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RV itinerary vs. Covid

c0481846-wuhan_novel_coronavirus_illustration-splIn a day of travel we transitioned from mid-Summer into early Spring. Central Florida temperatures were already reaching the steamy 90’s when we left for Jones Station RV park near Greensboro, NC.  (As mentioned previously, we cancelled our first planned Northeast tour stop in Hilton Head Island, to head directly here for a month.) The weather is glorious with brisk nights and sunny warm days. Bushes are in colorful bloom and trees are clothed in young bright-green leaves.

A simple change of scenery has provided us a mental and emotional boost. Most everything was closed down in Central Florida, including parks and trails. Here, recreation areas are mostly open for hiking and biking, including our favorite trail system. Truth be told, as much as I loved our wintering spot, even before the virus shut-down we were starting to get hitch-itch. A break into routine was welcome, but we were more than ready to begin traveling again.

We were able to (sort of) visit Sean and Marissa. We had a package to pick up from their place (and had some things to give them), so we headed over there last Sunday afternoon. Jeff and Sean saddled up to hit the nearby mountain bike trails while I walked the greenway. Since they are at a much higher risk for virus exposure than us, we maintained the proper “social distancing”. We didn’t go into their apartment. We chatted outside in the parking lot for a bit, separated by the requisite 6 feet or more. It was so sad not to be able to give my kids a hug and really spend time with them.

This isn’t a bad place to self-isolate. We’re in a small, quiet campground in a rural area. Folks here are friendly enough, but maintaining their distance. The campground office is closed to campers — all interactions are by telephone. Many campgrounds have also closed all amenities, but fortunately this bath house remains open. (Our currently-malfunctioning shower only provides a lukewarm trickle, OK in a pinch, but not desirable to rely on.) We endeavor to get out every day into nature to hike or bike. The rest of the time is spent doing bus chores, working, crafting, and keeping up with the news coverage. Trips to the store are few and we are careful. I even sewed cloth face coverings to have handy.

We are truly fortunate. We are healthy, with no “underlying health conditions”. Our financial situation is unaffected by the virus disruption. We can self isolate, hopefully avoiding Covid-19 infection until either an effective treatment or a vaccine is available. We can flex our travel plans as the situation warrants, and can afford to go to any RV park with availability. At worst, we are mildly inconvenienced. We are some of the lucky ones.

Looking ahead, we’ve had to make further adjustments to our itinerary. Colonial Williamsburg is closed, so no reason to go there. The RV park near Washington DC is not accepting new check-ins. Our current RV park is fully booked, so we can’t stay here. After researching a variety of options, we identified and reserved a site at an RV park in Pigeon Forge. That will buy us 3 more weeks in familiar territory as we wait out the various “stay at home” orders. Hopefully after that we can rejoin our scheduled itinerary already in progress.

If not, we’ll figure something else out.

Stay well, my friends!

Campground Review: Jones Station, Mebane, NC

012Campground Review Summary

  • Name: Jones Station RV Park
  • Dates of stay: September 23 – October 20, 2019
  • Location: 2710 Jones Drive, Mebane, NC 27302
  • Type of campground: Private / Independent
  • Cost: $18/night (monthly rate)
  • Additional fees: metered electric
  • Stay limit: none
  • Accepts mail / packages: yes
  • Cell reception: ATT fair to good
  • Website: www.jonesstationrvpark.com
  • Pros: Affordable, new, big-rig friendly, quiet
  • Cons: no-frills, not the best location for us

Full Review

Our son lives in Greensboro, so we wanted to find a suitably nice campground as close to him as possible. The pickins’ are slim around Greensboro – either small/older campgrounds that can’t accommodate our size, or campgrounds with dubious ratings. Jones Station RV Resort is 45 minutes out from Greensboro – not an ideal location for us, but perfectly suitable in every other respect.

Jones Station is almost brand new, only a couple of years old. It was laid out with big rigs in mind — equipped with wide internal gravel roads, ample turning radius, and long pull through gravel sites. (Some sites are shorter and back-in). The campgrounds terrain is a bit rolling, our site in the back was reasonably level, but some of those in the front appeared to be less so. Your mileage may vary.

Our gravel pull-through site was quite long, easily fitting our bus, toad and motorcycle. The newly installed 50 amp electric, water and sewer hookups worked flawlessly. Our site was open and satellite-friendly, although many other sites are wooded. The park did not offer cable, but quite a few over the air channels are available. The park ostensibly offered wifi, but we never got it work at our site way in the back.

Being a new park, the bath house was also new, nice and clean. Other amenities included a picnic shelter and small playground. Overall, the facilities were immaculately kept. Even though clearly some of the residents are long term, their sites were tidy and maintained. Shopping, including a Wal-Mart, a Tanger outlet mall, and a fantastic meat market, are just minutes away.

Here are the pluses:  The park is just so darned affordable. The $500 per month rate (plus electric) averages to less than $20/day. Our site was large and perfectly functional. The bath house is nice, the park is pretty and quiet, and the people friendly.

The minuses: There’s no fancy amenities here if that’s what you want – no pool, hot tub, or game room. The freshly laid gravel is loose in spots, making for tricky motorcycling.

BUT, for us it’s the best option available. We’ve already booked a return stay in April.

Bottom Line: New, affordable, no-frills RV park. We’ll be back.