In my mind I'm goin' to Carolina....

Trip Start Aug 13, 2007
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Trip End Nov 12, 2007


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Lake Aire Campground, Charlestown

Flag of United States  , South Carolina
Tuesday, September 4, 2007

This morning we went to Wally's World (Walmart) so Fred could get a haircut and we could be cheeky and sit outside another shop in the Mall complex and use their Wi-fi. We drove back to the campground..and got lost...but found it again! We were staying at Phil & Ann's RV Park, in Hendersonville, North Carolina. This is a lovely 'Mom & Pop' park, and Phil & Ann are both very friendly & helpful. Phil is a certified mechanic and he was able to fix our brake problem on the 5th Wheel (the brakes locked up again the other evening as we were driving down to our campground in Spruce Pines). Ann and I had a chat while the guys were fixing the 5th wheel. Both she & Phil are originally from the Northern states and have been running the RV park for nearly 16 years. She solved the mystery of the giant spiderwebs we have been seeing right through the Blue Ridge Parkway in both Virginia & North Carolina - they are actually caterpillar webs - made by big hairy caterpillars that turn into Gypsy Moths!
We hit the road about midday and stopped for lunch at Spartenburg, South Carolina at an "Applybee's" restaurant. The food was yummy there, but the service was a little slack and we ended up stopping there longer than we wanted. We had a waitress that operated in slow motion - her constant reassurances of "I'll be back in 2 seconds', was actually more like 15 minutes!! Still the kids got a helium balloon each as they left, so that made their day. Also, while I think of it - thanks to all of you who have left comments on this site - I really enjoy reading them, and hearing your feedback.
The temperature rose steadily all the time we were heading down south, by the time we stopped at a rest area it was 36 degrees. We stocked up on some snacks and the vending machines were behind bars, the first time we have seen this at a rest area...a sign perhaps??! Closer to Charleston we started seeing Spanish Moss in the trees - that's the stuff you see hanging from the ancient oaks etc in movies set in the South. We were following the GPS and the woman's voice from the Streets & Maps directions, it was all going just dandy...until we turned down this driveway (which we thought was a road that we were meant to) and it turned out it was a dead end into a group of houses...! A guy in a car gave us directions to the campground he thought we were meaning (it wasn't but at least we managed to get out of his driveway)and we only just managed to do a u-turn in his yard and drive away. After going another mile up the highway, stopping at a gas station and me calling the computer a 'stupid woman' for about the hundredth time (the kids have now picked up on this and Kate was telling us 'not to listen to that stupid woman') we finally managed to find the right campground - Lake Aire Campground www.lakeairerv.com , which was nowhere NEAR where the programme told us it was! The office had closed by the time we arrived at 6, but there weren't too many others in the campground, so we just picked a pull thru spot & set up.
While Fred was having a conversation with an old recently-widowed Southern man called Ray (lovely guy, but very strong accent) I walked over to do the laundry and had a nice chat to a couple from Florida - hard to get away from people once you get them talking! Later when Fred went to pick up our washing that was still in the dryer, he found a couple of woman there - one who was folding our laundry for us, and refused to stop until she had finished (she liked doing laundry she told him, and Fred felt obliged to comment that he didn't think I would like her folding my underwear!!!! True!) Both ladies thought Fred was Scottish...what a hoot. The campground itself is quite pleasant, but very close to a train track - on which a large train with a big blasting horn goes through twice a night... this seems to be a common occurance at campgrounds.
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mike.g
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Hi Tracy and all, You are lucky, the GPS had fred and I driving through farmland and paddocks when we were using it. At least it is keeping you on the roads. Has she gone on a go slow yet, as when she gets tired she goes at a snails pace and sometimes stops all together. PS: I have only just dicovered this 2nd page of logs. - M.G. -

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