Friday, December 31, 2010

Heading South!

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It was a beautiful day on Wednesday when we departed the Sea Mist RV Campground in Virginia Beach.  We were excited to get underway again after a wonderful stay there.

We were in no hurry and wanted to let it warm up and also wanted to let the morning traffic die down some.  We completed (slowly) our checklist items and pulled the coach out to hook up the car.  Everything was in order so off we went.
We headed west on US 58 to Emporia to catch I-95 going south.  The roads looked good and we saw no signs of black ice.  Some places were wide open with plenty of lanes.   And sometimes the traffic was light.  

I love driving this bus.  It is a smooth and comfortable ride and a pure joy.
 I guess we drove about 2 1/2 or 3 hours before we decided to take a rest stop.  I needed to stretch and walk.
 The rest stop area looked like an RV parking lot!  I counted 14 RVs and maybe 5 or 6 tractor trailers.  I talked with a guy from Buffalo for a few minutes.  I couldn't believe it ~ everyone had the same idea, "after the snow starts melting, we are heading south!"
We saw lots of cars and RVs from Ontario, Quebec, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Florida.  Pam's theory was that a lot of people have become residents of Florida and go back East for the holidays to see their old friends and family and then return.  We saw lots of Florida plates.

We were a little less than half full but decided to stop and get some fuel.  $281.47 later, we were on our way.
We stopped at a place called 'South of the Border'.  It had no sites that would accommodate a 40' rig.  But it did have propane and since we were about empty we filled it up ($74.33).  Besides, it was a little cheesy so we were fine with finding another place.

Down the road about 30 miles, we found Florence RV park.  In 2010 it changed from being a KOA campground.  Our 2009 Woodall's had it listed as a KOA so I looked in vain for KOA signs and turned right when I should have turned pulled into an abandoned gas station and did a 'U turn'.

We called them, got on the right path and found the campground.
 It was a great spot with full hookups, it was level and had a nice view of the lake...
 This was a few minutes after 5:00 pm
We were the first ones out of the park and were underway by 8:45 am.  It was a gorgeous day and we had only one slow down.  In two days we went about 550 miles and were surprised at how busy I-95 was.  LOTS of people were going south and it was mostly busy.  A bigger surprise was how many RV's we saw going north..?

After 4 1/2 hours we arrived at King's Bay Naval Submarine Base, Georgia ~ about 1:00 pm.  It is a 2009 Military Campground of the Year award winner and we can see why.  It is well run, organized and there is plenty of space between the sites.

We were greeted by neighbors on the right and the left and thought, "this may be the friendliest place we have ever been.."  We took our time setting up but enjoying the nice weather.  Like 64 degree weather!
 The lake is about 100 yards off our left side.  It has a few animals in the woods behind us and in the lake...
Part of our exploration of the base included a stop at the car wash.  Our Honda needed it.
After we washed the car, we vacuumed it and filled it with gas, then returned to our campsite.  Pam wanted to get a couple of loads of wash done.  She is on a campaign to wash everything that needs to be washed ~ and then some.  I can see why.  To her delight, she found the laundry has big front loader washers and dryers and the price is: free.  Yup!  Another reason why we like this place.

We cooked chicken and cut up some potatoes on the grill and watched some football before he went to bed.

Thanks for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles!  Be safe and have a great New Year's Day!


  1. It sure looks like a nice place. I especially like the free laundry! Ours is $1.75 here!

    Glad your weather is improving.

  2. Randy and Pam, Happy New Year. When we came through the Dillon area this year, we stayed in a State Park called Little Pee Dee. While it’s a bit tight, it’s very nice. The King’s Bay campground sounds great, enjoy your time there.


  3. Really enjoyed your post this morning and chuckled when you mentioned South of the Border :) We are always entertained by their bill boards on I-95 but have never stopped.
    Happy New Year to you both!

  4. Ah - South of the Border. It's been quite the tourist trap for years. We've never stopped in but surely will some day. Just because.

    Yup, time for us northies to head on south. We are in the Austin, TX area until Sunday then head to AZ.

    Ouch on the cost of fuel. I saw on TV this morning that the CEO of Shell says it will get to $5.00/gallon. He should know!

  5. happy new year, Pam and Randy..looks like you have a nice place to park for a bit!!..great job on the blog this past year..and thanks for letting us ride along!!
    may 2011 bring you both much joy, health and happiness!!

  6. Happy New Year to ya'll from the Texas gang!!

    Holler when you are ever in our neck of the woods.

    Travel safe. Cindy and Walker

  7. Your new spot sure looks a lot more comfy than the snow covered place you left!

    Happy New Year Randy and Pam and all the bes for 2011!

  8. Those lake photos fairly scream "Get the fly rod"! Nice!

  9. Nice to see you folks on the move again & heading South. May 2011 start off with being your best year ever:))

  10. I have so enjoyed following your blog for the past few months. Happy New Year to both of you. Maybe all those rigs you saw going north were just going a short distance? Hopefully, at least. Enjoy your southern climes!

  11. When I was a kid, we had a camper (I miss it a lot...but hubs is NOT a camper:-( )and we were always looking for the KOA campgrounds too. You site sounds marvelous...great views and free laundry? You can't beat that!! Beautiful sunset pics!!!

  12. Hi Randy and Pam! I really enjoyed the pictures you posted in VB of the snow on the beach!! I don't think I've ever seen that before...

    Glad that you had a great Christmas with your chldren and hope that you have a Happy New Year!

    Kerri in AL :-)

  13. Glad you folks got to leave some of that frozen sea mist behind! Hope it stays warm for the rest of your journey South!

  14. We have not been to South of the Border in years, but your description sure fit what I remember about the place.

    Stayed at Kings Bay Base a month or so ago. One of the best in the Military system, for sure.

    Happy New Year!

  15. Clearly understand why you would head south...and log the miles in a short time.

  16. Florida is our home state so we do the reverse... stay here during the winter and then go traveling during the summer... Come on down!
    Wishing you & your family a great new year… filled with peace ☮ love ♥ happiness ☺ good health and fun!
    Travel Safe

  17. One question about military campgrounds...Is it for retired military and active military only?..or do you just show some proof that you have served...?? All I know is that they ALL seem to be really great. Happy new year!!

  18. Military campgrounds require a military ID card, either active duty or retired. Dept of Def civilians are also eligible.

  19. From snow on the beach to a lovely campground by the lake and gorgeous sunset images ... continuing to follow along.

  20. Enjoyed reading about your trip south. What beautiful pictures of the lake and sunset. Have a Happy New Year.

    hippo hugs