Website Helps RVers in Navigating, Planning
RVing is a nomadic lifestyle that can be difficult to navigate, but it’s one that has planted roots in the Cape Fear, N.C., region.
The Star News, Wilmington, reported that after starting his mobile journeys in 1991, Wilmington resident John Watson wanted to make it easier for fellow travelers to see the best parts of the country.
“It is sort of frustrating when you try to develop a trip for six, seven or eight months,” the 86-year-old said. “You find out you’re inundated with information that’s all alphabetical or commercial.”
To sift through the clutter, Watson created a website five years ago telling fellow recreation vehicle (RV) enthusiasts about routes he’s taken.
Drivecrosscountry.net was born out of necessity, Watson said.
Watson and his wife, Ida, actively traveled the country with their RV for more than two decades before they retired from the mobile life in September.
“It’s one of those things you can’t give up,” said John Watson. “We found it was almost adventurous.”
Retiring from an active retirement wasn’t the plan. The couple’s age caught up to them, he joked.
The couple purchased their first RV two months after moving to Wilmington and soon went on vacation.
“We headed north with the expectation that we’d come back and settle in,” John Watson said. “We ended up doing it for 23 years.”
He said the website garners an average of 1,000 visits a day and has remained relatively unchanged since it went up years ago.
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