Kentucky

Shelbyville, Kentucky Visitor Center

We arrived in Kentucky at our campground, Guist Creek Marina and Campground on Monday night. We knew they’d be closed but they said we just had to find site 21 and check in the next day. Yes, we promised our family we would not travel at night, but we were almost there and wanted to get settled instead of staying in another parking lot for the night. Well, let’s just say it wasn’t quite that easy. There are mostly seasonal campers at the marina and the signage they have is less than adequate. We drove around a little bit in the pitch black. We were waiting to hear banjo music. YIKES! We decided to leave and come back in the morning. We ended up staying in the local Walmart parking lot.

The next morning it was much easier to find where we needed to go. The check in was uneventful and we got all set up.  Later, we made a trip into the little town of Shelbyville. We stopped into the Shelbyville, KY Visitor Center.  We were greeted there with a very warm welcome.  The best question asked was, “So, what brings y’all to Kentucky?” We both looked at each other and said, “Good Question?” and had a laugh.  

The girl provided us with a ton of information to help our stay here be enjoyable. She mentioned a restaurant called Claudia Sanders Dinner House. She added “Yes, the Colonel’s wife” and we both had a light bulb moment. Ooooohhhhhh right…. we’re in Kentucky, Colonel Sanders, duh! Claudia Sanders Dinner House is the real original recipe, not the one at KFC. There is lots to do here, especially if you’re a bourbon fan. 

Across the street from our campground is Bulleit Distillery. We went over for our first ever bourbon tour. We were not sure of what the difference between whiskey and bourbon was. Our wonderful tour guide gave us detail, the law says, to be bourbon there must be more than 51% of corn in the process. There are other factors as well, but that’s the main thing.

We enjoyed out first bourbon tour so much we decided to work our way through the bourbon trail. Our next tour was at Wild Turkey. We learned that they get their corn within 80 miles of their location. The distilling process has really interested us, and we look forward to learning more about it. After the tour we were driving back to campground and on the highway, there was a sign that mentioned home of the famous “Bourbon Ball”. We had to see what this “Bourbon Ball” was all about. We stopped at the Rebecca Ruth Candy shop for a tour. We learned chocolate is a fruit so we will be sure to add this to our diet immediately. Rebecca Ruth Candy uses as much of the original equipment Ruth Booe used in 1939 when she originated the Bourbon Balls. When the tour is over you end in a museum like room loaded with lots of antiques.

Our trip in Kentucky has been quite eventful so we have decided to stay another week.

Ohio

Once we knew we were going to go around the country we knew our first stop had to be Ohio to meet with our T@B friends. It ended up being our third stop since we left early but it made it feel like the final start of the trip. We were greeted by a couple next to us who were hanging out beside their T@B. We felt like we were coming home, every T@B that rolled in weather we knew them or not stopped and said hello.

We arrived on Friday, so that evening was busy catching up with old friends getting to know new friends who camp with the Ohio T@B & Friends group. Saturday, we went wine tasting at Black Sheep Vineyard. We enjoyed a couple of glasses of their wine before heading back to get ready for the potluck. We had so many camping tables lined up and full off food. The circle around the campfire (we had four propane fire pits going) kept getting bigger and bigger as more people joined. A great evening full of advice and travel stories.

We could not leave Ohio without stopping in Sugarcreek by the Nϋcamp factory where out camper is built. It was so nice to walk in and see familiar faces as well as a few new ones. They always treat you like family from the moment you walk in the door. This is what made us stay with Nϋcamp when we upgraded to our new camper the T@B 400. On our way out of town we stopped at the Dutch Valley Restaurant for a traditional Amish meal. YUM our bellies were full, and it was time to hit the road.

Three States in Three Days

We joined the 7th Annual Northeast T@B and Friends camping trip in Verona New York at the Villages at turning stone. This was by far our most favorite campground we have stayed at. There are a lot of factors that went into this but most of all the price! It was $45 ish a night to stay there with full hookups, cable, Wi-Fi, daily trash pickup, and a shuttle to the casino. We really loved it there so if you are in the area we highly recommend camping there. Did I mention clean too? We enjoyed meeting new friends and look forward to camping again with them next year.

The trip to Ohio was a bit further than we thought pulling the camper so we ended up stopping in Pennsylvania for the night in the town of Cranberry to stay at their Walmart. In the morning we left and started out for Ohio and ended up going through West Virginia which was a complete surprise for us. We need a little lesson in our geography, as we travel, we are finding out states are not where we always thought they were, but glad we can laugh at ourselves and move on.

