Tolls, Tolls and more Tolls

May 26-June 2,  2017

Freehold, New Jersey

The Rover nestled in at Turkey Swamp Campground

Holy Mollie, driving on the turnpikes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York are sure expensive, wish we had kept a total of what we spent! The most expensive was $68.00, the others were between $5.00 to 10.00!! We had purchased the fast pass for $40.00 and of course, when we tried to register it on line we couldn’t. It said we needed to purchase the commercial pass since we weigh over 15,000 lbs. (Our coach alone weighs 51,000 lbs). Needless to say we now have to stop at all the toll booths and pay cash. Yuck!!



Memorial Day Weekend we were at the Turkey Swamp Campground, right in the middle of Freehold, New Jersey. What a great campground, very large level sites, with lots of trees, all pull thru, water/electirc with a dump station. The down side was low hanging trees that scrapped the sides of the coach, as we drove to our site. The water spigot was about 75 feet away which required several hoses. With all the trees there was no tv but great internet. This park was huge, with lots of grassy areas for large functions, a lake for fishing, paddle boats for rent, but no swimming.

Turkey Swamp Lake
the swampy area, I kept waiting for the alligators to pop up
The shady road in with low hanging trees

While we were waiting for Gary and Carolyn to arrive from Gary’s dads house in Ohio, Bill and Kelly (friends from our Rv Dreams Rally in 2014) drove the 2 hours from Dorothy, New Jersey, to come visit us. We had not seen them since we were in Gulf Shores, AL, the year before. It was so good to see them and catch up and of course, we were all hungry, so off to their favorite pizza restaurant, Federicis in the town of Freehold!! Yummy!!

Guy, Sue and Bill, Kelly

We all ordered large pizzas, thinking about all the leftovers…LOL!! The pizza is very thin crust that gets nice and crispy with no soggy crust!! Guy and I had garlic, roasted red peppers, sausage and pepperoni.  Kelly and Bill decided on roasted red peppers, sausage, mushrooms. Needless to say there were no leftovers!! Our time was cut short as Bill and Kelly are camp hosts in the town of Dorothy at Country Oaks RV and needed to be there by 5:00pm.  We had already planned on spending their day off together on Tuesday so they could show us more of their home state of New Jersey.

Yaniv, Sue, Guy, Eyal, Judith

When Guy worked for Seagate Technology, one of his customers were Eyal and Judith, who we had become very good friends with and love spending time together.  Well, we were very glad that New Jersey was only 2 hours from their home and business out on Long Island. Plans were made to head to their new house and spend the day with the family, Eyal’s brother, Yaniv and his family plus Eyals two daughters, both who just graduated from college, one as a doctor.

The Freedom Tower, in downtown NY,  thru the telescope, about 20 miles away
The views from Eyal and Judiths home on the bay…looking towards New York
The Crosstown Bridge in the distance
looking back at Eyal and Judith’s home

Arriving back at Turkey Swamp, Gary and Carolyn had finally arrived and were sitting out by the fire under their awning as it was pouring. Since it was cold and wet staying by the fire did not last long. We did not see them much that week as they had lots of commitments in New York, taking furniture and supplies to their granddaughter’s new apartment, their daughter and granddaughter arriving from Fl, out to dinner with their aunt and uncle. As well as having their coach worked on thru all that.

watching candy making
this was an awesome candy store on the boardwalk

Tuesday, off we went to see Kelly and Bill. We were looking forward to checking out the Jersey Shore that we have heard so much about. Of course, did we get a nice sunny day…no…it was raining like crazy! There was a break in the rain so Bill and Kelly walked us around their summer camp home. The 4 of us then headed down to Cape May, of course it was raining, so we just drove around looking at some awesome homes and area! A decision was made that lunch with a view of the ocean was a must.  Kelly checked where to go and found, McGlades on the pier. It was to cold to eat outside, the warmth of the inside called us, there were big  windows with a great view of the ocean.  Fish and chips were chosen by 3 of us, except Guy who decided on clam chowder and a crab cake sandwich,  once again all  of us finishing everything down to the last french fry!

IMG_3042.jpgKelly was our guide and headed us up to Ocean City going thru Sea Isle City, Strathmere and into Corson Inlet State Park.

Jersey shore boardwalk

We decided that rain or not we were walking the board walk…but first.. ice cream was a must…at Kohr Bros, Guy, Kelly and I had an orange/vanilla twist while Bill decided on the peanut butter/chocolate. Standing under the cover of the Music Pier looking down the board walk, watching the ocean, freezing, trying to stay dry eating ice cream….how cool is that?


With a 2 hour drive back and not really wanting to drive in the dark with roads we didn’t know, Guy decided it was time to head back to Country Oaks. It was hard saying “Good Bye”, but as we always say, in this life style, we don’t know when our paths will cross again. I think I will not say Good Bye anymore but “See ya on down the Road”


After a nice week at Turkey Swamp it was time to head up to Corning, New York, on our journey with Gary and Carolyn. There was a slight snag as their coach was still being worked on and a few new issues were found. We agreed to head out and they would meet up with us later that night. It turned out to be a very late night for them as they didn’t pull in until almost 10:00pm.

The Jersey Shore

Y’all have a Blessed week and stay tuned into “OurRovinJourney” as we travel with our side kicks into the east coast area.



5 thoughts on “Tolls, Tolls and more Tolls

  1. Hiii Cuz!!!

    Finally reading you journal! It’s been tomlooong. Following you on n FB is fun, but ready your posts and seeing the many beautiful pictures is certainly much better!! See you in September in NH! Yay! Safe travels!! Love you!😘💕

  2. Thanks for taking me places I have never been and some never heard of. Your photos seem professional. Can’t you investigate the toll issue and try again? We haven’t enjoyed spring weather yet either, Bob worries about his garden, it begs sunshine. Troublefree travel wished for you. Muah!

  3. I feel your pain Sue,having driven the PA turnpike a few times myself. I’ve heard camping rates are higher out east too with sites being smaller & full hookups hard to come by. Having never been to the northeast myself, I’m interested to see what your take on this will be. I’ve heard so many cool things about the Jersey coast. I can’t wait to go there.

  4. Enjoyed your post!! We are looking at three years before we enjoy life on the road. Just started reading books for research, and blogs for ideas. Started my own website… just need to get our motorhome and hubby retired! Best of luck to you and yours.

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