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RV, Chicago and beyond

May 14th

We dropped the RV back to Cruise America on Tuesday. The final tally was 4,412 miles, 7 States (Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota) and a heap of National Parks, National Monuments, State parks and a Native American hospital. Long story, all recovered now.

So how do we sum up the RV experience? Well 6 weeks was probably the ideal amount of time. We clearly did a lot of travel but only in the last week did we actually feel that the time on the road was starting to take its toll. Unfortunately for us our RV already had 82,000 miles before we left and this meant a number of small issues with things breaking and needing repair. We dropped it back with a list of 11 issues that needed to be rectified. For the inconvenience we were refunded 3 days rental. However the most difficult challenge was the cold weather and how cold it is IN the RV. Although we had a furnace, it couldn't be run for more than 7 hours before setting off an alarm. This therefore meant we didn't use it at all and of the 40 nights we were in the RV, I would say only 10 were above 0c (outside temperature) - a couple degrees colder in the RV. We slept in jackets and gloves more than once and awoke breathing 'frosties' on many mornings.

Currently we are sitting at Denver International Airport about to board a flight to Chicago, the Windy City. We have booked accommodation for 10 nights before departing to New York for 3 weeks. At this stage we will then be catching up with good friends to spend some time in Boston followed by New Hampshire.

This will then end our USA journey as we will be close to our maximum 6 month stay. Our plan is to travel through to Quebec City in Canada and spend 4 months in Canada with hopefully a return to the USA in mid October.

Stay tuned.

Posted by V3USA 11:33

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