Our Chalet Truck Camper

Our Chalet Truck Camper

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Skyline Drive, VA

April 24-26, 2006
7AM - headed out on a two week trip in 48 degree pouring rain. We'd planned on doing a lot of geocaching along the way and had a bunch printed out. See http://www.geocaching.com/ for more information on a fun hobby that takes you to places you never knew existed. Lots of rain and ended up driving 11 hours and 526 miles to the Twin Grove Park and Campground in Pine Grove PA. Campground is super clean, very friendly staff, big site with a couple from Maine next door driving back from a winter in FL. On site diner type restaurant for a breakfast with way too many calories and carbs but delicious.

Noon saw Front Royal, VA and the start of a 100 mile trek over the Skyline Drive. We've always done most of our travelling out of season and this was no different. We felt like we were the only ones on the Skyline with a rare auto sighting and no one sitting on our bumper. The truck performed perfectly with the advice from the Truck Campers on rvnet.com about tow/haul working perfectly. Having an engine break on those down hill legs was comforting. Views over the mountain were worth the trip alone. Blue doesn't even begin to describe the mountain color and the vastness is awesome. Thankfully the land has been preserved in the Shenendoah Park system for all the enjoy.

Camped the 25th in the Shenendoah Valley KOA in Verona VA. Entered and almost ran over a huge multi-colored rabbit who was being followed by several ducks. Found out there are over 100 rabbits in this campground, all so large because the kids feed them all summer. Campground is on a river, large sites, friendly staff and clean restrooms. Had a pleasant evening visiting with two Maine couples who have travelled in their 5th wheelers all over the country. Got lots of great tips including why we couldn't get TV to come in well and why we should use propane all the time for the refrigerator. No wonder our battery was getting drained so quick.

Little excitement in the night during a very hot thunderstorm when the carbon monoxide alarm went off. Opened every window in the Lance and since we didn't have the propane on, finally figured it was the thunderstorm. Since we are still alive, had to have been a false reading but sure gets your heart going.

26th - headed to Roanoke and a day visit with friends who have camped for years. talked about fishing in Alaska, driving over the Rockies, sunning in New Mexico, enjoying the western National Parks. They have a new 5th wheeler as an 18 wheeler brushed by them and rolled their Airstream and truck last year. Totalled the unit but they were okay. First bad campground that night - Statesville NC, way too close to a major highway but the rain helped drownd out the truck noise. Lance was warm and dry. 1038 miles, 89 gallons of diesel for an average of 11.6 mpg so far. Pretty good over all those mountains.

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