On April 1st, 2020 I left Tucson, AZ and drove as fast as I could to Bridgewater, NH; my home base until November.
The total trip was around 2700 miles – which I accomplished in 5 days, driving 12 + hour days and only stopping for gas, dog walks, and sleeping – and I arrived in Bridgewater at 4:00pm on Sunday, April 5th.
I know many people thought I was nuts to travel during this pandemic, some might have even called it irresponsible, and even a few doomsayers swore I was headed to certain death… but, to be honest, I couldn’t think of a place I’d rather hunker down than in the middle of New Hampshire, especially considering how much I HATE the heat. Staying in Tucson was not an option.
I pretty much prepared for this trip like all the others I’ve done since I purchased my first RV in 2011 – with 1 exception.
I stocked up on enough food and water so I didn’t have to stop anywhere along the way for groceries. I also planned some overnight stops for my trip using boondockerswelcome.com and a friend introduced me to the iExit app, which was extremely helpful knowing where all the rest areas were.
That 1 exception? I carried a box of disposable gloves that my sister had bought years ago. The gloves were worn every time I needed gas, which was way too often. My Toyota Tacoma only has a 21 gallon gas tank and, because I was going faster than I normally do, my gas mileage sucked! 6-8 MPG meant I had to fill up every 130-150 miles.
My 2 – 5 gallon gas cans came in handy too – especially when I ran out of gas driving through southwest Kansas. LOL! The headwinds were brutal! (I definitely do NOT recommend US Route 54.)
The best part of the trip was that I didn’t have to deal with traffic in any of the big cities. There were still plenty of truck drivers (A BIG thanks to all the truck drivers who continue to get supplies to where they are needed!) but I made it through places like Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Columbus and Cleveland (and in some cases during normal rush hour times) with an amazing ease.
So here’s the breakdown of my trip…
Night 1 was spent in Tucumcari, NM at a Denny’s restaurant along with a dozen other RVers. It was sandwiched between truck stops and incredibly noisy so sleep was difficult to impossible.
Night 2 was spent in Topeka, Kansas. The owner was super nice and helped me fix a loose anti-sway hitch bracket. It was blissfully quiet and very pretty. Here’s the view from the backyard.
Night 3 was in Poland, Indiana. Another super nice owner, lovely property, and another blissfully quiet night. Teddy even got a chance to get out and smell the flowers with Clair, the St. Bernard, and the horses.
Night 4 was in a scenic overlook in upper state NY. Scenic overlooks don’t have facilities and so I had this place 100% to myself… not to mention the whole state was a bit like a ghost town.
I didn’t run into any troubles crossing state boarders – maybe because I had Arizona plates? Either way, it was an exhausting trip and I’m so glad to be back in NH. I always love the spring and fall here and I know Teddy is looking forward to a LOT of hiking!