Tuesday, April 19, 2011
A New Direction
First a little update on what has been going on with the Travco. Since it's first stay at Sound Avenue Equipment the Travco has been running great. I have been taking it on a few day trips and, knock wood, it has mechanically performed wonderful. Last week I had it back at Sound for an oil change and a little check up by the mechanics. So far, so good.
The new direction.............. well, my intention when I first got the Travco was for a full restoration but I also had a desire to put it to use. Putting it to use has won. The Travco seems to be in really excellent shape and was begging me to use it.
On a personal note, I do competitive obedience with 3 of my 5 dogs and have decided to use the Travco as my personal dog mobile with some camping on the side. This Summer I plan on doing a bit of travel around the Northeast enjoying my life with my dogs and my Travco. Wish me luck!
Last weekend I took a trip to a dog show in Warwick, RI. I was fortunate to have a friend, John Robertson, who is much handier than me, check out the water system and air conditioner. To my glee, he had the water and pump up and running fine and was able to fix the AC (which I had broke).
On the way to Warwick, I decided to make my first official stay at a campground. I stayed at the Mystic KOA
Nice place. Pretty empty, a little early in the season, but that was great. The section behind my site was not open yet, so my dogs had plenty of room to run, chase each other, play with sticks and enjoy the outdoor life for a change. I think they thought they died and went to heaven.
My stay was really enjoyable and why not, the site came with cable TV, electric and water. It was totally relaxing, watching a bit of TV, reading a book and taking walks with the dogs. I am looking forward to this lifestyle.
All good things come to an end and we packed up and took off for Warwick. I love taking the back roads and made a route through some beautiful countryside. I kept scolding myself for not stopping every time I passed something interesting. That is something I promise to do this Summer, STOP, and smell the roses. No rush, right? Need a new point and shoot camera.
We did manage to make a few stops. I passed an outdoor camping store, Ure Outfitters. Nice place and worth a stop if you are traveling, on Rt 3 in hope Valley, Rhode Island. The next stop was at Arcadia Management Area. Another place for the dogs to take a break and stretch their legs.
One last stop before Warwick, lunch at Middle of Nowhere Diner. The clerk at Ure gave me the tip. He said the TV show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives featured it. Decent food and cheap.
We stayed the night in the parking lot of the dog show with 6 other RVs. Survived a wicked storm that night. I had my dog Otis entered and am happy to report he came in first in his class. The trip back home was uneventful except to say the Travco ran great. The next trip is up to Massachusetts Mother's day weekend for for another couple of dog shows.
Looks like it will be a very interesting Summer.
Posted by mike at 9:49 AM