Since Brian asked, I'll throw in a post about our family's excursion last month. Each summer, our family (wife and three sons) picks a different part of the country to explore. This year we picked TN and KY.
On July 1st, we headed south out of PA, and down into western Virginia. The first day included the Natural Bridge (morning) and Virgina Tech's campus in the afternoon. From there we moved on to the Chattanooga area. We toured downtown, saw the Choo-Choo, and the next day took the inclined railway to the top of Look Out Mountain. We also made a side trip to South Pittsburg, TN so I could visit the Lodge Factory Outlet. I have to confess I have sort of a cast iron cookware fetish, particularly camp style dutch ovens. I added several pieces to my arsenal, at pretty decent prices.
We had planned to go from there straight to Nashville, but after looking at some maps, we opted for a side trip to Huntsville AL. We knew our boys would enjoy the Spacecraft Museum there, so off we went. On the grounds of the museum they also have a small campground with 27 spaces that are on a first-come-first served basis. It is no frills, but they have a nice bath house, and the sites have water and electric... for $18 a night! Heck, with the A/C running 24/7, that was worth the $18 by itself.
From there, we headed up to Nashville. All trip long, the bus just ran great. Two years ago I had an in-frame performed by U.S. Coach. The work also included a switch from the 2 valve head to the 4 valve, and changing the fuel injector size. Maybe she is just getting broken in, or maybe it is my imagination, but she seems to run stronger each time I take her out.
We rolled into Nashville and dropped anchor for 4 days. During this time, I had to leave the family there and head to Boston and Detroit for a 3 day business trip. We knew about this when we planned our trip, so we arranged to get a rental car for my wife to drive while I was gone. This actually worked out very well. She dropped me off at the airport and spent three days seeing the Nashville sights. For my family, it extended our vacation by three days, and I got an extra long break from driving.
From Nashville we headed north, stopping at Bowling Green. My oldest son is a big fan of Corvettes, so we stopped by the Corvette Museum and had a nice tour there. Swung by Lincoln's birthplace for a quick tour, also. From there we headed to Louisville and toured the Slugger factory. They do a real nice job with the tour there, and watching the lathes cut the bats fascinated my boys.
Passing through Ohio, we stopped for one night just east of Columbus. It was at a KOA campground that had lots for the kids to do. By now we were in kick-back mode, having checked all the boxes on the vacation planning list. We put it to a family vote, and everybody decided we should stay another night at that campground, so we did.
Our last stop was the Gettysburg / York area. I stopped to see a fellow busnut in Gettysburg who is parting out his 4104, and I picked up a few odds and ends. We also spent the night in the driveway of some friends in York. ... and then home from there.
In all, we logged 2186 miles. The bus ran great with no real problems. I did have one instance in Huntsville where she didn't want to go into reverse. I went to the rear compartment and manually exercised some of the linkage. I got back into the driver's seat, started her up and she dropped into reverse fine. I need to fill the tank again before I can calculate the mileage, but I'm guessing at around 8 mpg. If it weren't for all the hills and mountains we had climbed, I'm sure she would do better.
Unfortunately, the timing of our trip meant that we had to miss the Delaware bus rally at Bruce's. The last couple of years I have attended and had a great time. But this year the rally was a bit earlier so we were in TN/KY that weekend. Sorry to have missed seeing everyone.
After arriving home my wife remarked that she really enjoyed this trip and places it high on her list of all time favorites. She also repeated what she has said before: "That bus is the greatest thing we ever bought."
No argument here.