Charleston, SC to Berlin, OH
Berlin, OH - Events of Monday, May 8 to Thursday, May 11, 2017
After visiting Magnolia Plantation in Charleston on Saturday, we relaxed around the rig on Sunday and watched the NASCAR race. On Monday morning, we headed out on the third leg of our northward journey.
This leg took us to Ft. Chiswell RV Park in Max Meadows, Virginia. We got to Charlotte after the morning rush so traffic wasn't bad there. However, traffic on I-77 north of Charlotte is almost always heavy no matter what time of day it is, and now it is worse than ever because there is construction going on to finally widen that section of road. We got delayed north of Charlotte near Statesville where one lane was closed because they were working on a bridge. The drive for this leg, which we thought would be about 5 hours, ended up being more than 5½ hours.
We have stopped at Ft. Chiswell RV many times before because it is a pretty nice campground with full hookups and almost all pull-through sites. Lots of other people obviously like it too because the RV park is almost always full by the end of the day.
The main road in the campground is paved, and the rest of the roads are gravel. Most of the sites are also gravel, but there is one row of about 10 sites where the parking pads are paved. We have gotten one of the paved sites the last few times we were there.
In addition to full hookups with 30/50-amp electric, Ft. Chiswell also has free Wi-fi that is pretty fast and reliable, and they have free cable. There is also a good Verizon signal. We paid just under $35 a night at Ft. Chiswell with our Good Sam discount.
On Tuesday morning, we got another early start on the final leg of our northward journey to Berlin, Ohio, where we'll be spending the summer. Fortunately, we didn't run into any traffic delays on this leg because at 6 hours, it was the longest leg of the journey. We pulled into Scenic Hills RV Park around 2:30.
Scenic Hills has a little over 100 sites on three levels. The roads are tar and chip, the parking pads are gravel, and the gravel is always fresh and plentiful. There is well-manicured grass between the sites on the upper and lower levels while the sites on the middle level are all gravel. The sites all have full hookups. There is a laundry, but there is no bathhouse so all units must be fully self-contained. About half the sites have 30-amp electric and half have 30/50-amp electric. There is free Wi-fi that is not very fast, but it is usable except when the campground is nearly full like it is on most summer and fall weekends. There is a good Verizon signal on the upper and middle levels, but it is weak on parts of the lower level.
The nightly rate at Scenic Hills is $38, which is up a bit from the past several years. There are discounts for stays of 3 nights or longer. We are paying the monthly rate of $650 (no extra charge for electricity), which is also up from $595 last year.
Berlin is located in the heart of Amish Country. Some of the things we like about Amish Country are the well-kept farms and the friendly, hard-working people. Another thing we like is the food. As soon as we got set up, we headed out to get some of that good food at our favorite restaurant in the area - Der Dutchman in nearby Walnut Creek. We both had the salad bar for dinner. Afterward, we stopped in the bakery and got fry pies for later that evening.
Over the next couple of days, we ran more errands and did more shopping. We also enjoyed more of our favorite foods, and we had a trip to Pittsburgh planned. We'll tell you about all of that in our next post.