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Ashland to Roanoke Rapids to Falls Lake

Thursday 10/18/2012

Holly Point Campground

Falls Lake State Recreation Area

Wake Forest, NC

On Friday, 10/12, we went back to the retina specialist for Terri’s follow up appointment for her eye.  He determined that her eye has recovered and now all that is required is one last follow up in about a month. Smile

In an earlier post I mentioned that the Americamps/KOA in Ashland is under new management and that they’re doing a great job sprucing the place up.  The owner is stepping up and making quite a few improvements.  They’re building a new fitness center,
and have hired a landscaping company that added extensive new landscaping including many new trees and other plantings.
The park is decorated for the current season.
They’ve also added a roof over the propane filling station, are in the process of updating the cable TV to over 70 channels, and will be updating the WIFI system.  There are also plans to renovate the camp office, laundry area, and add a conference room for rally groups.  The park is rather empty right now,
but it does fill up on the weekends.
If we go back next year, we may have to call ahead and make a reservation!

This rig pulled in the other day.  I’ve seen setups like this before, and thought I would share it.
That Cadillac normally rides on the trailer under the boat.  However, it was driven into the park and not on the trailer when they arrived the other night.  The trailer was missing the right front tire and wheel.  The trailer is a triple axle unit, so it still had five tires on the ground.  Apparently the owner had good discretion and decided to take the car off until the tire and wheel were replaced.

Before leaving the area, we indulged in a couple of our favorite treats.  A white pizza with tomatoes from Giovanni’s one night,
and a sausage pizza from Anna’s about a week later.
Terri swiped a piece before I could take the picture. Rolling on the floor laughing  Both places are highly recommended if you’re ever in the Mechanicsville, VA, area! Open-mouthed smile

Our stay in the Richmond area has ended, and we’ve been on the move.  We left the Ashland Americamps/KOA on Tuesday, 10/16, and headed south about two hours to The RV Resort at Carolina Crossroads
near Roanoke Rapids, NC, for an overnight stay.  This was our first visit to this park.  We got the Escapees rate of $21.25 for a full hookup site with cable and WIFI.  It’s a nice, convenient stop along I95.  It’s far enough off the road that you can just barely hear the traffic, but still close enough to make it a worthwhile stop.  We were in site #P6.
There’s a pool and cabins,
propane station and mini golf behind it by the gazebo,
washers and dryers,
and an open-air rec room with pool table and fireplace.
These sites are for the “Overnight Express Check-In after 6PM” special including full hookups (no cable) for $25.
They also offered  a continental breakfast in the morning of which we took advantage of.  There was no fresh fruit. Sad smile  They did, however, have bagels, cereal, granola bars, coffee, and juice.  This RV park is a good stop if you’re traveling on I95, and even better if you have a Passport America or Escapees membership.

Wednesday, 10/17, we left Roanoke Rapids and headed south, then west to Falls Lake State Recreation Area near Wake Forest, NC.  There are two campgrounds available, Holly Point and Rolling View.  We chose Holly Point because it was closer.  We didn’t make a reservation, so we had to figure out where to park after we got here.  There was a list of available sites at the entrance, so we grabbed a map and headed in to find a site.  The site we chose is a reservable site.  I checked online and it hasn’t been reserved until Saturday night, so we’ll stay here until Friday or Saturday and then head towards the coast.  This site is very long.  Even with the rig and the car, there’s still room for another vehicle.  It’s very wooded and shaded.  No DirecTV because of the trees, but we’re able to get 17 channels with the antenna! Smile
We’re alone in this whole loop for now,
so it’s very peaceful and quiet.  There is a bit of noise from above occasionally as, apparently, we’re under a flight pattern for the airport.
There’s a jet in the middle of the above picture flying over us.Sad smile  But most of the time it’s nice and quiet.

The next couple of days should be fun and relaxing.

Smile Open-mouthed smile Smile Open-mouthed smile Smile


  1. If Holly Point is like Rolling View, it'll stay quiet like that until Friday afternoon. Then it will fill up in a flash! Enjoy the peace and quiet while you can :)
    Excited to see you next week! Travel safe.

  2. That white pizza sure looks tasty. Maybe I'll make one for dinner tonight. :)

  3. =) We just left Ashland today! I saw the title of your post and immediately thought you might have been there when we were... You left on Tuesday (I think) and we arrived on Tuesday! So it was fun seeing a familiar spot! We are now in Smithfield NC headed towards Myrtle Beach (we think)!

  4. I have always wondered when I see those rigs, if they really get the idea of traveling. If you need to take all that with you, maybe you should stay home:)

  5. Good news that Terri's eye is fine. Guess that's why she was able to see her way into swiping that first pizza slice before you could get a pix of it. :c)

    We've been wondering about Carolina Crossroads, we usually boondock at the Super Walmart, but the price looks good, even better than the "free" Walmart site (until we head into the store). ;c)

  6. Way to go Mike!! Love this post - totally up to date. Glad to know where you are and what you are up to.

    Wish we were on our way to the CC Gathering but alas, it's Moffitt for us. Maybe I can toss the Octagon out the window toward Huntington Beach from I95 as we go past. :-)

    Although you won't be there at that point. You'll still be in the great Looking spot you are in now. But Gail is right, prepare for week-end warriors tomorrow night.

    I think the guy with the triple axle trailer the Cadillac and what looks to be a 42' RV has too much money. :-)

    Congrats Terri on your good eye news. So glad it's all working out so well.

  7. So glad Terri is good to go! Now she can keep an eye on you, or both of them :p
    Like the looks of the KOA there. Won't be long and we'll be heading to the Carolinas too!

  8. Glad Terri's eye is doing well. With school back in session most of the campgrounds we have been at have been pretty empty during the week also. Here in Texas the snowbirds are starting to move in so it will get busier. It is nice to see a campground improving things. Most of them are just deteriorating.