We left Washington, D.C. Saturday morning for a trip of a little under 500 miles to Gaffney, SC. Now 500 miles is much too long a drive for any sane person, so we stopped for the night in Salem, VA. We have stayed in the Wal-Mart there many times and know that it is quiet, there is a nice Applebee’s across the street, and (you guessed it) a Starbucks is withing walking distance.
With the time change that night, we were up extra early the next morning and on the road a bit after 7:00 AM! The leaves are just ending their most colorful phase in this area, so the drive down the interstate presented some nice views as we drove through Virginia and North Carolina.
We pulled into the Freightliner Service Center in Gaffney around noon and quickly set up for the night. Many motorhomes similar to ours are built on the same chassis, made by Freightliner at their plant here in Gaffney. Since they build them here, it seems sensible to come here to have any service completed at their service facility here.
Behind the service facility Freighliner provides overnight parking with electricity. When we arrived the lot was fairly empty, but by dark it was almost full as coaches scheduled for service the next day pulled in.
Today our coach goes into the spa for a full body treatment. Besides a massage and facial (John did that yesterday with a waterless cleaner) she’ll have all fluids changed (engine and generator), the alignment checked, and a few other adjustments. When your home is in the garage it means that you need to find something to do for the day. We’ve been here in Gaffney a few times before, so we’ve seen most of the sights (Limestone College, the Revolutionary War battlefield at Cowpens, etc.) so we’ll spend the day doing some shopping in nearby Spartanburg, and of course, visiting the local Starbucks.
Unless they find something on the motorhome requiring another day in the garage, we’ll be off first thing tomorrow to Myrtle Beach for some time in the sun (hopefully) and a visit with motorhome friends Dave and Sue and Mona Liza and Steve. Both couples are staying in the same park as us.
More on that later . . .