Saturday, October 13, 2018

Road to Campbellsville.......

8:29 am - Saturday - October 13th - Hagerstown, MD - 48º F, 86% humidity, wind 9 mph out of the west by northwest......heavy overcast.....rained all night, and is still raining as I write.  The forecast high for today here in Hagerstown will be 58º F.

After 3 days in New Castle, DE it was time to begin our westward trek to Campbellsville, KY and our next seasonal job.  It has been one month since we left Southwest Harbor, ME, but it seems much longer.  We have covered over 1,100 miles since then, and seen our 43rd, 44th, 45th, 46th, 47th, and 48th states during that time.  Maybe that's why it seems much longer than one month?

Our goal was to drive 150+ miles to Hagerstown, MD where we would spend the night in a Walmart Supercenter.  Essentially, from New Castle to Campbellsville, KY it is just under 700 miles, and we could cover that distance in two, or three days, but we've got 8, so why rush it?

After 3 days of overwhelming humidity, we woke up Friday to temps in the high 50's, and humidity in the mid 60 percentile......big, big changes!  In addition, we had sunny skies for the first time in almost a week.....a perfect day for driving!

We were on the road by 10:30 am, and merging onto I-95 southbound once again.  Within 30 minutes we were rolling through a toll area using our new E-ZPass transponder, and 5 minutes later we entered Maryland.......

Within 30 minutes we were skirting around Baltimore, and entering the tunnel which would take us under the Patapsco River......

.....shortly after passing through the tunnel we passed M&T Bank Stadium, the home of the NFL Baltimore Ravens.....

.....finally we escaped the gravitational pull of urban Maryland, and spent the last part of our trip to Hagerstown driving through rolling Maryland countryside......

.....when we began our day we passed numerous Service Areas (Rest Areas), but it was too soon for me to stop and take a break.  I figured I would take a break sometime after Baltimore after we transitioned to I-70 westbound, but there were no more rest areas until 13 miles before our destination!  What's up with that?  In spite of how close we were I decided to pull off and take a break, and a short see, that little tickle in my throat was turning into a head cold, and I needed a short nap.

We ultimately arrived at the Walmart off I-81 in Hagerstown around 2:45 pm, found a nice spot to park for the night, and then took a long walk around the large shopping complex in which Walmart is but one of the many national chain stores (Bed, Bath and Beyond; Home Depot; Marshalls; Game Stop; etc.).  In all I thin we covered a little over a mile before making our way into Walmart to do a small shopping.  We always try to patronize the business in whose parking lot we are staying.

It looks like the rain has stopped (9 am) this morning (Saturday), and we'll probably be back on the road in about 2 hours heading for Morgantown, WV (actually just past)......about 156 miles.  Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. We pulled into Campbellville last night, start Amazon on Monday. Last year we stayed at The Stables, tried the cell signal at Heartland 4 bars of Verizon, so we have dropped anchor at Heartland.

  2. Do they have sites still available at Heartland?

  3. Beware those tunnels usually disallow RV's that carry propane and the fines are extreme.


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