Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Literally, the second the words, "this isn't so bad" passed my lips, it turned to a torrential downpour. In traversing the remaining 60-70 feet, I was soaked to the skin.
Our dogs, who are all brave enough to chase off the toughest intruder, are scardy-cats when it comes to thunder. One boom is all it takes for them to start barking up a storm (pun intended). I was mostly trying to console Cutie, our big dog, because when she gets started, the others are uncontrollable. She curled up n back of my legs, her normal place to hide. Soon, though, that wasn't good enough, so she climbed over me, and crawled up the edge of the bed until she was right in my face. Which she started to lick. That made her feel better for a few minutes, but a sudden crash of thunder had her running for the window to bark away the storm. I got her calmed down, and she curled up behind my legs again. From then, with every roll of thunder, I was wrapping my legs around her to keep her quiet.
The storm finally ended just before dawn, when I managed to get about a half-hour's sleep.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
That, however, only lasted as far as Shreveport. The engine started to run rough, with the occasional backfire. It got worse by the end of the day, when we crossed into Mississippi. The next day, it was gradually worse, until we arrived in Florida, when the backfiring was almost constant. We had stopped several times to try to find a mechanic to fix it. What we found was that RV repair shops don't fix engines, and truck repair shops tend to specialize in diesel.
When we arrived in Florida, I checked over the engine to see if I could determine the problem. It was, as I thought, a loose spark plug wire. We put it back, and the engine runs fine again. One of our neighbors crawled underneath just now to see if I had seated it correctly. I hadn't. It's fixed now, though.
|Here's the troublemaker|
We pulled into Mississippi last night, after 9pm. We were trying to at least make the state line, because it was half the trip, and the more travel we completed yesterday, the less we would have to do today.
We spent the night in a rest area just east of the river. Gas at the nearby station was $3.39. This morning it w a s $3.42. They must have known we were coming.
There was a beautiful view of the river from the rest area. Unfortunately, we left before dawn, so I couldn't take any photos.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
A man pulled up alongside of us, beeping his horn. He shouted something about tire tread, and pointed to our trailer. Pulling over, we saw that one of the tires on our trailer had ruptured (and was gone), and the rim on that side was ruined.
Luckily, he knew of a nearby tire place. We limped over there, and found they were able to help. However, they didn't have the 14-inch rims we needed and so replaced both sides. (On the bright side, we now have a spare for the trailer. An hour and $300 later, we're aback on the road again.