So 99.99% of the people I meet on the road every day are some of the nicest, warmest, most caring people I have ever met. Well, I just met the other .01%.
It started when I temporarily double-parked the Airstream on a street next to Hamilton Lake in Indiana. I checked with all the neighbors and everyone was totally cool with it parked, so I left it. It turned out it was cool with everyone – everyone except the one guy whose driveway was partially blocked by me. He came home absolutely blotto drunk and mad as hell that some “camper” was blocking his driveway. I believe his exact words were, “Move your *bleep* camper to a *bleep* campground where it belongs, or I’ll kick your *bleep* *bleep* *bleep*.” Apparently I wasn’t running quickly enough to move the Airstream, so he charged at me, chest bumped me, and yelled a whole slew of new vocabulary at me. It wasn’t until the other neighbors came out that he finally calmed down and let me move the ten feet to give him enough clearance to park. So, to you, kind sir, congratulations on making it to my blog. If only I could have snapped a photo of your svelte 300 pound frame to save for posterity. Aaah, good times!
The rest of the holiday weekend was absolutely perfect; tons of golf, sunshine, boating, grilling, and even a chance to try the new kayak. Thank you, Dan and Phyllis, and all the neighbors who let me use your water, electricity, and laundry! I will be back. And, Halle, don’t worry, there are no marriage plans in my immediate future!Read More
I spent the last two nights at Pokagon State Park in the northeastern corner of Indiana. Although the camp sites themselves only offer basic electricity, the rest of the park has plenty of activities and facilities (e.g. bike trails, fishing, hiking, horses, toboggan run, etc.). Who doesn’t like a good ol’ toboggan run? For state parks in the Midwest, this is a good one. I spent many, many hours at the Potawatomi Inn because of the free Wi-Fi. AT&T and Sprint aren’t doing so well out here.
I learned another valuable lesson on the first night here – don’t be an idiot. I got in late, somehow found my camp site, and tried repeatedly to find a half-way level patch of ground. During this process, I put one stabilizer down at some point, forgot about it, moved forward a few feet, and ripped the front stabilizer right off the bottom of the Airstream. So, I had to go “shave big monkeys” at Menard’s [listen to the commercial in your head] and get some more tools to patch things up temporarily. Fun, fun!
Luckily, the rest of the stay went much better. I cooked some steaks and burgers for the first time on the new grill and got to work from a scenic location! Here are some photos:
Well, I successfully made it from Chicago to New Haven, CT! After one denial to stay at a Wal-Mart parking lot (the toothless workers freaked me out anyway), one night in a rest stop off I-84 (right next to the State Police), and one night in a park surrounded by mobile homes (again, toothless neighbors), I am so glad to finally have a quiet and scenic spot at Hammonasset Beach State Park. This is my first self-sufficient multi-night stay (i.e. no electric hookup, no city water, and no sewer). It will be a great test to see how long the tanks and batteries will last! Another little test was the drive right through the middle of the Appalachians of Pennsylvania and New York. I am relieved that the Touareg handled it all just fine. I think I may have even passed a few people heading up some of the steep grades. Next test – the Rockies!
I will have to make it back this area when I don’t have such a tight schedule. Downtown New Haven (and Yale University) has a really cool vibe. And I may have just found my next place to live; the idyllic town of Madison, CT (where I finally had a chance to find a barber).
The only good photos I took were right outside my front window at Hammonasset Beach State Park. Apparently an annual Kite Fest was held the weekend I stayed.