Well…..wouldn’t you know, I-10 was just as bad going west as it was in the other direction. In a car, you probably wouldn’t think a lot about it, but in a truck with a long wheel base and hooked to a trailer, it causes a constant jerking so the back of the trailer is up and down. I slowed down as much as I dared to, being on a freeway. I thought we were doing pretty good.
As we approached the bridge that crosses over the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, we are in the center lane because about 3 or 4 lanes go over the bridge, and that would put us into the slow lane once we got onto the bridge. The rest of the lanes go to the right. Just seconds after we had entered the zone where it was too late to pull over for anything, we had the same experience. People were blowing their horn and waving their hands at us and pointing at the trailer. There was absolutely no way to pull over. Those of you that have been there know that, in fact, it was approximately 3 miles before there was a place to pull over.
It was hard to believe, the bumper on our trailer was missing, along with the spare tire that was mounted to it. Can you imagine what that must have been like for those people behind us? We have no idea if it caused an accident or just what did happen. You have to know the area to know that there was no going back. It was the first time we have ever been in this area so we had no idea what it would take to go back. We were now on the west side of the Mississippi, and to find an entrance to the freeway, go back east to another exit to turn around and come back west to find out what happened just didn’t seem to be in the cards. So we stood there in the road and prayed for the situation that no one was injured, and we went on. Between Austin, TX and our next stop, we bought a new rim and a new spare tire.
We did have a good time in Austin seeing things and going to restaurants. This one restaurant was exceptional, called the Oasis. It had a gift shop, etc. and sits 500 feet above Travis Lake on a cliff overlook. What a view! This was a pleasant highlight of our trip.
Ann’s cousin gave us a place to stay while we had the trailer serviced. I know it sounds like this trailer was a piece of junk, but it wasn’t. It was the roads we were on and the extreme cold that caused all our problems. We did have a great time while we were there, so it wasn’t all bad.
Have you ever been to Rochester Hots in Myrtle Beach? It’s in the Myrtle Beach Mall, and the hot dogs were great. They have a ground beef sauce that is really good. We bought a cup of the sauce and a few of their hot dogs for later, only to find that the sauce had mold on it when we went to use it. Oh well, it was good the first time.
Charleston, WV was one of our business stops. We left Charleston heading north on
Interstate 79, stopping in Weston, WV for a tour through a crystal glass factory. We started looking for an RV park in WV, then in Maryland, then in PA. What’s going on here, there are no parks open? We managed to find a Wal-Mart to spend the night in.
Our next show was to be in Worchester, MA in 3 days. We will make it to Albany, NY by tomorrow and get a park there. Again, there are no parks open, and, again, we had to find a Wal-Mart to spend the night in. It’s April 4th, every park should be open by now. Being from Arizona, we never gave it a thought that there would be a problem finding a park open because of the cold weather. Our holding tanks were full with no place in sight to empty them. We called several parks in Worchester, MA to no avail. What are we going to do? We have a show to do in 2 days, the tanks are full and can’t get a park? Long story made short, we pleaded with Pine Acres RV Park until they finally agreed to at least let us empty the tanks. While on the way into Worchester, they called us back and said they would plow out a foot of snow and put in a winterized water hook-up and let us stay there. Their normal opening date is April 15th.
God really answered our prayers. What a beautiful park, right on a lake, nestled in the tall pines, and a breathtaking view of the ice breaking up. Worchester is another problem all of its own. If you have never been there, it’s one of those places where you can actually see the building you want to get to but can’t get there because of all the streets that change names and go ever which way and turn into one way streets, etc. We were there for 10 days, and it took every bit of that time to finally get familiar enough with the city to get around. Even when you ask someone who lives there how to get to some place, they have a hard time telling you.
The rest of the trip went well, seeing friends and relatives along the way home. We were on the road for 4 months, zigzagging back and forth across the US doing 10 shows altogether and covered a total of 23,500 miles. We were more than ready to get home!
Stay tuned for further adventures in 2008. Thanks for dropping by!