Lots To See And Do

 Posted by at 12:27 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 162012

We had a good night camped at the Ludlow, Massachusetts Elks Lodge, where it was nice and quiet after the wedding party left. It was still really hot, and since we were only on 20 amp electric we didn’t want to attempt to run our air conditioner and trip the circuit. So we resorted to an old boondockers’ trick; we closed all the windows in the front part of the motorhome, opened the window in the bedroom, and put the fans on our two roof vents on high. It created a steady airflow that made sleeping comfortable, and cooled it down to where we had to pull the sheet up over ourselves. Who says you have to have a 50 amp hookup to survive in a motorhome?

Since we only had a little over 100 miles to travel, it was going to be an easy day for us. We left the Elks Lodge about 10:30 AM, and except for a stop for fuel, we rolled right along, arriving at Gateway to Cape Cod Outdoor World Resort in Rochester a little after 1 PM.

This was our first visit to this campground, and the place is really busy. We parked the motorhome and went looking for an RV site that would accommodate our 40 foot motorhome. There are a lot of trees here, and not every site was completely level, but we found several that would work for us. Then one of the staff members who was on a golf cart offered to show me a site that he was sure would work great for us, and even give us a clear shot at the sky for our satellite TV dish. Since the campground is heavily treed, I didn’t think we would be able to accomplish that.

Winnie at Gateway

Some of the sites here are a bit tight, but as long as you take your time and watch where you’re going, any size RV would be just fine. This is a family oriented park, with lots of kids running around, but they all seem well behaved, and everybody is having a good time. The staff members we have met have all been friendly and very helpful.


RVs at Gateway

 Yesterday morning when we were getting ready to hit the road, I discovered that while we were doing the Shake, Rattle & Roll across Interstate 86 in New York, we lost one of the chrome deep style hubcaps from the rear end of our motorhome. That really sucks! I’ll have to call around and see if I can find a replacement for it.


Missing wheel

Once we got here and started to get settled in, Terry discovered that the hubcap wasn’t the only victim of our rough trip from Indiana. The plug rattled right out of the back of the Dish Network receiver. Fortunately, that was an easy fix.

I spent most of the evening contacting local places we want to visit and do stories on, and if even half of them get back to us it’s going to be a very busy time. There is a lot to see and do in this part of the country, from Revolutionary War sites, to seafaring towns, interesting museums, factory tours and more. I think the hardest part about our visit will be trying to find the time to do everything we would like to.

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  5 Responses to “Lots To See And Do”

  1. Nick, While you are in Mass., you may want to check out Market Basket (grocery store) They are having lobster at $3.99/pound this week. You won’t see it cheaper anywhere.

  2. Check with truckstop chrome shops. That cap should be a pretty common item there.

    Here’s and online source: http://www.raneystruckparts.com/categories/Wheel-Accessories/Axle-Covers/Rear-Axle-Covers/

    — Kevin

  3. This is the place I ordered the last 3 hub caps I’ve lost.


    Its a parts site run by Spartan Chassis.

  4. Thanks Brian and Kevin. Since the other one has the Spartan logo, I think I’ll order from your link, Brian, and have them match.

  5. Got my replacements from Frieghtliner. Ours are only a small cap about 6 inches diameter. Lost one of them – twice – then I SuperGlued it on….still there.

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