An Easy Trip South

 Posted by at 12:26 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 072014

We were up early yesterday morning, getting ready for our 130 mile trip to North River Campground near Shawboro, North Carolina. I was glad I remembered to turn on our engine heater because it had gotten down into the low 50s overnight and was a chilly morning.

By the time we did our routine morning stuff and I had aired up the inner dual tire on our motorhome that always seems to lose about 15 – 20 pounds when we’re parked in one spot for two or three weeks, and then get everything unhooked, it was close to 10:30 when we pulled out of the Chesapeake Bay Thousand Trails preserve.

We took U.S. Highway 17 south, and had planned to stop at a Shell station a few miles up the road to fill the tank, since we were down to just under a half tank. We had checked it out a few days before and there was room to get in and out, towing the Explorer, as long as it wasn’t too busy. Fortunately, it wasn’t busy at all and I pulled right up to the pump. Unfortunately, they were out of diesel. So much for that idea.

I had planned to take Interstate 664 and the Monitor-Merrimack bridge/tunnel to bypass the busier traffic on Interstate 64 through Hampton and the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area but there were highway signs saying that an emergency repair crew in the tunnel had traffic down to one lane, with delays. Okay, so much for that idea, too.

Instead, we took I-64 and the Hampton Roads bridge/tunnel and I didn’t snivel a bit. Then, to make things even better, traffic was light all the way. Leaving the metro area, we took State Route 168 south across the state line.

Wecome North Carolina sign

It was a good four lane road with a few stoplights, but we breezed right through and soon we were on U.S. Highway 158, headed west, then followed local roads to the campground. Somebody said the last couple of miles was on a narrow road, but they were being kind. It was more like a paved golf cart path.

It was well worth it to be here. In fifteen years of fulltiming, this has to be one of the very best privately-owned campgrounds we have ever visited. The lady in the office was very friendly, the place is immaculate, and the full hookup RV sites all face a nice lake. Even better, it’s also a Passport America campground! We registered for two nights, but if they have room we may stay longer. There is so much to see and do here that we could stay a month and keep busy every day.

North Country Campground

Winnia at North Country 2

In yesterday’s blog I told you that Big Lake, the first book in my Big Lake mystery series was free this week on Amazon and asked you to help spread the word. Well, the word sure got spread. As of midnight it had almost 8,000 downloads. And that was just on the first day! The book will be free all this week on Amazon. Big Lake will be featured on a BookBub ad today and then I think things will really get crazy.

New Big Lake cover upload

Somebody asked why I’m giving the book away. It’s all about marketing, just like when we leave sample bundles of the Gypsy Journal at the RV parks we visit, in the hope that RVers will read it and like it enough to subscribe. Hopefully some of the people who download the free book will like it enough to read the rest of the books in the series. It also helps a book’s ranking on Amazon. As of last night, Big Lake was at #19 in the Free Kindle Store and #1 in the Mystery/Police Procedural category. And like anything else, ranking equals visibility, which equals sales of the rest of the series. And you thought I was just being altruistic, didn’t you?

Another author friend of mine, R.E. Blake, is launching a brand new young adult series today that I know is going to be a big hit. Check out Less Than Nothing, I think you’ll be impressed. You can also find it on Barnes and Noble for Nook e-book readers and on iTunes.


Today we’re going to play tourist and check out Kitty Hawk, Nag’s Head and that area. It’s a place I’ve wanted to visit for a long time and I suspect once I see it I may want to stay for a while.

Thought For The Day – The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.

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  6 Responses to “An Easy Trip South”

  1. What’s the name of the campground?

  2. Welcome to North Carolina. Glad you are here.

  3. You must have missed it in the first paragraph, J.C., North River Campground

  4. Nick; Had the same problem with inner duals for over 3 years. Had less Schwab take of the woven wire extensions and went with brass ones and no more problems. People had said over and over that they were a problem waiting to happen and the tire guy showed me why. If you have them get rid of them.


  5. Glad to hear you made it safely to N Carolina waiting to read about your trips playing tourist. We just left Rock Port TX after a week, settled now almost at home and it is good to be back among friends and family for the winter. Stay safe

  6. We park frequently at my sister’s house which is a few miles down the road in Shiloh. I’ve heard that the pizza is good at the campground restaurant. Also there is the Topside restaurant in nearby Shiloh. Topside (located on the second floor above a general store and gas station) serves a buffet which consists of pretty good standard southern Sunday dinner type cooking. The town of Edenton is also a fairly interesting historic village – possibly worth a visit. We’ll pass by that area on our southbound snowbird journey in December.

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