So this next part is going to include a lot of complaining. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
The other thing that comes to mind about New Hampshire (aside from a ridiculously fun project with the NH crew) is one of the worst customer service experiences I’ve ever had. Let me explain, receiving mail on the road is tricky, especially when you are moving around as much as we are. There are some forwarding services that people rave about, but those only work when you are at a location long enough- some RVers are seasonal, living at these sites for months. Mail has been a bit of a tough situation for us.
For the first three weeks of the tour, we had been using a temporary license plate for the Airstream, provided by the dealer. When we hit the road, we knew that within a couple of weeks they would be sent the permanent plate soon, we just had to figure out a way to get it. I called the postal service shops all around us regarding having mail sent there. Most turned me away, saying I had to purchase a PO Box from them or change my address. Again, tough situation. There was one, however, that said that they did accept mail pick ups. Perfect- we’d have Woodland Travel Center send it there.
Fast forward to a week later, I walked into this postal shop only to be snapped at, blamed, and then patronized by the older man working the front desk, then later told by the owner that it actually had arrived earlier in the week (earlier than we had expected) but that he then, a couple of days later, decided to send it to the UPS warehouse located in Exeter.
So, right before we left for Massachusetts, Tyler visited UPS limbo, a place where lost and rejected packages go. YAY for driving legally with a plate.
All in all, New Hampshire was a relaxing place to regroup and refocus. When you hit the ground running like we did, we’re lucky we had an opportunity to tweak a few things to make sure we’re doing the project the best way that we can. We learned the humbling lesson of patience and persistence while planning the state’s project while also being reminded of the importance of others’ kindness from our wonderful project participants. New Hampshire, you may have given us one bad apple, but you gave us plenty of memories and several friends that made up for it.