOA.

We had a super site for the evening.

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The site looks quite large and it is. For a KOA. We had neighbours very tight to the driver’s side of the coach.

Because this park is very large and very busy it is not very peaceful. Lots of activity. For us, however, we were looking forward to Petoskey where we knew it would be a different style of camping. Petoskey would be glamping.

That said, we had a wonderful evening by the coach enjoying the long summer evening with a pizza and a fire.

Our travels will take us to Petoskey and I will fill you in on our journey tomorrow.

Here are a few more pictures from our stopover.

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