Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Delay or Adventure?

April 11-15, 2015

Saturday (11th)

The sun is out and we are headed north towards Montgomery, AL. This is where we leave Interstate 65 and turn onto Interstate 85 which will take us into North Carolina.

We soon leave Alabama behind and cross into Georgia.

We stop at the welcome center to get information about RV parks ahead of us on I85 and find out about a winery just down the road, not far off the interstate, so we decide to take a small detour.
River Bend Winery and Vineyard
This is a small winery that makes their wines from grape juice they buy from California. They have 11 varieties and we decided to try 3 and left with 5 bottles of wine.
We continued on our way. The next part of the day's ride would take us around Atlanta on 285. We have been there before, more then once, and Tom was not looking forward to the drive pulling the Crusader but we were committed and forward we went.
Planes are landing.

Planes are leaving.

The traffic kept coming.
Then we were on the other side and back on Interstate 85. We traveled just about another 30 miles when at this point we hear a very loud bang. Tom maneuvers us onto the shoulder. We know it is a tire we are pretty sure it is one of the Crusader's it is just a matter of  Tom opening the door and getting out into the traffic, no one is even slowing down let alone moving over, to check what has happened. It is one of the tires on the 5th wheel. He could see an exit sign just ahead so very slowly, with our flashers on, we crawl to the exit and up to a gas station.
I took this picture as  we were leaving the area 4 days later.
We were able to get some one to come and change the tire. It is now late Saturday evening and we have no spare. As luck would have it there was a Camping World a few miles down the road. So we drove a couple miles down Georgia 53 and had dinner at Cracker Barrel after which we drove a little farther to the Walmart in Gainesville to spend the night.
Sunday (12th)
The next day we drove over to the Camping World in Oakwood to see what we could do about getting a tire. They have none in stock but can order us one and get it there by Tuesday. Though he did tell us about a tire store in the area that could possibly help us on Monday. We then drove over to the Walmart in Oakwood, park, and discuss our options. (Side note this was our second tire to go on the 5th wheel.) We decided to replace all our tires and called Camping World and told them to go ahead and order what we needed.
We know start looking for a camp ground to stay at. We decided on the River Forks Park a Hall County Park. It was raining and foggy but the pictures below tell the story.


Monday (13th)
We are now parked in a beautiful campgrounds, though it is still raining and foggy, waiting for tires.
I give my friend a call to let her know what is going on and that we will not get there by the 15th. Since, this park only has electric and water hookups Tom heads over to a laundry mat while I take care of some things in the trailer. It may be dreary out but the view is still beautiful.
Tuesday (14th)
The sun has made an appearance and the tires arrived. An appointment is set up for Wednesday to have them put on. We are able to sit out today and since no one is camped next to us Tom moves his chair over by the picnic table next door to enjoy a cigar with his beer. Two ducks walked up the hill to investigate what he was up to.
Views of the lake just at dusk this evening.
Wednesday (15th)
After 5 hours at Camping World the Crusader has "new shoes" and a spare.

We are parked back in our spot. Tonight is free since we camped here Monday and Tuesday and we are relaxing and enjoying the view out our back window. The rain made a come back.

Not a bad way to end the day.

Reflecting back at the last few days the first thing I would say is blowing a tire and stopped along the side of the road with cars going by at around 80 miles an hour is not fun but we made it to the exit and up to the gas station. It was a Saturday but when we called the number advertising towing on the window at the gas station the man came out to help us.  When we did not have all the right tools he went back to his shop to get them and brought back someone else to help. When Tom asked him how much do I owe you he said, well I do not usually change tires I just have a towing service but you sounded like you really needed help which is  why I came. Then he named a ridiculously low amount for the two of them helping us. We waited four days to have the tires replaced but the campground we found is probably one of the prettiest we have stayed at and is on our list of places we would like to spend time at again.

I titled this blog Delay or Adventure? The answer...a resounding...Adventure.  One of the things we learned over our years of camping is you have to accept that things will go wrong and not waste to much time getting upset when they do; you have to just move on. The nice thing about this life style, whether it is "snowbirding" or "fulltiming", is your time is not limited to a two or three week vacation. You have the time "to stop and smell the roses."

"The brook would lose its song if you removed the rocks."
                                                                                                ~Fred Beck


1 comment:

  1. We had a blowout on our return from Florida in 13 but were able to take the ramp immediately. The tire was replaced and the trailer repaired. A month later we went for a short trip when the second tire blew.
    When a tire blows you should also replace the tire that helped you limp off the road as it is overloaded for that short amount of time. We didn't! More repairs to the trailer.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.