It was another cold morning, but it warmed up quickly and was a beautiful day for travel. We got packed up, disconnected utilities, checked tire pressures, and dumped tanks at the dump station on our way out.
By 11:30 we were on the road heading south on U.S. 221 until we picked up U.S. 23 most of the way to Jacksonville. We veered off U.S. 23 on FL 115 to cut off a few miles to access I-295 which circles the city. Soon, we arrived on the quiet street where Linda's sister, Karen, now lives.
If you recall, we helped Karen & Jay move into their new place back in the Spring. They have a large front yard plenty big enough for us, and that's where we'll be parked from now until the end of March. Of course, we have our upcoming trip to the Galapagos and for six weekends in January and February we'll be flying around to RV shows. So, we'll be gone as much as we're here over the next four months.
Jay & Karen are off on a cruise, so we we're on our own until Thanksgiving Day when they will be returning.
They have a very narrow driveway which I have to back down in order to get our rig situated in the yard properly. Last time I backed into the drive from the driver's side, but the entrance is more angled toward the passenger side. So this time I found a place in the neighborhood to turn around - no easy feat. But it made backing in from the road much easier.
Though they lost a few large trees in Hurricane Matthew, it's still a slow process backing down the tight drive between the remaining trees and boundary shrubbery. Whew. Made it.
We positioned the rig where there are no limbs hanging over us and where our rooftop satellite should be able to lock on through a gap in the trees. Last time I had to set up the portable dish, but this time, with the help of a missing tree, the rooftop did, in fact, get locked on.
We got set up, and I connected to an existing 20-amp outlet. I then ran hose and filled our fresh water tank. We could leave the water hooked up, but it's a long run with the hoses, and we didn't want them to be in the way. We don't have a sewer connection, so I'll have to "blue boy" it when necessary and use the clean-out we had installed in the Spring.
So, it's certainly not an ideal set-up, but it's free, Linda is close to her family, and our rig will be safe and sound during the times we are away.
Once we were set up, Linda communicated with her niece, Caroline. Caroline and her husband, Brian, were going to come over and grill some burgers for dinner out by the lake.
Caroline brought the food, but Brian got stuck in traffic, so I ended up on grill duty roasting some corn and cooking the burgers.
It was one of the coolest nights they've had in Jacksonville this Fall, so we ate our delicious meal inside. Caroline loves to cook, and she and Linda are taking care of the Thanksgiving meal.
After bundling up, Linda got a fire going in the old wood stove out by the lake, so we spent some time out there.
Eventually, Brian joined us and we chatted until around 8:00 or so.
So, we had a nice first evening, and though we'll have a couple of chilly nights to start off, it's going to warm up and be near 80 by Thanksgiving. After the last few weeks of fast traveling with one-night stays and the hectic pace while in Louisville, we're thankful to be parked for awhile.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving week. :)