Happy New Year everyone. 2018 is sure to bring new adventures our way. We start the new year off on day 44 of being full-time on the road. It is really 108 days of living the full-time lifestyle, but we were a little waylaid in getting on the road.
Day 44 was a travel day. Our time in Gulf Shores Alabama was up. We enjoyed our stay but we were both ready to take off and see something new. We got up and were on the road by 9:15 a.m. Being New Years Day we weren’t sure what to expect traffic wise or what we would find open. Traffic seemed light to normal and even though many places were closed, we didn’t have any difficulty finding what we needed.
We took our time and stopped for lunch at the Mississippi welcome center. Due to the cold weather I decided we would go west using the southern route of I-10 rather than going north and across I-20. I was hoping the southern route would be a bit warmer. Maybe it was, but it was still cold.
Getting to Mississippi we had to go through Mobile, Alabama, which meant going through the tunnel. We had no idea what to expect. We are familiar with the tunnel going from Detroit into Canada, but that’s it. To me it wasn’t that bad. I have been much more apprehensive when going through construction areas or over bridges in the motorhome.
We made it through Mississippi and into Louisiana. Our destination for the night was the Walmart in Walker. It was about 3:30 p.m., which is a good time for us to stop for the day. It is early enough to find a spot and settle in before dark. We traveled a total of 233 miles New Years Day.
The Walmart parking lot was small compared to others we have been to, but we managed to find a space for the night. When we woke in the morning we saw a couple other travelers had joined us along with a trucker.
We decided to run the generator all night for heat, not only to keep us warm but to make sure our tanks didn’t freeze up. The temperature in the night went below 30. It worked out well. The noise from the generator was soothing and blocked out road noise, another plus.
Day 45 we managed to get an earlier start and we were on the road by 8:30 a.m. Not too long after we had started our day, we needed to gas up and this was the first time we pulled a big no-no. We waited too long to look for a good gas station that we could get in and out of easily. The only gas station available was extremely tight and narrow to drive through. We got ourselves in a predicament. On one side was a big telephone pole. On the other side was the gas pumps. There was no room to maneuver. We were inches away from both sides and to make matters worse, you can’t back up with a toad! If it wasn’t for a really nice guy who worked at the gas station I don’t know what we would have done. He managed to direct Clyde through the area without harm. We can’t thank him enough.
The rest of the day went without drama. We enjoyed the scenery going through swampy marshlands and seeing areas for the first time.
When lunch time came we stopped at the only rest area we saw all day. It just happened to appear at the right time. We were on I-49 going north towards Shreveport, Louisiana.
Tonight we are Staying at a Flying J gas station 3 miles from the Texas border. We will be running the generator again all night for both heat and to keep the tanks from freezing. It is supposed to get down to 22 here in Greenwood tonight. We stopped for the night about 3:30 p.m. once again and drove a total of 295 miles today.
Tomorrow will be a short travel day. We are only about 3 hours from our destination, which is a Corps of Engineering campground; Lavonia Park on Lavon Lake. It is not too far from Dallas. We will be staying there for a couple of weeks while we visit some old friends.
Until next time,