Getaway day Aug 9 – Anticipation is half the fun

 Getaway day Aug 9 – Anticipation is half the fun

Our first big on-the-road trip for the FMCA kicks off in just a week, Aug. 9, as we begin daily live blogging with text, photos and videos for the Family Motor Coach Association. This trip will be three weeks long, culminating at the huge 87th annual FMCA Family Reunion and Convention in Indianapolis Aug. 27-30. We'll be appearing in some seminars and doing some live TV reports for media outlets there.

After that, home to Michigan for a couple days, then on to Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia, then in late September and October, New England.

But for the next week, it's anticipation and packing for that first extended trip, and getting my technology tools lined up. Huge stretches of the Yellowstone and Grand Tetons are without cell phone coverage and I'm working on some ways to get through. Verizon Wireless is helping to supply some of the gear. We're also working with Kampgrounds of America, which is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year.

Today, we spent some time fine-tuning the itinerary and taking some publicity photos. Interviews with local media are being arranged at my various stops and the accompanying photo is being sent out to them. Wish I had thought to unhook the bungee cord keeping my coffee maker secure.

But as we get ready to get going, I'm realizing that, indeed, anticipation is a big part of the motorhome experience.

I welcome your suggestions on people and places to see as we head to the Badlands and then Yellowstone and the Tetons.

Once we take off next week, we'll have an interactive map on here that will display our location. And I'll post the campgrounds where we will be staying. I'd love to meet everyone.The support I've had since starting this blog and signing on with the FMCA has been tremendous. I've been warmly welcomed into a very large but very close family. I look forward to sharing the motorhome adventure with you all.


Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.

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  • Safe Travels to you! Looking forward to following your trip online, and hearing of all the wonderful experiences you will have and the fascinating people you will meet!

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