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Published: October 27th 2018
Our farewell was said to the Sleep Inn at 9:06 AM. No tears were shed. It’s cold outside and very overcast. Winter garb still being worn. Cory even put on his warm winter jacket. He hates to give in. He hung our new pumpkin head decoration in the window of our car......just for the pleasure of passerby’s. Booooooooooo.
We sailed along on Rt.81 at a nice clip. Not too fast and not too slow. We sang a couple traveling songs with Lulu belting out 🎼🎼Take Me Home Country Roads🎼🎼with the thoughts of West Virginia looming up ahead. Whoa....not so fast, girlie. Slow her up, Bucky! We have encountered a major delay in our travels because of a terrible MVA with a fatality. Sad. We actually had to come to a standstill on the highway. We just sat there for a very long time. This was before Greencastle, PA. We were backed up for 18 miles. Unbelievable! The truckers were wild as we listened in on them over our CB radio. At least we had that for one form of amusement. One man got so pissed off he drove his car onto the shoulder and go out and took a leak!
Right where we all could see him....no modesty here. Picture time! Just another moment of amusement.
At 11:30, they had all of us detour into the town of Greencastle....through their somewhat narrow Main St. (Rt.16). After several miles, we turned onto Rt.11 and headed back toward Interstate 81. Now mind you, besides the throngs of cars and big trucks on our side going south, the same situation on the other side was happening with all the folks going north! They had closed down both lanes (north & south)on I-81 because of the accident. Greencastle never saw so much traffic going at a snail’s pace. We hadn’t either. It was something to see.....plus we were in it. Not so much fun. Finally, at noon, we made it back on I-81 southbound. So it took us over 2 hours to go almost 30 miles! I know we said we like to take this trip slow and easy but this was a bit much. Lulu was antsy the whole time.
We encountered at least 3 more slow ups as we drove along but they were nothing in comparison to our morning one. The traffic all day was very heavy....must have been
a million big trucks on this route...both North & South.
We made a pit stop at the first Rest Area in Virginia. Very nice place. Inside, I recognized a little, old lady I had spoken to at the Sleep Inn breakfast area. I showed her my banana. Instead of the Chiquita Banana lady on the sticker, it had Mickey Mouse. All the way in Pennsylvania! Can you imagine! Anyway, we spoke to her again. What a chatty sole. They live on Honeoye Lake (NY) but plan to sell it cause she said she hadn’t water-skied since she was 78!! Oh,my.....was she Jack Lalanne’s sister? Unreal. She took our name & number feeling they might look us up sometime. She and Harry were a sweet couple.
Once back at the RV, we stopped short! Don’t move! A pathetic, mangled bird lay dead next to our RV. Had we been the cause of it’s tragic passing? I don’t think so. Lulu said a prayer over the body of her deceased feathered friend. Easy come, easy go but you hate to see it happen. I heard Lulu sniveling.
It started raining in West Virginia and never stopped! Not the best
traveling weather. We called ahead for a campground reservation in the Wytheville area of Virginia. “Come ahead” they said....so we did but it was a long haul. We made it here at the campground just shy of 5 minutes of the office closing. There are arrangements you do if you come in after hours but we were glad we got here just under the wire.
We can’t enjoy their park cause it’s dark and raining, but Cory has us hooked up with electric so we are all warm and comfy. Running both furnaces on electric and watching the TV. Well, Cory is anyway....as you can see I’m busy writing this blog. ——-for your on-going enjoyment! Signed, sealed and delivered by postal worker Lulu.
Obviously you are wondering how we will ever get you to Tropical Palms on Monday if we cover only one big state a day. Don’t worry, Don’t fret. Our driver said we are fine. He’s such an optimist. So far, I haven’t had to comment on the speed of our vehicle....too much traffic, stops and slowdowns plus rain to allow any speedster action by Mr. C. Once when he stopped, though, he just about put
Lulu through the windshield. She was in shock but after I checked it over, she was okay. Just shook up.
Our friends, Walt & Diane made their trip to TP in their car from the Syracuse, NY area in 2 days! Since they denied having wings on their car, I have figured out how they did it. They were in their car that was strapped onto one of these huge 18 wheeler flatbed trucks. Those trucks jet speed past us....unreal!! My hair is slicked so far back, I look like a hood ornament. I hate seeming like a know-it-all but how else could they do it? I figured out the answer.
One last teachable moment to share with all of you. I saw this on a Tiffin RV site we joined on Facebook. It is a 3” piece of PVC pipe. If you have a short cup holder, put the threaded part of the pipe in the holder and Viola! Now you have a cup holder for tall drink bottles or cups. Doesn’t have to be just for an RV....any short cupholder that needs it will work fine.
Now that we have the RV all heated up
and toasty, we can head to our wonderful bed. Remember, I have several toppers on top of a Sleep number bed mattress. It is just like the “Princess and the Pea” bed. I almost have to reach UP to make it. The ceiling of the RV is almost touchable. Cory thinks it’s too much. I love it! As does Lulu!
See you in the morning.
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