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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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Bon Voyage

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We head out on our first real road trip with the Castaway early Saturday morning. The excitement is building as we get ready to cast off. Ok, I know. That was a pretty bad pun.

We built our packing list for the trip and we have been refining it as we go. It has helped us to get the coach prepared for departure.

We expect to cross the border early afternoon on the Saturday. We will be spending one night at the Port Huron KOA before making our way to our final destination which is the Petoskey Motorcoach Resort in the upper peninsula of Michigan.

Although we are still very much newbies, we have learned to call ahead at the campgrounds to make sure our rig will fit.

We will have no issues at Petoskey. Their sites are very large and designed specifically for big rigs.

KOA sites? Well, let’s just say the ones we have used so far have turned out to be really tight for our coach.

Initially, our booking at the Port Huron KOA on the way up to Petoskey was a large super site. But then we changed our dates and we were assigned to a much smaller back-in site. We asked to be placed on a waiting list for an upgraded site. We called them up last night and success. We are back on a large super site, site 38.

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On the way back, we are assigned a pull through site at the Port Huron KOA which looks to be fine for our coach. But, we will check that site out on our way up to Petoskey to make sure.

This will be our first border crossing with our coach and with our dog. Hopefully it all goes well.

Two more sleeps.