Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers reading this blog. I wish my mother in heaven could read it. I miss her so much.
Up and at ‘em at 7:00 AM today. That’s early for us. Dusted off and all composed again, we were ready to head out from our winter quarters. Sam & Sandy were there to bid us a “See You Soon!” I snapped a last picture of them through my passenger side window. We are going to miss them! Cory & I did our final “walk-around”. Looks good! “Riders Up!”
And That’s All She Wrote! HAH! Don’t you wish! Now that you are all back onboard, we watch together, in our side mirrors, the Tropical Palms office/lobby building. Here the last of our 4 friends are having coffee ....as the yellow structure fades in the distance. Lulu is sobbing. Pull yourself together, girl. It won’t be long before we are all back together again. “See You Soon!”
We are out on our oh, so familiar highway 192. No new changes since we were cruising it 2 days ago.....except now we are in the mist of traffic in our RV towing our car. But the traffic
is minimal. That’s always good. Margaritaville will be done when we return. Construction on Aldi’s and another building outside of Lake Magic will also be done. Now, we go onto Rt.27. Smooth sailing.......not so fast, girlie. You‘re too over confident! What’s the beeping sound when Cory stops at the red light? A yellow symbol lights up on our dash panel. Crap & Rats! It goes away when he starts driving. Oh, God. We still own our site at Tropical Palms....will we have to return? Worse has happened. We are a part of two Tiffin (maker of our RV) groups on Facebook. I took a photo of this peculiar symbol ..... kind of looks like wind blowing!! I put our situation & photo on these two sites and waited for a response. One came almost immediately. This diesel man said it just meant that our engine was regenerating....it was normal. No problem. Another response said it was like a big RV fart - normal! I thought the symbol looked like wind blowing! We have learned so much from these two sites....the information shared is fantastic. Before we left for Red Bay, Alabama....I asked for the best route to take from these
helpful sites. They offered excellent suggestions.
We continued along on Rt.27 until we came to the Florida Turnpike. Took that until we came to Rt.10. Took that, heading to Tallahassee. Traffic was not cumbersome. Busiest on the Turnpike but not bad. The wind started picking up as we continued along on 10. Skies were becoming more overcast. Vehicles, coming at us, all had their headlights on....you know what that means, right? RAIN! I checked the weather on our Dark Sky app. Severe Thunderstorms predicted in the direction we are going! Rats! We pulled into a roadside side rest and figured we would wait it out there. Cory worked hard trying to remove the million of love bugs that had met their demise on our windshield and front of the RV. It was plastered! Remember the Facebook photos I used on one of my recent blog to emphasize how bad they can get. Now, we were the real stuff! A sign at this rest stop stated a blind person owned this business. I don’t know how he/she did it but the restrooms were immaculate. If they couldn’t see, how could they tell? I’m not going any further with
this question & answer session.
Take a look at the set up this guy was driving! A broken down red truck hauling a ginormous broken trailer ladened sky high with......you name it. He had two flat tires at the back of the truck. One trailer tire was beginning to shred. No one was around. Someone had been because one of the flat tires was off and a new one was ready to put on. Two chairs were set up next to the trailer....offering a rest area for these traveling hoarders. Off to one side, was a worn looking van....I think maybe it had something to do with this unbelievable rolling heap of stuff. And I get excited if we hit a bump in the road.....foolish me. Let me ride a mile in this mobile mishmash! I would be drooling out of one side of my mouth and unable to raise my right arm within 2 minutes! I hope they don’t have far to go!
Killing time, Cory started looking for campgrounds. We had planned just to wait out the storm in this rest area and maybe longer. Come to find out, there was a KOA campground 12 miles
from this rest spot. The storm was coming closer and closer. Cory figured he could make it before the storm hit. We were off and running! Pulled into the campground....now it’s a Good Sam park called Tallahassee East Campground. Just as he went into the office to check in, the rain drops began to fall. By the time he parked us, we were sitting in the middle of a torrential downpour. That’s okay....we were safe and cozy. I love the sound of rain on our RV roof! So relaxing. Well, that didn’t last long.....drip, drip, drip onto our dashboard. That’s what I was hearing and seeing now. What the he_l?? Cory found a little drippy spot high up on the top of the seal near the windshield. We don’t love the sound of raindrops on our dash! Rats! Add it to the list! All we know is: it is good we are going to all the places in Red Bay where they can fix our issues! The lives of RVer’s continue......you have to take the bad with the good. Remember, we are driving our house on wheels along the bumpy, treacherous roads.....all sorts of things can happened....just like at our
stationary house in Shongo. All sorts of things can happen.
Supper consisted of soup and crackers....and chips, Fritos & cookies. Tasty. I had to empty our refrigerator before we left. Do have a few items in it, though. Remember, one of our renovations will be to put in a new, residential refrigerator. Yippee. We didn’t want to unhook our car and drive somewhere. We just made-do with what we had. Once settled in: Cory watched golf on TV & I wrote this blog.
Lulu has been quiet throughout this part of our journey. She’s depressed plus wanting to get her beauty rest in her carry bag. At least, she can’t smoke when she’s inside her bag! That may become her new hangout.
It’s time for all of you to get your beauty rest, too. We have more traveling to do tomorrow. Cory is taking it nice and slow and easy. I like that. My hands are clenched but not white knuckled. Sleep tight and don’t let the love bugs bite!
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