As we previously mentioned, our original plan was to visit Savannah, GA, in early October. But then Hurricane Matthew came along and we had to re-route, heading south along the Gulf Coast of Florida as far as the Florida Keys, then north along the Atlantic Coast. Weeks ago, we had already booked a spot for an extended stay beginning in mid-November in Navarre, FL, on the Gulf Coast of the Florida panhandle between Pensacola and Ft. Walton Beach. Bottom line, in order to get back to Savannah, we stopped off in Brunswick, GA. This would save us 150 driving miles to get to Navarre.
St. Augustine bills itself as the oldest city in the United States. When we stopped here we parked at the Stagecoach RV Park just off Interstate 95.
The territory we now know as Florida was first claimed for Spain by Ponce de Leon in 1513. On September 8, 1565, St. Augustine was founded by Spanish admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles. In 1763, the Spanish gave up Florida to Great Britain following the Seven Years’ War, only to regain control in 1784. In the years following the American revolution, it became increasingly difficult for the Spanish to control the Florida colony so in 1819 they relinquished it to the United States.
The village of Urbanna is located east of Richmond, VA, on the Rappahannock River which connects to the Chesapeake Bay. We parked at the lovely Bethpage Camp Resort in Urbanna. It is a large RV park with terrific facilities, however, since we arrived after the Labor Day weekend it has been very quiet here.
This stop put us in the upper central Delmarva peninsula. If you’re not familiar with this name, it is a peninsula that includes pieces of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Delaware has the east side with the Delaware River and Delaware Bay separating it from New Jersey. Maryland occupies the west side with the Chesapeake Bay alongside and Virginia snagged a piece of the southern tip. From here we made day trips to Dover, DE, St. Michael’s, MD, and Rehoboth Beach, DE.
Pomona is in southern New Jersey close to Atlantic City. Parking here gave us the opportunity to visit the New Jersey coast and, with a little longer drive, Philadelphia. We also had some down time including some time to replace the motor on the windshield roller shade.