July 2, 2016 (by Angela)
Things were finally in order, the truck hooked to the camper, and the three of us loaded into the vehicle ready to roll by about 11:30 a.m. yesterday, July 1st. Diane (co-owner of Green Acres Resort RV Park and a wonderful friend made during our stay there) came to our site to say goodbye just as we were ready to pull out, and she made our “ready to roll” picture below.
Our first afternoon back on the road had learning curves and traffic challenges. With new brakes on both the tow truck and 5th Wheel, Jim found himself constantly trying to adjust the electric brake controller, so it felt right – not too loose and not too tight. We took a lunch break in a Walmart parking lot. While Jim took Chewie to take care of his business, I opened the camper and made us some sandwiches. We then took them along with a bag of chips and a couple of cold drinks to the truck to eat. While doing so, an Amish man and his horse and buggy pulled up and “parked” a little ways down from us.
About the time Jim thought he had the brake controller adjusted to his liking for normal road driving, we hit Nashville. It was a mess! Jim had to once again adjust the brakes – this time for start/stop traffic, and it took us about an hour to make our way through Metro-Nashville. When we finally arrived at our first Harvest Hosts stop, Sumner Crest Winery, located just off I-65 in Sumner County, Tennessee, we were thrilled and were welcomed with figurative open arms.
I went in to “check-in,“ and one of the employees walked us to our parking spot behind the performance stage on the property. While one is not expected to receive any hook-up services, every now and then you may find a location that does provide something. Here it was electricity. Not only electricity – they had 50 and 30 amp service. This was a true blessing that kept us from the heat and humidity of Tennessee in July. We were able to hook up power and turn on our A/C, which Chewie really appreciated since he had to remain in the camper while we went to get food and wine for supper (dinner).
This was our first visit to a Harvest Host, and it was exceptional winery is easily accessible from I-65 near the TN/KY state line. The parking location behind the performance stage made it easy to park and pull out, and the stage itself gives a bit of privacy. After dark, the lighting is good, so we felt safe, but it was not so much light that we had trouble sleeping. One way in which this host goes above and beyond, as I just mentioned above, is in providing the option of electric power.. It was an easy walk across the parking lot to an inviting tasting area. Next to the tasting area are a couple of classic cars and a well-stocked gift shop. Also near the tasting area was a cooler with food items for purchase. The folks at Sumner Crest were very friendly, thoughtful, and helpful; we truly enjoyed our stay. If you want to read more about the Harvest Hosts program, read here. If you decide to join, please follow the link on our home page and let them know Angela and Jimmy Johnson told you about them. I think we get an extra month added to our membership.
After looking around the gift shop, checking out the cars, and tasting some of their wines, Jim and I chose a sweet red and a sweet white to purchase: one for the night and one for later. Food options we chose were chicken salad, pasta salad, and croissants for me and a combination of pimento cheese and chicken salad with the pasta salad and croissants for Jim. We also got a fruit, cheese, and cracker platter to enjoy later. The winery has a lovely porch area with tables and chairs, so he and I settled down to eat our dinner and enjoy our wine. (Actually, we had enough food for supper and lunch the next day.)
After a filling meal and LOTS of wine, we were feeling VERY relaxed after our long and hot day. You see, Jim and I did something we’ve never done before: We drank a whole bottle of wine between us in one sitting! What do you think that says about the wine? 🙂 You will understand why, after the wine, we completely forgot to make a picture of the 5th wheel parked behind the performance stage when walking back to our camper for the evening. We slept very well!
Not only did we sleep very well, he and I laid down on the bed to talk just before 7 p.m. and fell asleep. We slept all night long until about 4 or 4:30 in the morning. Feeling refreshed by the rest and the cool morning air, Jim and I decided to get things put together and ready to hit the road, but that’s another post story.