Friday, January 27, 2017

Making Our Way West.

January 24, 2017

The sun was shining and the sky was a perfect blue as we  pulled out of the  Hitchin Post Corral and Campgrounds at around 10:30AM. We had planned on leaving a little earlier but it is a great thing to be retired and not on a schedule.

Driving over Escambia Bay

Leaving Florida

Entering Alabama

We could see Mobile in the distance as we crossed Mobile Bay.
Then we were going through a tunnel.

After 272 miles we stopped for the night at the Mississippi Welcome Center near Pearlington, MS. I had read they allowed overnight parking at their rest stops but the signs on the way in said, no overnight parking allowed. As it was now dark we decided to just stay and see what would happened. There was a security person walking around but we were never asked to leave. When we pulled out in the morning the parking lot was over flowing with campers and semi's.

January 25, 2017

We left the Mississippi Welcome Center around 6:30AM thinking we would stop at the Welcome Center in Louisiana, make coffee, and have breakfast. Hind sight as they say is 20/20. We should have realized if the Welcome Center in Mississippi was full chances are the Louisiana one would be also and it was. We ended up at the Atchafalaya Welcome Center near Breaux Bridge, LA around 10:30 and after having our coffee decided to have lunch instead of breakfast.

A blurry side shot but we are in Louisiana.

It is hard to tell from the pictures but it looked like the
fog was seeping through the tree tops.

Just past Baton Rouge, LA we crossed over the Mississippi River.

Driving over Louisiana Swamp Lands.

We passed several flooded farm fields today.

After 223 miles we stopped for the night at a Walmart near Lake Charles, LA. We made it just in time and missed a downpour while still driving. We had only been stopped about 5 minutes when the sky opened up and the rain came down. I say just in time because we found out about 30 miles earlier, when it was just sprinkling, that our wipers are catching in the wind and not coming back down all the time. On our list for when we stop in Tucson.

Our view through the front windshield between the raindrops.

One last thing: so I said to Tom, just after we found out about the wipers, something just flew by the window and when I looked forward this is what I saw. (For some reason every time I think about this I cannot stop laughing.)

It is on the list but for now
Tom has a temporary fix. 

Until we get the right mirror. A little
smaller but it works.

"Things work out best for those who
make the best of how things work out."
~John Wooden


  1. Good thing you having a shakedown cruise hope not too many more things to go on the list.

    1. Our feelings exactly; we want a short list. Right now we really only have three issues: the water pump needs to be replaced, the mirror, and the windshield wipers. Plus, Tom has some questions about how a few things work. It is a learning curve but we are having fun.