Planning a Trip: Software and Satellites

After wintering in the Toronto area for work-related reasons, we are now preparing to hit the road in a big way in June. Our trip will take us up through Quebec to Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, then to Prince Edward Island and finally down the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, back towards Montreal.

But wait. There are two words I really should pull out of that paragraph. The first is “trip,” and the second is “finally.” This i not a trip. This is life. We are living on the road, not vacationing away from home. Therefore, it is better to say we will be living along this Maritime route for the summer months.

The second word to remove is “finally,” because there ain’t no finally. For the same reason above, there is no garage to come home to. Where we go after Montreal will depend on what we want to do at that point. To us, that really is part of the fun.

But that doesn’t mean we do not plan. In fact, planning the route is a source of great enjoyment for me. There are way too many resources to choose from, of course, from apps like AllStays, to RV park review sites, fellow nomadic bloggers, and membership sites like Good Sam, RVillage and so many others.

I like to use the Trip Planner feature from Good Sam, because it shows all the sites along any route, even non-Good Sam sites, it calculates the distance between stops along with estimated fuel economy, and it identifies RV-friendly routes.

Our philosophy of travel is what we call 250-3. It’s our variation on that used by many other nomads, who limit the number of driving hours and miles to something reasonable, like 300 miles and parked by 3:00 p.m. For us, we are choosing a maximum of 250 miles per day, with a three-day stopover in each place.

This allows for time to both sight-see and get some work done (this is LIFE on the road, not a vacation), and 250 miles seems to be enough for drivers, dogs and machinery in any day. This means a voyage to Nova Scotia entails five sites and 15 days. And that’s just outbound.

I find it to be great fun, measuring out a route in 250-mile increments and then researching the sites available in the area.

You can see the spaces from up here!

Once I have chosen a potential site, I use the Satellite View feature of Google Maps to observe the site grounds from the air. I find this to be a much more reliable method of assessing how spacious the individual campsites are. Most RV parks offer a quaint cartoon-style map of the grounds together with ideally angled photos of the facilities. Google’s satellites, however, can really show how close you will be to your neighbors.

I am thrilled to have met so many great people both on the road and through social media. Once our rig comes back from its spring tune-up, we will be mobile once again. This time, hopefully, for good.

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2 thoughts on “Planning a Trip: Software and Satellites

  1. Welcome to our neck of the woods! We are currently undergoing major renovations to our camper, so we’re not quite on the road yet, but very, very soon! In the meantime, if you happen to be close to Miramichi in northeastern N.B., please drop us a line. We’d love to meet up!

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    1. Kelley, Michael – Great to hear from you. We enjoy your posts, and Liz apparently has already been in touch with you separately! Who knew? 🙂 Anyway we will be in your part of the world this summer. Specifically, we will be at Twin Shores PEI from July 6 to July 9 and will pass directly through Miramichi on our way to Grand Falls. Definitely a possibility to meet up somewhere in there.

      So feel free to drop me a line directly at alert@steveprentice.com.

      Best,

      Steve Prentive

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