Myakka River Motorcoach Resort

Look at them awnings! They stayed put until we wanted them to deploy.

After a long 800km drive — almost 10 hours of continuous driving behind the wheel — we pulled into Myakka River Motorcoach Resort just minutes before closing.

They had a special welcome sign just for us at the check-in. A very nice touch to a stunning resort property. Thrilled that we get to spend a month here.

It was late and I did not have much time to take photos but I did snap a few of our site. We face the river with an incredible view.

More details about the park over the next few days.

Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort

We arrived to Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort late yesterday afternoon. Rain followed us the whole way down.

Lorraine went to the office to register while I unhooked our coach. Much to my dismay, we had “lost” one of our tow bar hitch pins.

We had made one, and only one, stop on our drive down from Mountain Falls. And that was at a Pilot in Bowman, South Carolina. Before I started to fuel the coach, I did a quick circle check to make sure everything was fine with the rig. And it was.

I guess I should have checked again before we left.

There was a pretty rough group of people in the lane beside us in a black pickup truck. They were not at the pump itself, more like twenty feet or so behind it. Outside of my visual range.

I really didn’t think much about them. There are rough people throughout Canada and the United States.

I was shocked to see that a hitch pin had been removed from the tow bar. Fortunately, the main locking pin that attaches the tow bar to the baseplate of the car was still in place. I’d hate to think what might have happened if we had lost that pin as we were travelling.

Our mission later this morning is to find some spare pins before we resume our journey south tomorrow.

Hilton Head looks best at night however I did not have my camera with me when we walked through the park last evening.

I did walk through this morning and here are a few shots to share with you.

This park has a lot of vegetation. Trees provide a canopy over much of the area and the landscaping is well developed. Most of the sites are occupied by Class A rigs. Very few Class B or C rigs. Fifth wheels are not permitted.

Some wonderful rigs like this old Prevost. Hard to make out, but the upper shades read: “Marty’s World”.

And a newer Prevost.

And look who’s here? Ryan from sortofhomeless.com. I’ve followed him for a while. And, since Lorraine and I currently do not have a stick and brick property, we can relate to being sort of homeless. Or, as someone has told us, not homeless, home free.

Mountain Falls, North Carolina

After a long driving day, we arrived at Mountain Falls in North Carolina.

We left Stonewall Jackson this morning at 8am and pulled into our site at Mountain Falls just before 5pm. Only one stop at around 11:30am for fuel.

We get to rest here for a couple of nights before making our way to Hilton Head Island.

I think Lorraine is happy to have a bit of a break. I know I am. The last hour or so coming into Mountain Falls was tense.

I think our GPS led us astray and took us down the worst possible roads for a big rig.

Although we had read about the challenging drive into this particular resort.

If you come here, you had better make sure that you can handle your rig on narrow, twisting mountain roads.

The property itself is beautifully maintained. Our site overlooks a par 3 water hole — there is a golf course that winds its way around the resort — and the fall colours are in full display every where you look..

It will be nice to have a bit of a break from the driving tomorrow. A few tasks in the job jar but otherwise a recovery day.

And the awnings?

They stayed put during the drive. More on that story tomorrow.

Sherkston Shores

A few photos to share from our time at Sherkston Shores RV Resort.

Some wonderful areas to explore particularly as there is hardly anyone here at this time of year. Most days it seems as though we have the place to ourselves.

Sherkston Shores is located on roughly 560 acres of land along the Lake Erie coast. There are somewhere over 1,700 manufactured homes and several hundred RV sites. During peak season, I would expect 4,000 or 5,000 people.

Since we have been here, perhaps a few dozen people on site. Except for the weekends. It has been busier over the past two weekends.

Most of what you will find at Sherkston Shores are manufactured homes.

Some are very nice with spectacular waterfront views.

Others are nestled high amongst the trees.

While a few have definitely seen better days and call to mind the common definition of a “trailer park”.

Most of the properties were well looked after though. In terms of the RV sites, well, they are almost exclusively 5th wheel trailers.

With several hundred sites, we have only found four Class A motorhomes. All of them a bit older and all of them gas-powered.

Our coach tends to get some attention wherever we travel in Canada. Very different from our travels in the U.S. where it is far more common to see Class A diesel pushers.

All told, this is a much nicer spot to be than at the dealer’s lot waiting for parts. We have some beautiful beachfront walks even if the weather is unseasonably cold. Reminds us that in a few weeks we will be south where it is hopefully much warmer.

Time To Head South

Plus 1.

34 degrees Fahrenheit for our U.S. friends.

That is starting to get cold. Way too cold.

Average temperatures for this area at this time of year? 14 Celsius or 57 Fahrenheit.

Just our luck. We got caught up in an early deep freeze.

We have been running our heat pumps and our in-floor radiant heating system. We have heaters for our tanks and I had them on last night. Although, from what I have read, uninsulated pipes won’t start freezing until the temperatures reach -6 Celsius or 20 Fahrenheit.

The high today is only 7 Celsius or 44 Fahrenheit. And, for the next two weeks, the temperatures will remain well below seasonal values.

The geese have been making their way south.

We’ll need to follow them soon.

We are checking with our dealer on the status of our awning repair later today. Hopefully the parts arrive on time. Looks like we might have an early start to winter in Canada.