The plan was to move about an hour or so away to an RV park with hook-ups and a strong cell signal. Rest N Nest Campground is just off of I-91 about 15 miles north of White River Junction.
It's also seven miles from the Appalachian Trail and is a place we are considering for a month stay for Linda for next year, so it was our plan to check it out while in Vermont.
They said they have a spot for us, but check-in wasn't until 1:00. My review of directions yesterday showed it was an hour away by car, so probably an hour and a half in the truck and fifth wheel. So, we weren't in a rush, although I was anxious to get on the road and check on my Dad.
Whenever something happens with my Dad (and with my Mom before she passed), my spirit droops and my typically positive, optimistic outlook goes into a funk. Though life on the road has had stressful moments, they are few and far between. However, parental health issues enhances those times of stress for me. This time, however, I am determined to fight through the funk, and to keep exercising which, in turn, improves my mood and therefore how I handle the situation.
So first thing this morning, I went for a run here in New Discovery State Park and made my way down the gravel road to Osmore Pond which looks like a great place to paddle if we were staying. It felt good to build up a good sweat and I continued with my exercise routine.
Afterward, I went to the bathhouse for a shower. You can get a cold shower for free, but if you want a hot shower, take some quarters. One shower was 50 cents for 4 minutes while another was 25 cents for 5 minutes. I opted for the bargain hot water. :)
I then went to the park office, explained our situation, and got a refund for the two nights we wouldn't be staying. They were very nice and I appreciated their accommodation. If they hadn't given us a refund, I would have understood.
We packed up, dumped the little bit of water we took on yesterday, and pulled out. No need to hit the dump station.
I was dreading the nine miles on Hwy 232. It was much worse in the truck with the trailer than in the Jeep yesterday. Lots of curves, some ups and downs, narrow shoulders, and poor road conditions due to frost heaves, had me white-knuckling those nine miles. I hoped the U.S. Hwy 302 would be better.
We turned right on U.S. 302. I was trying to remember directions from the online map I saw yesterday and we didn't look at an actual map to confirm. Yeah, you know where this is going.
I knew that 302 would eventually intersect with I-91 and then it was an easy 26 miles down the interstate to Rest N Nest. Unfortunately, I should have taken a left onto 302. We went the wrong direction and ended up in Barre, VT. It wasn't until we got into the middle of town and saw signs for I-87 rather than I-91 that I realized something was wrong.
We both turned on our navigation on our phones and learned that we had gone 30-something miles the wrong way and now had 60 to go, when the trip was only supposed to be 45 miles. Oops.
We made our way over the terrible roads in Barre to I-87. We stopped at the first rest area to get our bearings, re-group, and call the hospital. Fortunately, my Dad was doing better, but he was still waiting on a doctor to get test results.
Once we fully understood our mistake and got an update on my Dad, the phrase "It is what is" allowed us to take a deep breath and let it go.
Again I have to say, the drives on Vermont's interstates are beautiful. The secondary roads, however, haven't been impressive at all. Usually, we go out of our way to avoid interstates. In Vermont, I embrace the interstates.
We finally arrived at Rest N Nest around 1:30 and hoped the available sites hadn't been snagged. We were prepared to stay a week, and they gave us two sites to choose from. We selected Site 4 - a full hook-up site with 30 amps. It's $40 a night, but we got the weekly rate (7 nights for the price of 6) and there was no tax on top so it comes out to about $34 a night - not too bad.
We have great cell service and I called the hospital again. I spoke to a nurse that said my Dad's CT scans came back negative. He had a slight urinary tract infection which can sometimes cause weakness in the elderly and they were treating it with antibiotics, but it looked like he would be discharged tomorrow. There was talk of sending him to a rehab facility for a few days, before he went home. I was feeling better and he sounded much better when I talked to him again.
We got set up. I knew our rooftop satellite dish was blocked by trees, and I got out the tripod dish though I wasn't optimistic. I got a signal, but it was at the corner of our neighbor's rig and I couldn't set up the tripod there. So we'll do without.
I cranked up the over-the-air antenna. We get one network channel and 8 PBS channels. :) We'll just stream what we really want to watch since we have a fairly significant data plan.
The rest of the afternoon, I started to get caught up on Journal entries and we returned emails. With the recent hiking and all the photos and the travel days, we were way behind. There was a high chance of thunderstorms (which never came - blue skies and 90 degrees all afternoon) so we just got out the loungers and worked outside in the shade.
Later on, I grilled some burgers and we had a somewhat peaceful evening. We are close to the interstate, so there is constant road noise. But it's not too bad inside the rig if we have the fantastic fans going.
Tomorrow, we'll probably continue to get caught up on things and then we'll get out and about the next day.
Whew. We're just glad to be settled with a good cell signal and fast internet access. We've become very dependent on our internet for so many things, and it's really important right now to be reachable any time of the day or night. I'll be more diligent about ensuring that is the case for our next few campground choices.