Homeward Bound (Days 37-42)

Oklahoma City was our last official road trip stop — but we were still four campgrounds and thirteen days from being back “home” on the mountain.

Louisiana-bound to pick up our camper, our next stop was Shreveport / Bossier City KOA. It was not our finest camping experience; we arrived after dark, the tent camping area was poorly set up for car campers, and the mosquitoes were out in full Louisiana force. We were both eager to get home and ready to be back in our own bed.

Early the next morning we were up and on the road again, stopping at Tire Rack to pick up the tires Ryan had purchased online to replace our set after the Great Big Bend Blowout. With just a little squeezing we were able to fit them all in the back of the Tahoe and be on our merry way. It worked out great that the warehouse was on our way home — we saved almost $150 on shipping by picking them up ourselves!

New Tires | Our Streamlined Life

Four hours later we were back in Baton Rouge, reunited with our camper after 37 days on the road. We spent the weekend catching up with family (and catching up on laundry), and having those new tires mounted. Tuesday morning it was back on the road; we spent the night at the Meridian East / Toomsuba KOA, adding a new sticker to our state map (Mississippi).

Less than an hour after leaving the campground the following morning we were horrified by a dragging noise coming from somewhere behind the truck. Ryan immediately pulled to the side of the road, and investigation revealed that one of the leveling jacks had come almost entirely loose, and was in danger of being pulled right off and flying under the axle! Fortunately, he was able to remove it entirely — but not until he spent a few harrowing moments under the camper on the side of the road at semi-trucks blasted past us.

Roadside Alabama | Our Streamlined Life

Fortunately, we didn’t encounter any more mishaps, and the miles flew by as we passed through Alabama, into Georgia …

Welcome to Georgia | Our Streamlined Life

… into Tennessee …

Welcome to Tennessee | Our Streamlined Life

… finally stopping just over the border in Virginia at Hungry Mother State Park.

Hungry Mother State Park | Our Streamlined Life

We were so close, and yet so far — but we spent a lovely evening with the campground almost all to ourselves, enjoying the Virginia spring air and taking a little walk along the river that ran through the campground.

Another four hours on the road the next day brought us to our next-to-last destination: the Prince William Forest RV Campground in Dumfries, Virginia. We would spend a long weekend here to see Ryan’s brother’s commissioning into the United States Marine Corps!

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After a weekend spent celebrating, spending Easter with his family, and no less than three viewings of Batman vs. Superman, we pointed our camper towards our final destination: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Home sweet home!

Campground: Shreveport / Bossier City KOA

  • Tent site (no hookups)
  • Cost: $29
  • Pros: Clean, quiet, and easy to get to.
  • Cons: Super-expensive for a tent “site” that was basically just a big, not-even-a-little-level area.

Campground: Meridian East / Toomsuba KOA

  • Full hookups, pull-through.
  • Cost: $40
  • Pros: Friendly staff and adequate facilities. Not too far from the highway, and pull-through sites made for easy in, easy out.
  • Cons: Something of a “parking lot campground.”

Campground: Hungry Mother State Park – Camp Burson

  • Full hookups (Electric + Water + Sewer)
  • Cost:  $33
  • Pros: Beautiful, quiet location. Clean bathrooms and facilities and friendly camp hosts.
  • Cons: The road to the campground was hilly and windy — a little nerve-wracking with the camper.

Campground: Prince William Forest RV Campground

  • Full hookups
  • Cost: $38.65 (base rate of $38, less 10% AAA discount, plus taxes)
  • Pros: Convenient location to Marine Base Quantico.
  • Cons: Another “parking lot campground” and pricey for what you get. You even have to pay extra for a fire ring, which felt like a ripoff.
I'm the oldest of 12 crazy kids and two pretty awesome parents. My love of travel developed during my early years traveling the globe as an Air Force brat. I'm a runner, a writer, and a reader, and I love cooking up good food and cozying up our camper.

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