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The Maine and Eastern Seaboard Trip, Just the Facts, Maam!
« on: March 28, 2016, 04:31:00 PM »
Well, here we go again! Since the last few blogs seemed to be fairly popular, I  will once again be supplying info and travel facts about the places we go, and the journey as we make our way across the country. 

As usual, my blog is about the costs, RV sites, and ups and downs of the places we stay. I leave most of the "local flavor" reporting to the DW Diane.  Her "Trip Journal" blog covers more of the local attractions, and many more pics.  Her blog can be found at http://www.mytripjournal.com/RVnChick2016

Diane has already made her first blog entry, which includes a map of our Itinerary for the most of the trip. My link at the bottom of the page will have the new link to her blog there as well.

As usual I welcome your input and suggestions. I will also try to include handicapped access info, as well as the availability of WiFi in the places we stop.  We pull out April 1st for our first stop, which will be at a Ca beach campground that we haven't stayed at before. 

You are welcome to come along for the ride!
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2016, 06:00:12 PM »
Hey we will be following with great interest.  We too are headed out that way.  We will be leaving Tucson, AZ early May to GA then along the coast to Maine and Prince Edward Island and back to Quebec City, then Chicago and from there to Vernon, BC in Canada before returning to Tucson by the end of September.
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2016, 06:21:20 PM »
Diane's 2016 blog is now on my Favorites list.  Looking forward to her reports on your trip.  She does an excellent job of reporting what you are seeing in your travels.  I very much enjoy and appreciate her efforts.

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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2016, 06:32:32 PM »
Hey we will be following with great interest.  We too are headed out that way.  We will be leaving Tucson, AZ early May to GA then along the coast to Maine and Prince Edward Island and back to Quebec City, then Chicago and from there to Vernon, BC in Canada before returning to Tucson by the end of September.

Sounds like a great trip. We are staying more north to hit the Yellowstone rally on the way by. 

Diane's 2016 blog is now on my Favorites list.  Looking forward to her reports on your trip.  She does an excellent job of reporting what you are seeing in your travels.  I very much enjoy and appreciate her efforts.

Margi

Thanks Margi! She puts her heart and soul into all her entries and loves knowing that folks are enjoying them.
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2016, 06:35:45 PM »
Sounds like a great trip. We will be going to Maine, with a brief stop in NYC this summer. We are fitting it into two weeks though, since we are still in the working world.
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2016, 06:39:55 PM »
We are going to hit NYC as well. We will stay across the bay in NJ at Liberty Harbor.  Just a gravel parking lot with hook ups, but really close to the city.
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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2016, 06:58:41 PM »
We toyed with the Liberty Harbor idea, but ended up making a reservation at Croton Point State Park a little ways up the Hudson. We will take the train in and avoid NYC traffic. Hope it works out ok. It will also be our kid's first ride on the train.
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2016, 07:20:51 PM »
Sounds like New England is the place to be this summer. We'll leave the lights on for you.
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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2016, 09:22:20 PM »
We did the North East last year. This year we are going back West/North West. I have some suggestions and tips on places to stay if you are interested. Are you going to DC?We were visiting with people camped next to us in Spokane that were from Boston that were on their way west to see grand kids. I asked what route they took. The guy said just get on the Mass turnpike and go west. Makes it sound easey.
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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2016, 11:16:26 PM »
Oh yeah, Diane has the route all planned out already, as well as many of the parks we will be staying at. At the time of year we are going we needed to secure some of the places we wanted to stay or we would have been locked out.  Prior planning!
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« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2016, 09:07:24 AM »
Where are you staying at #19 and 20? I can't inlarge the map. I was all the way to Eastport Main. Are you going to Acadia National Park?
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« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2016, 09:44:50 AM »
Marty-

I see you're driving right by me on I-80 in Western Illinois and also apparently staying somewhere near here (#16).  If you're interested, we could get together for a lunch or dinner "mini-rally."
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« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2016, 10:14:11 AM »
Marty,
Same here. You'll most likely be heading up I-95 going through Portsmouth NH before entering into Maine. We are located about 15 miles north of Portsmouth. So if you're looking for a place to crash for a night or 2, you're welcome. We would have water and electric. No sewer.
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« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2016, 12:22:48 PM »
Hey Everyone!  I am Marty's DW, Diane (AKA RVnChick).  I am the chief planner and navigator - so Marty wanted me to chime in on the inquires involving our planned stops.  :)  I do not have his experience with the forum so bear with me ;)

Marty-

I see you're driving right by me on I-80 in Western Illinois and also apparently staying somewhere near here (#16).  If you're interested, we could get together for a lunch or dinner "mini-rally."

