So here we go, the dust has settled, not really, it’s very dusty here in Texas. Where I left off was with the arrival of the ’97 Damon Intruder. The “new” RV. Graduating in a way to a motorhome. Moreso a necessity for our desired travels and the accompanying zoo.
Well I took a flight all the way into the deepfreeze called Flint, Michigan. Wow, I wish flights departing anywhere in Canada were at the same prices as the US. Good ol’ taxes. As it happens, on this mid-January day, it hit record lows for daily temperatures. A nice balmy -19 degrees. Go figure Cat didn’t go for that ride.
The Intruder got the cold start test, and amazingly it started after the third crank. The generator started right up and the heat slowly began to flow. Then the drive test… to Walmart. No prob, a little shaky getting used to a new rig, especially on snow laden roads. Alright, after getting everything sorted out and stocked with some supplies, I was off.
It was a very agonizing drive for the first 7 hours or so. Not that I was uncomfortable driving, it didn’t take long to catch the hang of it and how it responds. The problem was the road conditions. There was a winter storm approaching, and I wanted to get the heck out ahead of it. With wind and flurries already coming down, it was a very slow go. I was lucky to be going 40 miles/hour, and there were occasional standstills. Yikes, some drivers… these weren’t even bad roads yet, not like in PEI anyway!
At one point I was stopped for about 10 minutes as there was an accident up ahead. Then I immediately took appreciation of a Class A. I put it in park, went to the fridge, and fixed myself a sandwich. Oh, it’s worth it! After much too long of this crawling, I made it past Indianapolis, and conditions improved.
So first run out of the gate, I drove for 13 hours, the weather cost me about 4 hours of extra driving. After a sleep, I drove the rest of the route to Cocoa Beach. Not too shabby for the maiden voyage.
We were staying at Carver’s Cove park in Cocoa Beach, and the manager was gracious to let us park the Intruder right beside the Escalade, even though it wasn’t an actual site. And that’s when we get to the next chapter that we’ll touch on later. My parents and friends, Trevor and Kelly, and their son, arrived in Florida to camp it out, to take in the RV experience… It sure beats living out of a hotel room for 2 weeks.
I was surprised… all 5 of them stayed in the Intruder the entire time, and enjoyed it! I would have bet that my parents would venture off to a hotel after a night or 2. I think they would consider getting an RV themselves now.