Sorry I’ve been lax with CommuterCRUISER posts this week — it was our annual Riviera Regatta last weekend and this week is the Y Flyer National Championships held at Lake Carlyle, Illinois – one of the great sailing lakes in the Midwest. Busy time, but lots of fun.
It’s also our almost maiden voyage in our new Lance 1685 camper — we spent a few nights freezing and soggy in May when we picked up the trailer along the Illinois Wisconsin border, so this is the first chance we’ve had to really camp in it. Unfortunately last time we found out really quick that the trailer didn’t leak and that the furnace worked. This time, we’ve already found out that the A/C works — it’s literally 90 degrees and 74% humidity.
We’ve also learned a couple of other things —
1. Much to our amazement, our little Toyota 4 Runner pulled the trailer just fine down through some mild southern Illinois hills … and got 12.6 mpg at the same time. That may sound HORRID, but keep in mind, most tow vehicles average less. We’re now scratching our heads and thinking maybe we’ll at least start our adventure in October from Illinois to the Outer Banks and camp our way down to the boat with the good ole 2006 Toyota 4 Runner. Neither of us really want another vehicle, time will tell.
2. Our new North Sails measured in at Nationals — WHEW! After North Sails screwed up our first new mainsail in 5 years and had to replace it, we were relieved that it measured in for Nationals – not all sailmakers had new sails measure in today!
3. Our campsite in the Eldon Hazlet State Park is fun — the first time we’ve had a chance to put out our awning, mat, chairs and grill so we can really try out the new trailer. So much fun.
4. Stinky clothes from a 90 degree 74% humidity day — read — soaked with sweat after putting the boat together, getting measured & weighed in and then helping a friend get measured and weighted in as well — stinky wet clothes don’t do well in a tiny 20′ travel trailer — we put the soggy stinky clothes and the Keen’s sailing shoes in the back of the truck for the evening. Maybe we’ll find out how others handle really REALLY stinky clothes in a tiny travel trailer, but for tonight, it smells great inside. Not so sure what it’ll be like in the truck in the morning…
Life is good & we’re having fun. The Nationals practice race is tomorrow (Tuesday) at 3 PM. Keeping our fingers crossed for great weather for the week!