RV Camping in NY: Black Bear Farm Winery Chenango Falls, NY

Awesome RV Camping in NY with a Harvest Host

Made a short video of the few days we spent at Black Bear Farm Winery. They are part of the Harvest Host program that we have stayed at before in Iowa and in North Carolina. They are a winery but don’t have any wines made from grapes. Instead they are made from a variety of fruits like cranberries, black berries, and goose berries amongst others.
There are no facilities so you will be boondocking. Be sure to bring your own water and enjoy the scenery and peacefulness. We stopped through on our way to Vermont and Maine.

Battle of the Broad Distance SUP Race May 16th 2015

What is Battle of the Broad?

15 mile SUP Board Race

Standing Paddle Boards only

All boards will be measured during check in. All boards must have stock, fixed rudders and mono-hulled(except for UNLIMITED class). Rudder(s) and foil(s) are not allowed(except for UNLIMITED class). Board classes are:
SUP UNLIMITED CLASS
SUP 12’6” CLASS (SPRINT & KIDS RACE only)
Must stand on board when making strokes and forward progress
If you fall you will have 5 strokes to get back on your feet and stand up. This rule is in effect so a paddler does not achieve an advantage by not standing up. You must complete the course standing upon your board.
The stand up rule is not in effect in the area from shore to the first turning buoys from the startline during the Open Race. Racers have 20 strokes to stand up after the start of the distance race.

This was the Inaugural Race and was very well organized and operated. We would definitely return and do it again. THere were three events total:

  • Sprint
  • Distance
  • White Water

Where did this happen?

Asheville, NC

French Broad River
Bent Creek Camp
Southern Raft Supply Business Park

When was the race?

May 16th 2015

Beautiful and sunny Saturday
Started at 9am or so and took the winner just over 2 hours to finish. Roger took a bit longer.

Why was there a Battle of the Broad?

  • Competition
  • Scenery
  • Exercises
  • Bragging Rights

How do you race on a river?

As you can see in the video SUP racing on the river is a challenging situation. We started facing upstream and had to turn 180 degrees at the starting horn. Then it was just paddle as hard and fast as you can for 15 miles.
Notice that Roger was left behind by most of the racers pretty quickly. Granted they had some really nice and fast boards but more importantly these guys, and one gal, are athletes. They have paddled a lot and are in solid shape.
Roger edited the video with a number of falls that he endured throughout the day. Even with a shorter and more flexible fin on the board it still caught a lot of rocks and sent him flying. The river was over one foot lower than normal so there were a lot of rocks.
Some guys had their hard SUP boards and those things are amazing. Very long and fast in the water. A hard board allows you to paddle straighter and with a longer stroke. Roger and a few others were on inflatable SUP boards. Those are nice on a river when hitting rocks as they absorb the blows much better. The trade off is that they have very little shape and don’t cut thorugh the water as well as a hard board.

Who would do this?

Of the 12 racers 11 were men and Caroline Duncan was the only woman to compete. Age ranges went from 20’s up to 60+ and the winner, Rand Perkins, was the oldest racer of the day. Pretty impressive stuff.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding at Lake Julian Asheville, NC

To inflate or not to inflate?

We have wanted Stand Up Paddle(SUP) boards for at least 5 years but there was always an excuse or road block preventing us from getting them. Recently we decided that having an inflatable setup would make the most sense for our current situation. Have hard boards would require purchasing additional equipment to carry them around, while inflatables could easily be stored in either our truck bed or the trailer when travelling. We started researching and learned there are a lot of options for inflatable stand up paddle boards.

Kate saw that a fellow full time RVer, the Snowmads, were using Fisher boards and were very happy with them. After looking into their options we decided that they made sense from a quality and price perspective. So we ordered two Fisher Blowfish boards, picked them up at the FedEx facility near Atlanta and took them to Asheville for their maiden voyage.

Fisher Blowfish

Here is a short video of our first voyage on the boards at Lake Julian near Asheville, NC.

We discovered this lake from a blog post on A Wonderful Vegan Life.

How we add Fresh water to fill our rv

Adding fresh water to your rv can be a challenge when boondocking

Roger made a video showing how we fill our fresh water tank from our water jugs.

Items Used (Warning affiliate links, if you buy something we get 4% so like beer money, thanks!)

Ever wondered how we stay for fresh and so clean? We shower with fresh water of course! The problem is that we only have a 40 gallon tank and we average about 7 gallons per day between the two of us. So at best we are only gonna make it a little over 5 days before we need more water. Rather than hook the trailer up once a week we fill our 7 gallon water jugs and pour them into the tank. After 6 months on the road we have a pretty good system for pouring it in.

Aeropress Instructions for Full Time RVing

Made a short video of Aeropress Instructions in our travel trailer:

You can buy them on Amazon:
Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker
Aeropress Instructions are as varied as the weather. The basic instructions do a good job but we have found that stirring the grounds a bit more makes for a better cup of coffee.

  1. Less Coffee Used
  2. Less Water used
  3. Less Electricity
  4. Better Coffee Faster

Kate says: makes espresso, regular or iced coffee