Snowbird Journey Complete – New Port Richey, FL to The Adirondack Mountains

Part 2 of our Snowbird Trip North – Indianapolis, IN to Lewis, NY and The Adirondack Mountains is complete. It totaled 25 days and 2,819 miles from New Port Richey, FL to Lewis, NY Gateway to The Adirondacks, Canada and New England.

We have trip reports from the 10 campground stopovers.  There is a summary with costs at the final stopover and additional trip photos on our Pinterest page at https://www.pinterest.com/snowbirdrvtrail/spring-2016-snowbird-trip-north/.

Part I – New Port Richey, Florida to Indianapolis, Indiana
17 days, five campgrounds and 1,034 miles. Photos, costs, links to our Day Trips and other information about the trip and stopovers on the following pages on our website:

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Interstate Rest Areas List on I-75, I-64 and I-65 in Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee.
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/northboundi75restareas.htm

Stopover #1 – Lake Park, Georgia (221 miles)
Eagles Roost RV Resort $32.
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/2016rvtripnorthday1and2.htm

Highlights: Good food and a visit to three local campgrounds.
https://snowbirdrvtrails.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/on-the-rv-road-again-new-port-richey-florida-to-the-northeast/

Stopover #2 – Perry, Georgia (131 miles)
*Fair Harbor RV Park – PA $19.50-24.50
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/fairharborrvpark.htm
* Passport America Campground

Highlights: Memorial Day trip to Andersonville – The Prison – The National Cemetery – The National Prisoner of War Museum.
https://snowbirdrvtrails.wordpress.com/2016/06/03/day-trip-to-andersonville-national-historic-site/
Previous 2013 Visit: https://snowbirdrvtrails.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/2013-trip-south-days-20-21-perry-georgia/

Stopover #3 – Chattanooga, Tennessee (221 miles)
Holiday Travel Park $39.
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/holidaytravelpark.htm

Highlights: The International Towing & Recovery Museum and The Southern Belle. More good food!
https://snowbirdrvtrails.wordpress.com/2016/06/06/stopover-chattanooga-tennessee/

Previous Visit: https://snowbirdrvtrails.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/2013-fall-trip-south-days-18-19-chattanooga-tennessee/

Stopover #4 – Mount Vernon, Kentucky (222 miles)
*Renfro Valley Creekside Campground $14.50-$19.
* Passport America Campground
Highlights: Pics and Southern BBQ.
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/renfrovalleyrvpark.htm
Previous Visit: https://snowbirdrvtrails.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/2013-fall-trip-south-days-16-17-renfro-valley-kentucky/

Stopover #5- Indianapolis, Indiana (239 miles)
Lake Haven Retreat
Highlights: Three museums and what else but more good food.
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/lakehavenretreat.htm

Total: 1,034 Miles
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Part II – Indianapolis, Indiana to The Adirondack Mountains
REST AREAS
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/northboundi70toi87restareas.htm.

Stop #6 Marengo, Ohio (213 miles)
Cardinal Center Campground $35
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/cardinalcentercampground.htm

Highlights: We found Waldo and Johnny Appleseed and a President –
It was a good day!
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Stop #7 Conneaut, Ohio (210 miles)
*Evergreen Lake Park Campground $22
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/evergreenlakepark.htm
* Passport America Campground

Highlights: Covered Bridges, Beef & Beer.

Stop #8 Campbell, NY (200 miles)
*Camp Bell Campground $16
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/campbell.htm
* Passport America Campground

Highlights: Corning Museum of Glass, Fingerlakes Wine Trail.

Stop #9 Oswego, NY (157 miles)
*Susquehanna Trail Campground $25
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/susquehanna.htm
* Passport America Campground.
Nice owner, good rate, convenient stopover on I-88.

Stop #10 Lewis, NY (205 miles)
*Magic Pines Campground $15
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/magicpines.htm
* Passport America Campground.
Gateway to The Adirondacks, Canada and New England.

Part Two Total: 985 Miles

As always we invite your comments and questions,
Jack & Niki
and our furry kids
snowbirdrvtrails@gmail.com

 

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We found Waldo and Johnny Appleseed and a President – It was a good day!

Exploring America in and around Marengo, Ohio!

When we stopover for a couple of nights at a campground, we always ask about any favorite local Mom & Pop restaurants and also what the locals like to show off proudly to  their family and friends when they come to visit.

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When we stopped at our current location in Marengo, Ohio those questions were met at check-in with thoughtful silence and then we were finally told that this is farming country and there really wasn’t anything worth seeing or even any special restaurant for that matter. Niki and I aren’t known for taking “No” or “can’t” for an answer so we set the trailer up and headed South down the country road to see what there was to see. Well, our hostess was correct; there certainly are miles of farm land to be seen. After about 10 miles we were ready to give up when we came upon a small village with an honest to goodness village square that Northeasters would be proud of. Things were looking up!

