Our first full day went off without a hitch!
Though, to our surprise, it went smoother than we were expecting.
We awoke to a dense fog in the Wal Mart parking lot that had been our home for the past eight hours. We took this as an opportunity to make a few more purchases (tire pressure gauge, external hard drive, and paper towels) and use their restrooms with running water.
Since we still haven’t found anywhere to fill up our water tank, we have been using water bottles to flush the toilet. To be honest, it has worked better than we were expecting. Long term though, we’ll definitely not want to rely on this particular method.
After a hearty breakfast consisting of cold Olive Garden Ziti, macaroni and cheese, and some terrific brownies from Wegman’s, we were on our way. The roads were clear, and the hitch was not giving us too many issues. We were averaging about 10 miles to the gallon. I kept Katie constantly informed of this with every tenth of a mile change in the average (she was enthralled by it).
We drove straight through, only stopping for gas once. It was a little tight getting out of the gas station, so we will definitely try to keep those excursions to a minimum, and ideally on highway rest stops as opposed to exits. Manuvering a 31 foot trailer can be as hard as it sounds at times!
We pulled into Countryside Campground in Mogadore Ohio (the town name sold us on it) at about 4 in the afternoon. The campground owner was very friendly and helpful. I was trying not to let on that this was the first time we were staying in a campground and not look like a novice, not sure if I pulled that off or not. We got a pull-through site, so that made it easier for me not to show how inexperienced I was. And it was only 18 dollar a night, so we couldn’t complain about that, especially with full hookups.
Setting up went very well . . . at first. We got the hitch off and truck unshackled in no time at all. The problems started to come when it came time to level the trailer. The one side had to come up significantly, which I thought was no problem since we had motors that turned the jacks. If only they worked! They would just start to bite on the leveling blocks, and then stop turning. I was forced to turn them the rest of the way by hand using the flimsy tool that came with the trailer. Bad times, but we were level and didn’t have to worry about our food in the fridge at the end of it.
After setting up, Katie made our first dinner in the camper. We had a limited choice in term of supplies, so we whipped up a fantastic dinner of rice, hot dogs, and some sort of Indian spiced vegetable pack we picked up from Costco. It was amazing!
After our filling, delectable, and nutritious dinner, we decided to go for a walk by the lake that the campground owner had mentioned to me as I checked in. Walking through the campground, we passed a parrot that whistled at Katie (I didn’t view him as a threat) and some really cool older trailers.
The lake ended up being much bigger than Katie and I were expecting. We saw a few cranes, and tried to chase down a woodpecker that couldn’t have been more than a few dozen feet from us. But to no avail.
After getting back to the camper, we settled in and Katie decided to take a nice, relaxing shower to unwind. Didn’t really turn out that way, as she ran out of hot water 2 minutes in with her hair full of conditioner. A shivering Katie was not too pleased when I realized we didn’t have enough water to go into the hot water heater to fill it. But that mistake has been corrected, and shall not happen again! For now, Katie has only one leg shaven.
After that we had a night of well deserved rest before our sojourn to Cleveland the next morning.