In my first two major trips with Gertie, I had mostly stayed at commercial campgrounds—I was lazy, and they somehow seemed easier to find. But I've found most commercial campgrounds crowded and unattractive, so on this third trip I was determined to boondock in state parks, and if possible, avoid the crowds. Starting my trip in mid-September after the tourist season was over would help.
My plan was to take three weeks and head west across the Catskills. The centerpiece of the trip would be a huge four day get-together of full-time RVers: the 37th Escapees RV Club "Escapade," to be held in northwestern Ohio.
Then I'd head east again to Pittsburgh and spend some time with my father, and finally visit my retired friend Nan in south central Pennsylvania before coming home to New Jersey.
I left New Jersey on Saturday, September 14th—a year to the day after I had started on my last big trip with Gertie. And this time I got off on schedule!
(As always, click on any of the small pictures in these pages to see a full-sized version.)