Vermont

We arrived in Vermont Sunday afternoon to sunny 55-degree weather. It was a bit colder than Massachusetts 80 degrees when we left. We found our spot at North Beach State campground, site 112 and set up for the next two days. Once we were set up, we headed to church street to check out the sights and have dinner at Kens Pizza and Pub. Pizza, Yum!

The next morning, we got up and headed down about a half hour to Waterbury, Vermont. We got coffee from the local green mountain cafe and then headed over to Ben & Jerry’s for a tour and a sample of the Americone Dream. (Highly recommended!)

After lunch with the puppies at the camper we went over to Shelburne, Vermont to Shelburne Vineyard for a tour and wine sampling. A visit to Vermont Teddy Bear where we got a teddy bear of our own. Next stop the Fiddle Head Brewery to taste their beer. We were only in Vermont for a couple of nights but were able to take in the sights and enjoy a moment of downtime.

Brave?

You guys are brave” is what many people have told us when we talk about our plans to travel the country. To be honest, we are scared to be traveling the country. We have somewhat of a plan of where we are going but we have no dates selected. We have no camp sites booked and no idea where we will be staying night to night. We have a budget that we pray will be enough to cover us for the next six months. There are so many unknowns right now that it makes it hard for us to feel brave.

We are the type that has always had a five-year plan, paid all our bills on time, and showed up to a commitment five minutes early to be on time. Don’t get us wrong, we are extremely excited and grateful to be able to go on this great adventure but nervous as heck we might fail. The thought of failure has always been a big fear of ours.

We are learning that “with great risk comes great reward” -Thomas Jefferson

We are going to jump into this adventure with both feet and see where it takes us. Even if this adventure takes us right back home we at-least tried and that is brave.

Our First Stop – Massachusetts

We drove twenty miles to our first stop Salisbury Beach State Reservation in Salisbury MA. Our friend Kathy was at our bon voyage party and said she was going up to the beach for the weekend. We had no reason we could not start our trip sooner, so we did. We booked a few days in advance and were able to get a site a few over from Kathy. The morning we were leaving dad said his friend was going to be up there, so he booked for one night as well. The town of Salisbury had Salisbury Days going on during this weekend which brought lots of people to the beach. We never ended up leaving the beach, but we decided we would now call this weekend Kathy Days since we were there to see her.

We were only 20 miles to our first stop which allowed us to have visitors. We were overwhelmed by the friends and family who wanted to see us before we left. We had beautiful weather and lots of fun, but the time came, and we had to leave. Next stop Burlington Vermont.

Why Cross Roads?

Our first camper was a 2017 T@B 320 S by Nücamp. in June of 2017 we absolutely fell in love with her and ended up purchasing. We had been tent camping that Memorial Day weekend and decided it was not for Crystal. Our search started to find a tiny camper that could be towed behind Bo’s 2013 two door Jeep Wrangler. We went from dealer to dealer, but nothing seemed to stand out. One salesman even tried to sell us a hybrid camper which looking back on we would have never been able to pull. Once we saw the T@B we were in love! The quality and care that went into making this tiny camper we knew we had to have it. When the dealership was not very helpful to work with, we ended up canceling our deal but couldn’t stop thinking about this tiny camper. We had to “eat crow” and call back and tell them we really wanted the camper.

When the tiny T@B was purchased, we were both at a crossroad in our lives. The tiny T@B was just what we both needed. Later that year we ended up purchasing a house on Cross Road, another sign she was meant to be Cross Roads. CR is also Crystal’s initials which put the final stamp of approval that our 320 T@B was meant to be named Cross Roads.

We no longer own our 320 T@B but Cross Roads will forever be in our hearts, she was our “gateway” camper.

Meet Bella & Bentley

Photo Credit: Kathy C

Bella, 9 years old and weighs 6 pounds. Bella does NOT like long walks on the beach, instead she prefers to be in your lap being pat. If you stop patting Bella, she will nudge you until you keep patting her.

Bentley, 5 years old and weighs 5.5 pounds. Bentley is known for being a nervous Nelly. He wants to sniff everything around him and then pee on it.

Bella and Bentley were adopted 3 years ago from the Northeast Animal shelter in Salem, MA as a bonded pair.  They were found malnourished with a breeder down south in Georgia. A DNA test was recently done on Bella and Bentley and it came back they are both 100% Miki. https://www.petguide.com/breeds/dog/miki-dog/

They now spend their time in a tiny camper traveling around the country for the next six months.

Our Trip to the Big E

We took a day trip from Ipswich, MA to West Springfield, MA (121 miles) to attend the Big E. We were given tickets from Crystal’s aunt and were excited to check it out! We enjoyed live music, live animals, and fair food! There were six New England state buildings represented with items that their state was known for. We are glad we went and look forward to attending again in the future.