Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Finally On The Road Again

We are happy to say that we are back on the road again seeing America.  It feels good to be putting miles under us once again.

We left West Virginia and headed to South Carolina to say a few nights so we could mark it off of the map.  When we first started this adventure we said we had to stay in a state thirty days to mark it off the map, but have amended that requirement.  If we stay the night and get out and see something in the state, then we can check it off.

We ended up staying at Cherokee RV Campground in Blacksburg, South Carolina which was a very nice RV park.  There is no playground or anything other than open space for kids, but it was nice, quiet, and the lot we parked in was flat enough.  We would surly stay there again if passing through.

While there we went to Kings Mountain State Park for a visit.  This park sits next to Kings Mountain National Military Park which is a Revolutionary War site.  Both parks offer hiking trails and plenty of history.

The Kings Mountain State Park also has the Piedmont farm which is a replica of an 1800 era farm.

Piedmont farm in Kings Mountain State Park

Another view of the Piedmont farm in Kings Mountain State Park
One of the crops this farm grew was sorghum cane which was used to make molasses or sorghum syrup.  Not to be confused with sugar cane which is a different plant and best know for making sugar and molasses.  To read more on the difference you can go to OChef and read Cane syrup vs. sorghum syrup.
Pan used to boil sorghum to make sorghum molasses
Since sorghum cane handle drought better than sugar cane, it was what was grown in this region and used to make molasses or sorghum syrup.  Its juice would be squeezed out using the below press and then put in a big iron pan, like one above, and boiled off until it became thick.

Press used to crush sorghum cane to extract the juice

Close up view of the press used to squeeze the juice out of sorghum cane
Another crop that was grown in this region, which is no surprise, was cotton.  Cotton was king in the south and was needed to make clothes and linen.

Cotton bale
 Most communities would have a large cotton mill, such as the one on this farm, where cotton farmers would bring their harvest for processing.  This cotton gin would have been power by animals such as mules or oxen.
Gears to a very large cotton gin.

Part of the cotton gin that removed the seeds from the cotton
Another very important type of merchant or skill that most towns needed to survive would have been a blacksmith.   Iron had to be manipulated to put it to use and make tools and the blacksmith was just the person to do that.

Blacksmith shop on Piedmont farm
Once more we are very happy to get back on the road and start seeing America once again.

God had a reason for us to stay put for so long, but now we are back on the move and following His lead. 

God bless you all and may He keep you safe!

Don, Misty, and Kids...


  1. Great to see you are back on the road! The knabes

  2. Thanks so much! We are really enjoying it!


  3. Hi I read your blog of Feb 20013rd about harmony trailer park. Would you tell me what rv park you moved to? We are working in falls church for the next 10 weeks and need a decent place. Where we are is not good. Thanks

    1. Yes, we moved to Pohick Bay Regional Park ( and stayed there the rest of our time in VA.

      They only allow you to stay 14 days at a time in the full hookup spots, but do have an extended stay area that is just electric sites. They may have water, but now sewer.

      You can also check out Fort Belvoir MWR ( on their RV spots. I think you can stay up to 90 days there.

      Of course there is Cherry Hill in MD ( which is expensive, but you can stay there as long as you are willing to pay.

      I hope that helps.


  4. I discovered your blog this morning and I had to go back to your first post and catch up to this one. It took me all morning but I've thoroughly enjoyed getting to know your family. My family of 4 are in the research and planning phase of the journey. We're looking to purchase a motor home within the next 2-3 years. Thank you so much for sharing. I really appreciate it :-)

    1. Sakinah,

      We are very happy that you enjoyed our blog and hope you keep reading it. One day we will update it more frequently.

      While you are planning your escape, ask us anything that comes to mind and if we can answer it, we will.

      We would be very happy to help you get on the road.

      Don Lively