Sunday, April 4, 2021

Eldo has the Hitch Itch, Travelin' Time!

After spending many weeks in Texas, Eldo was ready to move! (and so was Sparky.) In the full time RVing scheme of things, RVers refer to "hitch itch" as the urge to get going and see some new areas and experience new things. We were blown out of Harlingen finally, (after going thru the Texas freeze and almost daily winds of 20-30 mph, and a slide out problem) then we headed to Spring to see Sparky's daughter and grandson and got some great quality time in there, so no surprise that all good things come to an end, and it was time to move on, and move we did!

Eldo used to not mind driving at all. He LOVED our Tiffin Phaeton motorhome that we used to have ten years ago, and for him a 400 mile day was a piece of cake.  Now that ten years have gone by, a 300 mile day with the fifth wheel would be about tops. Yet, he had the hitch itch pretty bad, so he drove 430 miles the first day out from our park in Spring, TX to Carriere, MS. Whew! Especially since there was construction after construction project on I-10 headed east. (And construction cement barrier after cement barriers on the sides only inches from the rig. THAT is an RVer's worst nightmare...Concrete barriers on the right and semis passing you on the left with concrete barriers on THEIR side.)

Clearwater Park in MS
We spent the night at Clearwater RV Park in Carriere MS. What a delightful park! Not the most big rig friendly, but we were guided into our spot which helped, because there was one tight turn in the mix. Ducks greeted us as we were setting up. Sparky thought that was delightful, Eldo not so much.

Beautiful park with azaleas blooming all over the place, and a paddlewheel mill turning creating a peaceful babbling brook sound. Many long term residents stay here, but there are also quite a few open spots for people passing through. Unfortunately, there are only two pull thru spots. Fortunately, we got one of them for the night and it was right by the pond. It's about 5 miles from I-59, so NO ROAD NOISE. What a peaceful place and we loved spending the night here. Note that the internet signal is terrible here.

he next morning, off we headed for Alabama, and our favorite Corps of Engineer park, Gunter Hill, a distance of about 289 miles. You'd think we would think twice about coming back here, because of the humongous tree limb that fell on our awnings and took both of them out back in August, but nope, here we are...We love this place. Sites are AMAZINGLY spacious in the Catoma loop, and tight and narrow in the Antioch loop. Here's a site bordering on the lake in the Catoma loop.

Campground is in the Alabama Lakes system, and part of the lake system is right in your backyard, practically. Beaucoup room between sites...Price is 15.00 a night with senior pass for FULL HOOKUPS. We had a campfire and although it was a cold spring night, Sparky just HAD to have a campfire!

An added bonus to this area is the excellent shopping and restaurants in a nearby town, but it's about 8-10 miles from Gunter Hill campground to the restaurant mecca of Prattsville. We LOVE Jim 'n' Nicks, a fantastic brisket/BBQ restaurant with the best little mini cheddar biscuits and sweet butter along with the brisket and pulled pork and potato salad with a little kick! 

Site 26 at Texas T Campground

And, back out on the road again...this time a drive of about 270 miles to TN, to a great overnight park stop, Texas T Campground, right off of I-65 in Cornersville, TN. And when Sparky says "right off I-65," it's RIGHT OFF I-65. The highway is right next to us at our site on 26. All pull thrus, which is nice, but the highway noise is not. Sites are gravel and level. ATT speeds for internet service are great. We stayed for two days and got a visit in with Eldy's daughter and grandson. Sparky likes to walk the county roads next to the park, and there is a beautiful little farm right next to the park. Sparky would have loved to have grown up on this farm as a child. It's got woods, rolling hills, this cool barn, and looks like a wonderful place to grow up or even be a grown up living there.
This is just the barn!

The countryside in Tennessee sure is pretty...Here's another farm Sparky walks by on her daily walks while staying at the Texas T park.

And, off we go again...this time we are heading for Cave City, KY, and much to Eldo's relief, we will be staying for three weeks at a Thousand Trails park called Diamond Caverns. We hope we like it well enough to stay three weeks. It's free with our membership, so we like that part for sure! We'll let you know what we think of the area and the park once we get there. Sparky is excited to be back in the Mammoth Cave area, and the temperatures are going to be perfect--highs in the 60's and 70's, and lows in the 40's and 50's.

We'll see you soon again.....Safe travels to our RVing friends who are following along with us, and blessings to our readers who are following us from home and near and far. We love sharing our experiences with you and thank you for reading!


  1. We're following along with you again and happy to do so! We always read your blog "before" the house, and even met you once up in the Elkhart area just when you were about to sell your Tiffin. We traveled half time then, spending summers at our lake house in NYS and moving around the west the rest of the year. We've just turned things up side down by selling the WNY home and moving to a winter base in Arizona. We'll continue our half time travel summers now. At any rate, it is good to find you again and we enjoy your travels!

  2. Plan to keep up with you. We will be heading north next Monday.