Travel Alert

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 312017

If you’re going to be heading north, try to avoid Atlanta, Georgia if at all possible. The news last night said that a fire caused a portion of Interstate 85 to collapse in Atlanta and that traffic is going to face delays for a long time. Getting around or through Atlanta is a challenge under the best of circumstances. This can only make things worse. Depending where you’re leaving from and where you’re going, you might want to consider an alternative route such as Interstate 65 to avoid the mess.

After reading my Potpourri blog post a couple of days ago, in which I mentioned that the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson is now going to keep their RV park open year-round, someone emailed to remind me that we can also stay at Voyager RV Resort in Tucson under our Thousand Trails Elite membership. Voyager is not a Thousand Trails park but it’s an associate park, and we can stay there for a week for somewhere around four dollars per day. That’s a pretty darned good deal.

I also got an email from someone yesterday saying they had received a $25 gift certificate from us for volunteering back when we were running our rallies and wondering if it was still good since we are not holding the rallies anymore. It certainly is! You can use it for renewing your Gypsy Journal subscription or for the purchase of any of our books or camping guides. We appreciate the many people who volunteered to help make a rallies successful. The rallies were an incredible amount of work, and without our volunteers it would have been impossible to make them happen.

Speaking of our rallies, it made me feel good the other day when someone said a vendor at the Escapees rally in Tucson told them they really missed our rallies, and that no event ever treated vendors as well as we did. Hey, we’ve been on both sides of that vendor booth, selling our products at other rallies, as well as holding our own, and we know what’s involved in being a vendor. We appreciated all of them who came and supported us over the years.

We had our first 90° day here in central Florida a couple of days ago, and the weatherman said it looks like there is going to be an overall warming trend. I guess it’s just that time of year. I’m not complaining, we’ve had a wonderful winter. But we are looking forward to getting back on the road before too long. We can feel the hitch itch starting to set in.

Over 120 readers signed up for our latest Free Drawing in the first 24 hours, and I’m not surprised. We’ve got a great prize this week. Jim O’Briant has donated a one year subscription to This is a great resource for RVers, listing well over 13,000 free places where you can park overnight. It’s a $24.95 value and it could be yours free if you’re our lucky winner. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Thought For The Day – If you carry the bricks from your past relationship, you will end up building the same house.

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  2 Responses to “Travel Alert”

  1. The hitch itch is very real and so is the Gypsy Journal. I would leave right now and go to Atlanta and give us a first hand birds eye view of the traffic problem that you are reporting. After all you need stories for the Journal 🙂

  2. Your rallies were the best of any we visited! We would schedule our travel around your rallies. I’m sorry you felt a need to stop hosting them although I understand the ROI was just not there. I’m glad you found a better source of income and I enjoy reading your Big Lake books as much as I did attending your rallies. And I love that I can continue reading them now that we are no longer traveling. Thanks for being you and offering these parts of yourself to the rest of us.

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