Stop #16 is the border of Iowa (Davenport) and Illinois (Rock Island)in early June.  We do not have a reservation for this stop but the plan is to stay at the Rock Island/Quad Cities KOA - Unless there is a better suggestion.    ???

Marty,
Same here. You'll most likely be heading up I-95 going through Portsmouth NH before entering into Maine. We are located about 15 miles north of Portsmouth. So if you're looking for a place to crash for a night or 2, you're welcome. We would have water and electric. No sewer.

We are driving from Normandy Farms RV in Foxboro, MA to Shore Hills RV in Boothbay, ME in early July.  I have already made reservations for these stops.  From past experience, I learned that if I do not plan and make reservations for our summer stops early - many of the desirable RV parks book up.  We also have stops at Smugglers Den in Southwest Harbor, ME, Wagon Wheel at Old Orchard Beach, ME and Wawaloam Campground in West Kingston, RI.    Hopefully, I made good choices with these parks....either way...it is all part of the adventure!

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« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2016, 12:23:20 PM »
We are going to hit NYC as well. We will stay across the bay in NJ at Liberty Harbor.  Just a gravel parking lot with hook ups, but really close to the city.

We'll be there late June for 5 days. Our trip is starting south (Big Bend NP), then FL and up the coast all the way to Eastport, ME.

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« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2016, 12:55:08 PM »

Stop #16 is the border of Iowa (Davenport) and Illinois (Rock Island)in early June.  We do not have a reservation for this stop but the plan is to stay at the Rock Island/Quad Cities KOA - Unless there is a better suggestion.    ???


Diane-

I work in Rock Island and live in Geneseo, about 25 miles east of there.  I am perhaps a bit biased in favor of my hometown, but I would recommend the Geneseo Campground.  http://www.fulltiming-america.com/geneseo/ .  (Odd website; for some reason you have to click on a picture of a turtle to navigate to the next page)  50A FHU for less that $30 a night (website says $26, but I'm not sure if that is 100% current).  I've never camped there because I only live two miles away, but it consistently gets excellent reviews on rvparkreviews.com.  I do go there to fill my propane tank and the staff is always very friendly and accommodating.

Is this just a one night stop and back on the road, or are you spending a few days?

Oh, and welcome to the forum.  You only have about 4700 posts to catch up with Marty.  ;-)  I suspect you might be a bit like me, enjoying the planning of the trip almost as much as the trip itself.
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« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2016, 01:51:25 PM »
Diane, it's nice to be able to tell you in person just how much I enjoy reading your blog.  Keep up the good work!

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« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2016, 05:25:01 PM »


We are driving from Normandy Farms RV in Foxboro, MA

We have been to Normandy Farms several times but it's been years. It is a big campground. Nice but I imagine it will be a little pricey for that time of year.
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« Reply #18 on: March 29, 2016, 07:03:30 PM »
Diane-

I work in Rock Island and live in Geneseo, about 25 miles east of there.  I am perhaps a bit biased in favor of my hometown, but I would recommend the Geneseo Campground.  http://www.fulltiming-america.com/geneseo/ .  (Odd website; for some reason you have to click on a picture of a turtle to navigate to the next page)  50A FHU for less that $30 a night (website says $26, but I'm not sure if that is 100% current).  I've never camped there because I only live two miles away, but it consistently gets excellent reviews on rvparkreviews.com.  I do go there to fill my propane tank and the staff is always very friendly and accommodating.

This campground is owned by good friends of ours, two of the nicest folks to be found anywhere on the planet.
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« Reply #19 on: March 29, 2016, 09:14:59 PM »
Sounds like you've got good suggestions for #16 but just had to put in our recommendation for a stop we made there.  As soon as you cross the Iowa/Illinois border on Rt 80 there is a COE campground 1 mile south and right on the Mississippi River.  Very nice campground with 50 amp service, $20 a night or $10 with the senior pass.  Loved sitting at our site watching the river barges plying the river.  Fisherman's Corner Recreation Area is the name of the campground.  Enjoy!
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« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2016, 10:33:01 PM »
For some reason, I'm only seeing Stop #1 (Los Angeles) on the map and nothing on the Itinerary page.

I'm also going to be on the East Coast this summer, to help with sound at the Escapees Escapade in Essex Junction, VT Vermont July 24-29.   The trip will be a little faster than I'd ideally like, I'm leaving Los Angeles on June 25 and returning on September 4.

