Sunday, May 22, 2011

Joe and Vicki Update

We are on the road again! So far we have encountered extreme heat and wildfires in Texas, tornadoes in Arkansas, thunder and lightning storms in Missouri, and evacuation from a flooded campground in Arkansas. Along the way I replaced the kitchen faucet, a mobile RV tech replaced the washer/dryer and an RV dealer worked on the dash air conditioner. We took in some shows in Branson, MO and Pigeon Forge (Dollywood), Tennessee. Both towns, by the way, were remarkably uncrowded.

The highlight of our trip so far has been the 444 mile drive we took from Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN on the Natchez, Trace Parkway. 444 miles of nicely paved, two-lane highway through very scenic woods, meadows and farmland. The 50-mile-per-hour speed limit is strictly enforced, commercial traffic is prohibited, there are no stop signs or signal lights and the traffic is very light. And, there are three free campgrounds spaced along the way. Every RVer should experience this drive.

We have also really enjoyed visiting with RVing friends along the way.

Today we are in Myrtle Beach, SC. Coincidentally, thousands of motorcycle riders are also in Myrtle Beach. It is Bike Week. Lots of noise, bandannas, beards and tattoos. Ocean Lakes RV Park has set aside a parking area for motorcycles just inside the entrance to their RV Park. Motorcycles are not allowed in the campsite area. So the motorcycle campers park their bikes and then ride other transportation into the campground. Kinda like the cowboys checking their guns before entering town. By the way, they are all good neighbors. We have not seen any sign of rowdiness in the campground.

From here we will head north. Memorial Day with friends, Washington, DC with grandkids, 4th of July in New England with relatives and then the Maritime Provinces with Canadians. We’ll keep you posted.

Our seminar business is not what it used to be. The recession hit the RV industry hard and our seminars were easy to eliminate from the promotional budgets. We have adjusted by retiring from the seminar business.

Our book business has also changed. Since 90% of our book sales occurred at the end of our seminars we have allowed our paperback books to go out of print. All of our books, however were recently revised, updated and converted to e-books. They can be ordered on our website.

Our DVDs can still be ordered online. Most of our DVD customers take advantage of the two DVDs for $35.00 special.

Our monthly column RV Insight that has appeared in the Good Sam Club’s Highways magazine for the past 15 years has been canceled. The final column appeared in the May issue.
On the other hand we just submitted the first of our Life on the Road monthly columns to Motorhome magazine. Look for it in the September issue.

Finally, we are reverting back to the “whimsical irregularity” of this blog. Check in with us periodically to see what we are up to.

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