The trip up to Wisconsin was uneventful. Google thought it should take 9 hours and 48 minutes to drive the 640ish miles from Coffeyville to Madison, so I figured it’d be 12 hours pulling the RV since I go a maximum of 60 mph, closer to 13 once food, bathroom, and gas stops were factored in.
I pulled out of Big Chief minutes before noon, and pulled up to Julie’s parents house in Madison minutes before midnight, making this my longest driving day to date. I opted not to stop for dinner at all and was awake enough the whole trip to not need caffeine, so extra bathroom breaks were not required. There were two quick stops for gas, between $50 and $55 both times, and that was it.
It wasn’t exactly fun, but also wasn’t as brutal as I thought it might be. Here’s a tip for all you potential RVers out there, think about the comfort of the seats for whichever motorhome or tow vehicle you want to buy. You’ll be in them for longer periods of time than normal commuters, and there’s nothing worse than a uncomfortable seat when you’re stuck in it for hours at a time. Bertha’s seat are more comfortable than the seats in any previous vehicle I have owned, and that made a huge difference in my mood during the drive.
Snow was first sighted on the ground around Kansas City, but it didn’t become what I would call significant snow until the sun was going down at Des Moines. Luck was with me, because the roads were clear the whole way. Even once I got up near Madison where a foot of snow had fallen just two days before. The back roads on the way to my destination for the night weren’t as well plowed, but that was just minutes of driving and not hours, so I’m okay with that. This picture was taken outside of Julie’s parents’ house in Madison, where I spent Saturday and Sunday night before driving the last two hours to Rapids on Christmas eve.
I’m waiting for my last check from Amazon on the 4th before I do my final review of the CamperForce experience, so that’s on the way. But first and most important on my list of things to do is get searching for my next gig, I’m hoping to have something lined up by the time I leave Wisconsin on the 7th or 8th. Then there is also the matter of my Annual Review to go over, and start planning what I want to do in 2013, but finding that first job is the first step.
Have a good weekend everyone!