Harvest Host @ Wrights Farm and Hudson Valley Rail Trail to New Paltz

We hit the road early afternoon for Gardiner, New York; the first of many stops on our 2.5 month-long adventure! So far Joe has only driven the 26 foot long beast of an RV a few times. Although he may look confident at the wheel, underneath his cool demeanor lies a very scared man.

Joe Driving - Day 1

Hillary feared for her life while Piper, with her nerves of steel, showed the utmost of confidence in her father’s driving skills.

Hillary & Piper3

We found an amazing family owned apple orchid and farm, Wrights Farm, through Harvest Hosts; a network of farms, breweries, wineries & distilleries that allow RVs to stay overnight for free. Through Harvest Hosts, we will save a TON of money on camping fees; plus it gives us a chance to stock up on fresh produce… and wine. 🙂 If you plan on traveling the country,  we highly recommend signing up.

We viewed the first sunset with the apple orchards in the backdrop, shortly followed by the post twilight howling of the local coyotes while we remain safe inside of Freebird.

Joe on Freebird @ Wright's Farms

Early the next morning, we started the day off right with a nice… errr aggressive 15 mile bike ride to New Paltz and back through the Hudson Valley Rail Trail. It was a gorgeous morning where the sunlight and gentle summer wind danced off the trees and painted a picturesque ride for us.


As we closed in on our destination, we stopped for a quick photo op of our bikes and the Shawangunk Mountains.

Bikes on Rail Trail

Once in New Paltz, we wandered around the Water Street Market and then grabbed some breakfast to refuel before our journey back to Wrights Farm.

Water Street Market-Website

After a day of more biking than either of us have done in recent memory, we packed up the RV for our next stop; Belleayre Mountain, NY!


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