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On the Square – Sunbury, Ohio

As we went around the square we saw one side of the square was filled with cars. Almost all parking spaces were occupied. What are we missing here? Scanning the row of businesses we spotted an insurance agency, a real estate agency, a pizza parlor and a Chinese restaurant. However the comings and goings seemed to be centered on The Firehouse Tavern!

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The Firehouse Tavern – Sunbury, Ohio

We are not normally tavern frequenters but The Firehouse Tavern is where it’s happening in Sunbury, Ohio (population: 4,715). The place was packed but we did find a table. The decor was definitely early firehouse with the wall photos, flags and uniforms along one wall. Monday is kids eat free night so there was a goodly quantity of tykes and parents. The place had a sports bar country feel to it – loud and a hometown happy place. The servers were cheerful and welcoming and the food was very good. Niki had a Greek salad plate. I had the house special mac and cheese with a couple of sides and we shared a slice of chocolate cake for dessert.

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Johnny Appleseed on the Town Square

After leaving the restaurant I decided to give the Town Square a closer look and found Johnny Appleseed on the lawn near the county building. Apparently Johnny would pass through the area nearly every year to check on and tend to any apple trees he had planted.

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We found Waldo!

The next day we decided to follow the road North and visit Marion, Ohio. On the way we found “Waldo”. I doubt if the townspeople in Waldo, Ohio ever really noticed it was missing.

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Warren G. Harding Home in Marion. Ohio

Marion,  Ohio is where Warren G. Harding lived with wife Florence for 30 years before becoming our 29th President in 1920. During the three month Republican campaign over 600,000 people – including movie stars and pro baseball players – visited the front porch portico to hear speeches speeches, for photo opps and newsreel filming. The building at right, rear was “The Press House” built as office space for newsmen of the time from all over the Country.

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Mobile Voting Booth

Also on the property is an example of a Mobile Voting Booth used on Midwest election days from 1880 – 1930.

After President Harding’s death, his wife willed ownership of their home and contents to the Harding Memorial Association. The home, as a museum, opened in 1926 until today. Unfortunately, the home is closed on Tuesdays – when we were there and we could only see the outside.

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A short way from the home is the circular marble memorial located on 10 manicured acres where President Harding and his wife are buried. Though Harding was very popular when he died by the time the Memorial was finished his shenanigans had made him very unpopular and they had a hard time finding a dignitary to dedicate it. Finally, it is said that President Hoover gave in and did the dedication.

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We had lunch at Pesto Quick Italian in Marion, which we found through some good reviews on the Net. We weren’t disappointed. They put together pasta bowls with toppings you choose, much like they do subs at Subway. Mine was a sausage pasta bowl with half marinara and half Alfredo with sausage, peppers, onions and sun-dried tomatoes. Niki chose a carbonara bowl and a small bowl of Italian Wedding soup. Thumbs up on all from both of us.

Who says there is nothing to see or do around Marengo, Ohio? There is always something either just down the road or around the next corner that’s worth your time for a visit – it’s America.

On the RV road with Niki, Jack and our Furry Kids

New Port Richey, Florida to Indianapolis, Indiana- A Snowbird Adventure

2016 Spring Snowbird RV Trip North –
New Port Richey, FL to New England via Indianapolis
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Part I – New Port Richey, Florida to Indianapolis, Indiana
is now complete. 17 days, five campgrounds and 1,034 miles. Photos, costs, links to our Day Trips and other information about the trip and stopovers on the following pages on our website.

Interstate Rest Areas List on I-75, I-64 and I-65 in Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee.
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/northboundi75restareas.htm

Stopover #1 – Lake Park, Georgia (221 miles)
Eagles Roost RV Resort
Highlights: Good food and a visit to three local campgrounds.
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/2016rvtripnorthday1and2.htm

Stopover #2 – Perry, Georgia (131 miles)
Fair Harbor RV Park
Highlights: Memorial Day trip to Andersonville – The Prison – The National Cemetery – The National Prisoner of War Museum.
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/fairharborrvpark.htm

Stopover #3 – Chattanooga, Tennessee (221 miles)
Holiday Travel Park
Highlights: The International Towing & Recovery Museum and The Southern Belle. More good food!
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/holidaytravelpark.htm

Stopover #4 – Mount Vernon, Kentucky (222 miles)
Renfro Valley Creekside Campground
Highlights: Pics and BBQ.
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/renfrovalleyrvpark.htm

Stopover #5- Indianapolis, Indiana (239 miles)
Lake Haven Retreat
Highlights: Three museums and what else but more good food?
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/lakehavenretreat.htm

Part II Begins – Indianapolis, Indiana to the Adirondack Mountains and New England
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We’ll keep you posted. Questions and comments
are always welcome. We are snowbirdrvtrails.com,

Niki, Jack, K.C., B.B. and Stanley

Stopover: Chattanooga, Tennessee

CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE – Interesting places we visited on our two night stopover at
Holiday Travel Park, 1709 S Mack Smith Road (I-75, TN Exit 1B)
A nice, neat campground for RVers as well as tenters passing through. The staff is personable, the prices fair and it’s easy off/on I-75. It’s also built on a Civil War battlefield with a marker to prove it.
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Holiday Travel Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee
The RV Park is actually where an Indiana Regiment bivouacked before some fierce fighting on Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge back in 1863. There is a path to the stone marker proclaiming such within the Park. More formation about Holiday at our
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/holidaytravelpark.htm

