End Notes, touring the US in a teardrop travel trailer, California to Florida, the old South and back!


Cheapest gas, $1.99 in Texas; we averaged about $2.25 per gallon on trip; highest price was return to western AZ and CA, well over $3.40/gallon. Ouch.

Gourmet meal, Catfish, bacon and Caesar salad at St. George Island Campground, FL.
Our Scotty teardrop in front of the Confederate Powderworks, Augusta, GA.
Susan, catching up on her reading in our Scotty teardrop, in a campground in Alabama.

[This is a fifth installment of series on our trip across the US]

My spouse and I just completed a 30 day cross-country tour, from California to Florida and the old South, and back, with a 4’ X 4’ X 8’ teardrop travel trailer.  Several readers have asked “what did your spouse think of crossing the US in a tiny camper?”, so, I asked.  Here are Susan’s comments:

“We got to see a lot of places in the country that I wouldn’t get to see otherwise!  Campgrounds were gorgeous, we were able to live near nature, beside the ocean and hear the birds, see the animals (and the alligators in FL), something you would not see if you were in a hotel or motel room.

It was it nice to get a few nights with friends or at motels; it was nice now and then to get a shower and a real bed and stay with friends; but almost every campground we stayed in was clean, picturesque and had showers at the campground.

We met lots of helpful people who give us insight on where to go and want to see; and routes to take to get there.  Some of the friendliest people we met in years reside in the old South. And the starry skies from many of these remote campgrounds were spectacular.  As were many sunrises and sunsets!”.

Would you do it again?  “Most certainly”, she quickly responds!

Several others asked how much we spent, and how it matched to our budget of $2,000. 

Here is our actual spending recap:
• 30 days on road
• 7638 miles@26 miles per gallon = 279 gallons, X $2.25 = $626 in gasoline
• Seven motels, $511
• 14 paid camp grounds, $291
• 7 nights with family/friends
• One free camp night, National Forest outside Grand Canyon
• One Love Truck Stop night, no charge
• Splurges – luxury meals, tours like air boat, plantation tours, snacks, et al, $650
Total, $2,078.

And a few notes on “Favorites”:

Campgrounds: Fort McAllister State Park, GA, St. George Island, FL, Edisto SP, S. CA, Big Bend National Park, TX

Don’t miss sights: St. Augustine’s old fortress, old antebellum towns of both Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, SC, Bourbon Street in New Orleans, River Walk in San Antonio, Beale Street in Memphis, Confederate Powderworks, outside Augusta, GA, Big Bend National Park, TX, Everglades National Park and boat ride to see alligators in the Everglades, FL.

Unplanned side trips: Old Rte. 66, particularly in Oklahoma and AZ. The old town of Apalachicola, FL and S. Carolina coastal wandering.

We are now back into California, entering through the Mohave Desert; seeing surprises which included Joshua trees, as one nears Barstow.  In a few days, we are returning for three days in CA’s Anzo Borrega Desert, then onto a luxury week at our Marriott timeshare in Newport Beach, CA. 

It’s nice to be home, even if the route through CA to Stockton remains bone-dry!

Futures trip plans we hatched on the trip:

• Complete our exploration of old Rte. 66, Chicago to Santa Monica, CA, the “Mother Road”.

• Take another coast to coast trip; California to New England, up to Maine, across to Quebec City and Nova Scotia, and stop in old Ohio, my home state – need 45 to 60 days, perhaps Fall, 2016!

For additional travel destination inspiration, see my blog: http://blogs.eSanJoaquin.com/Valley travel; to contact me, tviall@msn.com. 

Happy travels in the west!

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