Grumpy in Kentucky but on the road again

Written by on January 10, 2013 in Trips

That’s because the brand new miniature K-cup coffee maker I bought for our motorhome didn’t work this morning and I was all set to celebrate our first night in our new Roadtrek eTrek with a hot cup of coffee.

kyphotoFortunately, the Kentucky Horse Park campground where we’re staying just off I-75 near Lexington, has a store and it was open, and they had plenty of coffee.

Crisis averted.

I had wanted to boondock on our first night to put the batteries and solar power features of this new motorhome to the test but since we didn’t arrive here till 8 PM, we decided that because the park has the water turned off during winter and only offers electricity, we’d call this half-boondocking.

I actually thought of just not using the electricity but since we had to pay $23 for the spot and my wife’s ancestors came from Scotland she said “since we’re paying for it, we’ll use it.”

Later, I saw they had primitive spots here. But we had already paid and settled in.

There were a few others spending the night. I visited with a couple from Ohio headed to Florida for three months in their Type C while getting coffee. But we were pretty much alone in this very large, well maintained  campground next to the Kentucky Horse Farm complex which, even in the winter, has several attractions open. We’re decided to save a tour of the barns and a look at the champion blue grass thoroughbreds for another time.

We have an important date tomorrow at noon. We get to have lunch with two of our grandkids at their school in Albany, GA and have to be there by 11:30 AM

The biggest adjustment in our new motorhome is figuring out what goes where. In a Type B, storage space is at a minimum and we’re going to need a few days and maybe a couple of trips to get it down. I’m seriously thinking about getting a trunk mounted storage box when we visit the Florida RV Supershow next week.

Tai, our Norwegian Elkhound, immedialy adjusted and loved the long walk we took him on last night in an empty campground.

The temperatures dipped into the upper twenties. The heater in the eTrek, which uses forced air or hot water, is magnificent. We were toasty warm all night and impressed by how quiet it is compared to the previous one.

I have yet to put any water in the eTrek. I should be able to today as the forecast is for unseasonably warm weather, especially as we keep moving south.

It’s time for breakfast, And maybe the horses. Later

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About the Author: Mike is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, and Norweigian Elkhound, Tai, travels North America in a Type B motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and frustrations of RV life on the road. He is the official on-the-road reporter for the Family Motor Coach Association. a columnist with Family Motor Coaching Magazine and his Roadtreking reports appear in numerous newspapers and publications. He enjoys camping (obviously), hiking, biking, fitness, photography, video editing and all things dealing with technology. His PC MIke TV reports, on personal technology are distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations. .


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  1. Alan MacRae says:

    Great post, Mike. Thanks for the update. Safe travels!

  2. Jeff says:

    I recommend always keeping a package of Starbucks Via in your Roadtrek. Its instant coffee that is actually really good for these kind of emergency situations.

  3. Kiki Dunigan says:

    The new “home” looks awesome! I went on a quick weekend trip last Spring, and didn’t bring my supplies to make coffee over the fire like I usually do. A huge storm blew through, knocked out power, and I was 40 minutes away from the nearest town. Packing up without coffee was torture! I will never travel again without my coffee press.

    Wishing you the best in your travels. Enjoy that very important lunch date!

  4. James Rice says:

    Mike, Great post. Loved hearing all about your first night in the eTrek especially the warmth and quietness of the heating system.
    But my question is, was the coffee maker broken or was there not enough “juice” provided by the eTrek to make it work?
    Thanks and keep up the great reports.

  5. Mike Wendland says:

    Plenty of juice. Even tried a direct plugin to campsite electrical outlet.
    Bad coffee maker.

  6. James Rice says:

    Thanks for your reply. I’m sure the maker of that coffee machine will gladly replace it, especially since it has now “made the web” as a non-working device.
    I’m very happy to hear that you had plenty of juice in the eTrek.
    Also happy and encouraged to hear that Jennifer feels secure driving it. I read your post to my wife and it got a bit of a smile. And that’s a good thing as we still contemplate what RoadTrek to get. I’m sure leaning toward the eTrek.

  7. Graham Gibbs says:

    Lucky you on the road again – ours is parked and covered in snow!!! Safe travels.

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