Oct 092014

We thought about staying at North River Campground near Shawboro, North Carolina longer because we really liked the campground and I would have liked to have toured the Museum of the Albemarle in nearby Elizabeth City. But they are having their annual seafood festival this week and we didn’t have advance reservations, so it was time to move on.

Once a major seaport, sailing ships delivered cargo from ports all over the world to Elizabeth City, and there is a lot of history to be found in the area. In the short time we were in the area, we spent part of one afternoon exploring the old downtown along the waterfront, checking out a neat bookstore, and even learning about a haunted house in town. Definitely a place we need to get back to.

Coke Mural

We have been working hard at shortening our travel days. For years, 400+ mile days were not uncommon for us when we were teaching at Life on Wheels or working a couple of dozen events a year on the RV rally circuit as vendors. But with that behind us, we don’t usually have to be someplace in a hurry these days, so why do it?

Except for one 450 mile day when we traveled from Ohio to Pennsylvania back in August, our longest travel day has been 185 miles, moving from one Thousand Trails park to another as we have made our way south.

Yesterday was another easy travel day, just 169 miles. We left the campground about 11 a.m., and after a quick stop for fuel, we got onto U.S. Highway 17 headed south.

Most of the way it was a good four lane road, with a few two lane stretches that were not a problem. I was surprised to see cotton fields this far north. I always though of it as more of a southern crop, as in further south, though I know they also grow cotton as far west as Arizona.

Cotton field

We had to cross a couple of long bridges, including over the Cowan River, but I didn’t snivel. Miss Terry says I’m becoming such a big boy that I may graduate to long pants before very much longer.

Cowan River 2

At New Bern we picked up U.S. Highway 70 and followed it east 30 miles, most of it past one shopping center and commercial strip after another, arriving at the Elks Lodge in Morehead City about 3 p.m. We are parked on a blacktop driveway behind the building, plugged into a 30 amp electric outlet, and there are water bibs to fill our tank if needed.

We don’t have anything on the schedule, which is very nice. We will hang out here a few days, eat some seafood, and go out to Atlantic Beach and just goof off for a while before we continue further south. Life is good.

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  5 Responses to “Another Easy Travel Day”

  1. Bill and I passed cotton fields in Missouri and were also surprised. Maybe the price they charge for cotton has something to do with it.

  2. Cotton is also grown in California, I believe. It’s nice that your travel days have been shorter lately. You always told me to slow down and enjoy the journey. Glad to see you’re following your own advice!

  3. Morning Nick, I see that you folks are in Morehead, pretty area. We will be just north of you at the New Bern KOA taking in the Mumfest this weekend in New Bern, hoping the weather holds out for Saturday.

    Have fun in Morehead City and welcome to the Tarheel State!!


  4. the entire coastal states seem to be having Shrimp Fest this weekend, We know that Rockport is having theirs. It was fun watching all the winter Texans starting to come and all the RV parks starting to fill.

  5. COTTON: Some of the BEST long staple Cotton is grown in Kern County of California. This is much further West than Arizona. Many years ago, when I was in my early teens, we picked Cotton by hand. The sacks that were used to hold the Cotton were very heavy. We were paid by the weight of the Cotton that we picked.

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