QUOTE(Jerry S. @ Apr 3 2008, 08:08 PM)
Even though you seem to have decided on Maine, let me take a different aproach to your quandry. If it was my decision, I would ask myself a lot of questions first: How close (top 10, 20 , 100) are you to these friends? Do your really care if you ever see them again? When was the last time you saw them? Have they ever visited you in WA? Would you feel bad a couple years from now if you didn't visit and something happened to one of them? Basically, if the folks are not really important people in your life, go to Maine.
On the other hand, you are only 52. You may be doing this RVing thing for years. Maine will still be there 5, 10, 15 years from now. Your 30 day time limit won't allow for a lot of time in Maine. From another topic in this forum you indicated a 300 mile per day travel schedule with a rest day every few days. That gives you 7-10 days to PA, 2-3 days to ME, 3-5 days in ME, and only 10 days for the 3,500 mile trip home. Last time I went to ME, I spent 2 weeks touring the state. I can't imagine seeing and enjoying it as much in 5 days. Not to mention all the great things (upstate NY, Boston, the rest of New England, etc.) you will be by-passing. If you decide to go to Maine, you might want to add a week or two to your trip. You will see more, have time for more multi-day stops, and be less rushed on the way home.
Don't "freak out" too much and have some fun.
Jerry, thank you for this perspective! You may have a point, trying to squeeze in Maine at my preferred travel pace may be asking too much of myself. And, you're right, I don't want to be rushed on this. Actually, my biggest problem in RV'ing is that........ I don't ever like to go home!