The first day of our 5000 miles RV trip went much slower than we expected. Not the driving part but the prepping — although I did enjoy driving our RV to the local suburban grocery store to stock up.
Luckily, we had chosen a place only 3-4 hours away: New River Gorge, West Virginia.
Even so, I had to call the rangers to double-check we didn’t need to know anything about our RV spot along New River since the ranger station would be closed by the time we arrived. She was nice but seemed a little skeptical of our plans.
Perhaps it was the one lane bridge we had to cross.
Or the two police officers and national park ranger who stopped us for what they called a seatbelt check but looked more like a meth raid to me.
Or the dirt road we had to maneuver down to get to our site along the New River.
But finally we arrived in the drizzle and were greeted by a camping neighbor whose accent was so thick, I’m only 50% sure he said, “You backin’ up here?”
And once that was settled, we headed to the river.
We were boondocking, which means no electricity, water or sewer , quite the kickoff to our trip! Our neighbor also introduced us to his dog and warned us about raccoons. Or maybe he was inviting us over for dinner.
After sunset, someone started yelling ANYONE IN THERE and finally knocked. Scott considered not answering, but I don’t think we’ve ever been quiet enough to pull that off. Plus, it turned out to just be the campsite host checking us in because we had arrived too late to check in with the rangers.
After all the excited, we settled in and slept great.
The next day went on a hike over to the New River Gorge Bridge (which took a 45 minute trip to get across the river and made it a 45 second trip!)
And then we were off to Ohio with me behind the wheel!