We took the circumferential highway around the city, much to the chagrin of our new RV navigation software from Rand McNally. I had decided on this app for our iPads because it was specifically written for RVs and I had hoped that it would at least give us an alternative route other than the straightest route through the center of DC. When I overrode that it kept trying to route us along surface streets to reconnect to the inner city route. Later as we were approaching the bridge over the Potomac it routed me on the local branch of 495, instead of taking the express with many fewer exits. Our 30 year old RV is not fast. As we've been migrating south I have been going 55mph on the Interstate, where the speed limit is often 70mph. Being 56 feet long I'm often trapped in the slow lane by passing traffic when people want to merge onto the highway. So, a barely passing grade for the Rand McNally RV navigation app, I hope they will improve it as time goes along.
It was a pleasant day of traveling, I navigated our bus up and down the hills, going 55 in the right lane of I95 and Lucie sat next to me correcting on line projects that her grad students had done. As it got dark we looked ahead using an iPad app called Allstays that listed truck stops, Walmarts and Cracker Barrel restaurants that allowed RVs to park overnight. A Walmart a little south of Fayettville N. Carolina looked promising and Lucie called ahead and confirmed that they allowed RVs to park over night. After checking in with the parking lot security we settled in for a good night's sleep between an 18 wheeler and several other RVs.
Our RV has good curtains so it stays dark inside and it is very easy to be lazy and sleep in, which is what we did the next morning. After we got up we went into the Walmart and stocked up on groceries, finally hitting the road just before lunch time. We got to our current campground, Huntington Beach Stat Park, just south of Myrtle Beach S. Carolina in the early afternoon, picked out our site and settled in. Then as the sun was going down we went for a walk on the beach and watched the full moon rise over the Atlantic Ocean.
We've decided that we will hang out here for a week then take a couple of days to complete our journey to Cedar Key in Florida where we have a campground reservation for most of the month of December.