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Jenkins Buffet, 4134 Ringgold Road
Fried chicken, ham, chopped steak and a great selection of all the Southern style veggies like boiled cabbage, fried okra, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, field, green and black-eyed peas, shoepeg corn and homemade salads you’ve been craving. Save some room for the dessert table! Website: http:// .jenkinsbuffet.com/

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The International Towing & Recovery Museum, 3315 Broad Street
Who knew that Chattanooga was the Mecca for all the guys and gals who pull us out of the troubles we get into along life’s roadways. They have 15 wreckers on display from the earliest to the mammoth truck that could  easily handle 70 tons (only four ever built!). We also found the wrecker that set a World’s record for speed and even one of the big green monsters that followed our guys to the Front in WWII. They also have hundreds of old and newer toy trucks.

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Some big, bad towing machines at the International Towing & Recovery Museum!

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The Wall of the Fallen at the International Towing & Recovery Museum….
Remembering those who have lost their lives doing their jobs.

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There is a Wall of Fame….
inside the Museum honoring new inductees each year from around the World.

Both are very nice tributes to the industry.

I found the Museum interesting for a one time visit. It’s more a guy thing and kids would love it, as well as anyone interested in history, trucks and things mechanical.

Niki was not so excited by it?

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The Southern Belle, 201 Riverfront Parkway
A Tennessee River paddle boat with a beer & burger grill open on the third deck.

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The Southern Belle dockside on the Tennessee River

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Traffic on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Sara Lee Bakery Outlet Store (conveniently located across from Holiday Travel Park) was hard to miss so it made it a must! They have a great assortment of breads, cookies and all kinds of chocolate and other fortifying snacks at good prices.

Oh, and there are also several roadway tunnels under Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga which are a hoot to drive through – but be sure to leave the RV elsewhere!

Exploring America and having fun-
from the road,
Jack, Niki, K.C. & B.B.
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This trip started on Day 1 –
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/2016rvtripnorthday1and2.htm

Day Trip to Anderson National Historic Site….

Andersonville – National Prisoner of War Museum

American POWs from the Revolutionary War to today.
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Former prisoners of war partnered with the Andersonville National Historic Site to create and develop the National Prisoner of War Museum, the only museum solely dedicated to interpreting the American prisoner of war experience. The National Prisoner of War Museum is dedicated to all prisoners of war in America’s past who have served their country with dignity and distinction, so that current and future generations will be inspired by their service and sacrifice.

The museum has many exhibits and displays as well as people to answer questions and explain more about the history. Many former prisoners have contributed notes. clothing and other artifacts.

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Day Trip to Andersonville National Historic Site

Andersonville – The Prison
Niki and I spent Memorial Day 2016 at the Andersonville Historic Site in Georgia. It is composed of three main sections: Andersonville Prison, The National Prisoner of War Museum and the Andersonville National Cemetery.

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For those who may not know, Andersonville Prison was a Confederate Prison in Georgia.
Almost 45,000 Union soldiers were held prisoner at Camp Sumter, known as Andersonville, in 14 months. Nearly 13,000 died there. Conditions were deplorable with little food, a small swampy and contaminated water source and the most unsanitary conditions. Space was such that each individual had only the space of his extended arms.

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The enormity of this cruelty hits home when standing on the site itself. The first photo shows the plot of land looking South. This Northern end of the compound has numerous monuments erected by the States that had many prisoners who were incarcerated there and many who died there. The tree with the fence shows one of several places the inmates tried tunneling out. None ever escaped by tunnels. They either caved in or were turned in by snitches among the prisoners.

The outermost white stake indicates the placement of the main wall while the inside stake marked an approximate 19′ “dead man’s zone” surrounding the camp where any prisoner would be shot without question or warning if he tried to approach the wall. There were 52 guard towers around the wall.
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This second photo shows the camp looking toward the North. The stockade in the upper right corner marks the Northeast corner of the camp while the stone column (lower left) shows the Southwestern corner. The uncut area is the swampy area that was the tainted water source as well as the main lavatory.

Can you picture thousands of men in this small area?

The Northwest corner has several memorials.
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Memorial Day at Andersonville

Memorial Day 2016
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Niki and I were fortunate to spend a few hours at the Andersonville (Georgia) National Historic Site today. The Site’s 516 acres includes the infamous Andersonville Prison from the Civil War, arguably the most inhumane prison this country has ever seen, the National Prisoner of War Museum and the Andersonville National Cemetery with 13,714 graves. Through the efforts of countless volunteers, all graves held an American Flag this Memorial Day. Tomorrow the flags will be removed. This is a most thought provoking site that gives one great cause to reflect on man’s inhumanity to his fellow man. We shall have more photos of the three main sections found at Andersonville in future posts.
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