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Smile! Retirement is on the horizon!

Planning, planning and more planning.


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I decided that I wasn’t going to post the few pictures that I took on the trip to Ormond Beach, there was really nothing interesting in them!  I hope no one was holding their breath to see them!  We did get the roof repaired and will take it to him in a week or so for some final details with the sealant.

We are now in the “OMG, we leave in just over a month” stage of our vacation with family and friends in New England.  I have spent part of today glued to the computer at work, in between calls, broken equipment and a chief visit, looking for travel information on I 95.  I found a really neat site,  I-95 Exit Guide, that I loved!  It had routes, toll information, RV sites…really important…and more.  I thought about ordering the book, but it was dated 2006!  There is an app, but I haven’t decided if I want to get it.  It all started when I thought about getting an EZPass for the tolls.  Here’s one of the things that irritated me to no end…I have a transponder for Florida, but it won’t work anywhere else.  In order to breeze through the tolls, I have to get a transponder from another state.  It doesn’t matter which one (it really does, I’ll get to that) as long as it’s through the EZPass system.  I started looking at the different states, thinking that one was as good as another.  Boy, was I wrong!!!  Maine has one that works with the other New England and Mid Atlantic states, no extra charges.  Mass has one that incurs charges and has a variety of rates, depending on where you use it.  By the time I got to Virginia, I was sick of the whole thing.  Each one works in the other states – except Florida of course – but then I had to decide what state, how much money I wanted to tie up on it and how to get it.  So that’s when I found the I 95 site.  They list the tolls on the entire length of I 95 except where there is no toll.  Sooooooo….the bottom line is I am NOT getting an EZPass, the tolls will be roughly 50.00 going North and 35.00 going south.  Don’t ask…it seems that some states want you to get out fast so they don’t charge tolls one or the other way!  Add to that, if we take the bike on a trailer, it will be slightly more.  That was another thing, one of the states said that if you are towing something, you would have to stop at a toll booth to have them adjust your toll.  REALLY?????

So this exercise in futility got me thinking about where we will stay the first night.  We hope to be in SC, maybe even NC.  I did some more digging and found a listing on Good Sam for Camp Pedro.  I laughed and laughed…this is the RV park attached to South of the Border.  Anyone that travels I 95 through the Carolina’s knows about South of the Border.  I was impressed, it got good reviews, and if nothing else, the entertainment factor is good too!  As the sign reads…”Pedro Sez” !!

The second night, we should be at Mohegan Sun Casinos.  They have an RV area, I have to download and print an application form to give them when we get there.  It’s called the Turtle Lot.  Boondocking at it’s finest!  It’s only for one night, so it will work.  Then we are only an hour/hour and a half from our destination!  Yay!

So…the only thing left to plan is the Maine portion of the trip.  I extended my vacation time in order to allow Paul time to rest after the drive up.  Lots to think about.

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