Time to document our fall 2022 travels! We met up with fellow full-time RVers and stay put for weeks at a time when our Jeep completely conks out on us!
From the Washington DC area, we traveled Southwest to Asheville, North Carolina, to meet up with fellow full-time RVers for Camp Carpedeium, and then on to Knoxville, Tennessee. Since the Jeep issues continued and became worse, we do not have much to share. We are combining the fall into a single post. We also made our way to Winter Garden Florida through Georgia, staying overnight at a Harvest Host for a night.
Asheville, North Carolina
Dates: October 14 - 24, 2022
Site: 38* (53?)
* which site number depends on what version of their map you look at.
We met up with fellow full-time RVers that are transplants from other RV-related events we have met over time. We met up with those old-time friends and made new ones at the 2022 Camp Carpedium event in Asheville. The event focused on mountain biking, with Jason trying for the first time this fall, hiking, and local breweries. The event was centered around Rutledge Lake RV Park, located Southeast of Asheville, between 20 and 60 minutes of travel time depending on traffic.
Dates: October 24 - November 17, 2022
North of Knoxville is Raccoon Valey, and just West of I-75 about a mile is the Escapee’s Racoon Valley RV Park. We have stayed here several times before and it has been a comfortable “home” for us in this area.
The Jeep had been throwing codes since we left Wisconsin. When we were in the DC area we had hoped we had identified and resolved the problem, but it got much worse. The Jeep started to misfire and went into full limp mode, so we ultimately were forced to park the Jeep for a couple of weeks. Fortunately, the park is in Instacart and Door Dash delivery territory so we could get the staples. We did relocate with the motorhome for a weekend to meet up with a friend for some Jeeping at Windrock, but our Rubicon had to sit on the sidelines and watch.
A suitable replacement for the midwest Pizza Rach is the Pizza Inn in Knoxville. A buffet-style pizza “joint” with unusual combinations because they take guest requests. The pumpkin dessert pizza was absolutely decadent.
We headed North of the campground on I-75 about 10 miles and had some pretty decent BBQ at a golf course in a state park at Rickard Ridge BBQ!
Lane Southern Orchards
Dates: November 17, 2022
This will probably be a repeat stay for us when traveling from Knoxville to Winter Garden, Florida. This is a great Harvest Hosts site, with plenty of space and good stuff to buy. We took the “west” route around the Smokey Mountains down through Chattanooga. We left at 8 AM from Knoxville and arrived in Fort Valley, Georgia, at Lane Southern Orchards by mid-afternoon. The next day we left before sunrise and were in Winter Garden by mid-afternoon again. The frozen peach cobbler was the best! We were surprised the syrups and jams lacked any strong peach flavor.