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Mytle Beach

Freightliner Chassis

Close-up on engine.

CNN Atrium

Coco-cola Bottles Art Work.

Carter Museum building.

Stone Mountain.

Carving in the side of Stone Mountain.

Gondola Ride on Stone Mountain

View from Stone Mountain

Thursday, May 12, we brought in the RV slides, retracted the leveling jacks and headed toward Myrtle Beach, SC. It was about a two and a half hour drive on US Highway 17 to the Myrtle Beach State Park, where we had reservations for two nights. Those were the only nights open and after we arrived we discovered why, this was the start of motorcycle week at Myrtle Beach. All the nearby businesses and the State Park were busy. This was a very nice State Park with nice accommodations, 30 amp electric, water, dump station and free WiFi, which is unusual for a State Park. This pull-thru site had only one problem; the multitude of tall trees did not allow Carol to get satellite reception. This forested park was right on the ocean but there was a good little walk to the beach so as we did, we drove there. There is also a very long fishing pier, store and beach chair rental available. Back from the beach were shaded picnic tables, shelters and playgrounds for the kids. As at most State Parks it is open to the public for a small entrance fee but no extra charge for those that have campground reservations. On our drive into Myrtle Beach we discovered one of our favorite restaurants, which is Texas Roadhouse so we had dinner there that evening. We have not eaten there since we left Texas back in late March.

Friday we just drove around the business area of Myrtle Beach to see all the beach hotels, tourist ‘stuff’ and made a quick stop at the beach to pick-up a few shells. Carol did a little shopping and I went geocaching, three of caches were in the State Park.

Saturday was moving day and we drove via US 501 and I-20 to Columbia, SC. We again had reservations at another State Park, Sesquicentennial State Park just East of Columbia. The drive was sunny until we were about 15 miles from Columbia when the sky turned dark and we ran into heavy rain. Luckily the rain got lighter by the time we arrived at our camping site but it was still raining. Our site was a back-in site, which means we had to disconnect the Jeep to back into our site. Also, the site was not level enough that even the automatic leveling jacks could make the RV level. So I had to put some boards under the rear wheels to compensate for the tilt down hill and all of this in a light rain. Oh well, I can’t remember having to do this much work in rain before. The advantage of a relative level pull-thru site is I can drive in without unhooking the Jeep and push the button on the dash and the RV will level itself automatically. This is SO much easier than when we had the fifth-wheel trailer, all the leveling then was manual cranking to get set up level. This State Park also had too many tall trees to get satellite reception and also it did not have WiFi. We were scheduled to be here three nights and we did not do much of anything. We spent one evening out to dinner and that was about all we did.

Tuesday, we drove the RV to Gaffney, SC, which is the birthplace of the Freightliner Chassis under our motorhome. Freightliner makes the frame that includes the engine, transmission, drive train, suspension and controls upon which many manufactures, along with Winnebago, build the box for the living quarters of the motorhome. We went to Freightliner for two things; take a two-day seminar about the workings of the chassis and to get some factory service done. I only needed the oil and filters changed but while I am here I wanted the factory techs to also check over all components after five years of use. The two-day class was excellent and I left with a two-inch thick notebook, a full data CD and a head full of information. After four nights of staying in the back lot of the service center, we were ready to head on to our next destination.

Saturday morning we drove south on I-85 to Atlanta, GA. We parked our home at a small RV park a short distance outside of Stone Mountain Park, which is 18 miles east of downtown Atlanta. Sunday morning I drove into downtown Atlanta to visit three places. First stop was for a tour of CNN. I parked in a small lot across the street from the CNN headquarters. I paid a machine for an hour of parking, placed the receipt on the dashboard of the car and went across the street to enjoy a tour of CNN. I returned to the car an hour and ten minutes later with two boots on the tires of the Jeep. It cost me $75 to have the boots removed. I do not like Atlanta. Yes, I know I should have paid for two hours but I thought at 9:00 am on Sunday morning I could slide with ten minutes. Nope. I was so discussed that I almost cancelled the rest of the visits, but I traveled on to my next stop, The World of Coca-Cola. After another parking fee of $10, I saw two movies, one 4D, lots of Coke memorabilia and artwork, and a functioning bottling line that makes sample bottles of Coke. I then sampled some of the 64 varieties of Coke products sold around the World and just before you enter the gift shop you are given one of the sample bottles that I saw earlier being bottled. I then drove a few miles to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. It was a beautiful building set in a park-like setting and free parking. This was like many Presidential Museums showing his life history, pre-election, presidential accomplishments, a day in the Life of…, Oval Office, and Post-Presidency.

Monday morning, Carol and I went to the Stone Mountain Park. Stone Mountain is a huge outcropping of Granite that is over 1000 feet high and a couple miles wide, that is surrounded by flat land. On the face of the mountain is a carving of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, important men of the Civil War. It is bigger than the carving on Mount Rushmore and the figure of Lee stands as tall as a nine-story building and Davis’ thumb is the size of a sofa. This forest park has two Hotels, campground (didn’t stay there), golf course, hiking/nature trails, two museums, stores and restaurants. It also has a 4D movie, boat ride, train ride and night laser/fireworks show on the side of the mountain. Since it was Monday before the busy season starts Memorial weekend, none of those rides or shows were open. The Gondola ride to the top of the mountain was open so Carol and I took that ride. Nice view from up there but there was so much haze you couldn’t see very far.

A small change in our travel plans. Our daughter, Tracy, got a chance to go to the UK and Ireland for her travel agent work. She leaves June 3 and Carol wants to be back in Kansas City before she leaves. So, we are heading back to KC and plan to be there May 27, just before Memorial Day weekend. It is usually harder to find RV parking sites that weekend anyway.

Probably will be several weeks before my next posting.

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