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« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2016, 10:37:36 PM »
Lou, if you are looking at Diane's blog, the itinerary map is one of the pics if you click on the attached photos with the entry. 

Lot's of great info! I love getting insider info when heading to a new area.
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« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2016, 10:52:25 PM »
Marty and Diane, If you are going through Ohio on I-80 there are two rest areas ( one at each end I think) with RV spots with electric for $20. There are also a dump station and a place to take on potable water.
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« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2016, 11:01:13 PM »
Diane-

I work in Rock Island and live in Geneseo, about 25 miles east of there.  I am perhaps a bit biased in favor of my hometown, but I would recommend the Geneseo Campground. 

Is this just a one night stop and back on the road, or are you spending a few days?



Thank you for the recommendation!  I checked out the web site and it looks very nice.  Unfortunately, they do not have paved sites :(   One of the first things I look for!  It will be a three night stay.  I am intrigued by vetmom's recommendation...

Sounds like you've got good suggestions for #16 but just had to put in our recommendation for a stop we made there.  As soon as you cross the Iowa/Illinois border on Rt 80 there is a COE campground 1 mile south and right on the Mississippi River.  Very nice campground with 50 amp service, $20 a night or $10 with the senior pass.  Loved sitting at our site watching the river barges plying the river.  Fisherman's Corner Recreation Area is the name of the campground.  Enjoy!

I see that Fisherman's Corner COE has paved sites and views of the Mississippi!   The pictures on-line look amazing!  $20 a night for 50 amp....no water or sewer but there is a dump station and we are only there 3 nights.....This looks fantastic!

We have been to Normandy Farms several times but it's been years. It is a big campground. Nice but I imagine it will be a little pricey for that time of year.
  HA!!!  It seems all commercial parks in the Northeast are very "pricey." 

Diane, it's nice to be able to tell you in person just how much I enjoy reading your blog.  Keep up the good work!

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Oh, and welcome to the forum.  You only have about 4700 posts to catch up with Marty.  ;-)  I suspect you might be a bit like me, enjoying the planning of the trip almost as much as the trip itself.

Yes, trip planning, navigating and adventure organizing fits right in with my OCD!  Marty is the driver, mechanic, mod master and my DH....

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« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2016, 11:26:26 PM »
I leave the planning and navigation to Diane.  She is really good at it and loves doing it. Our skills complement each other.
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« Reply #25 on: March 30, 2016, 07:48:03 AM »

I see that Fisherman's Corner COE has paved sites and views of the Mississippi!   The pictures on-line look amazing!  $20 a night for 50 amp....no water or sewer but there is a dump station and we are only there 3 nights.....This looks fantastic!


I haven't stayed there, but have driven through.  It is a nice CG.  I would definitely choose it over the Rock Island KOA, but then I always choose parks over commercial campgrounds.  The only slight negative is that it is close to railroad tracks, so there is a potential for some train noise.  All the reviews say it is not excessive train noise, which makes sense because it's not a very busy route.  If you ride bikes, there is a paved bike trail that runs right by there along the Mississippi.

I'll send you and Marty a PM with my cell # and as you get closer I can offer some suggestions of things to do in the area.  I don't want to sidetrack this thread into a commercial for Quad Cities tourism.
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« Reply #26 on: March 30, 2016, 09:26:07 AM »
As you didn't reply to my question I will simply say have a good trip.
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« Reply #27 on: March 30, 2016, 09:49:35 AM »
Sorry Bill, I got lost in the shuffle.  Stop 19 is Geneva State park in Ohio.  I have a massive amount of family not far from there, and it should be a busy stop.  #20 is Hickory Hill Camping Resort in Bath, NY.  We have never been there before either so it  should be interesting.   

We are three days from pulling out, so I am scrambling a bit to take care of a zillion little things before we go. I am so excited!
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« Reply #28 on: March 30, 2016, 10:19:52 AM »
Please keep in touch. An easy way is to follow me on my Facebook page. We are doing about the same trip but counter clockwise.  We may run into each other on the East coast.  :)
We plan to be in GA by about the end of May then head North by the end of June.
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« Reply #29 on: March 30, 2016, 10:29:40 AM »
You can friend me on Facebook, as I stop by there and check in occasionally. I am on RV Forum much more though. I find talking about RV's way more interesting than the drama I find on FB! I can PM you my full name if you want.
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