Friday, March 5, 2010

Waiting - Moving - Traffic

This has been one hectic day! Jim hadn't heard from the dealer by 10am so he called to see if they were done with the unit. It wouldn't be long, so we gathered stuff up and cleared with the motel by 11:00. At the dealers they were attaching the spare tire underneath, but found out the leveling system (Big Foot) controller wasn't working. The factory is closed on Fridays, so no way of checking if they could send one out or not. It's something new for Carriage so the dealer didn't have an extra controller around. We could wait till Monday and have the factory send a controller over night, or they'll do what they normally do and take a couple weeks. We decided to just leave and come back at a later time, maybe going on the way to midwest. The front legs work so we'll be ok, just a little wobbly. We ended up waiting for two hours because the tech went to lunch and we had to wait for him to return to finish up. By this time it's 2:00. Decision: do we stay the night or chance getting into very heavy traffic in Greensboro or Raleigh.

We decided we wanted to get to Raleigh, the half way point to Morehead City for tomorrow. We also wanted to see mom tonight for awhile before we leave the area for a month. We did ok going through Greensboro, but there were a couple wrecks on East I-40 on the way to Raleigh, and right at rush hour to boot. We were stuck in traffic for over an hour.

The traffic was so bad we've decided to park at at a Cracker Barrel just east of Raleigh. We're going to be totally boondocking without bringing out the slides. Test time. It's still going to be 29 degrees overnight so we'll see if the battery for the furnace holds up. We have the generator so we should be ok. We got a pizza, took it to mom's and spent a couple hours with her.

I'm doing the blog from mom's and won't be online tonight at all. We're not even going to turn on the TV, it's been a very long day with stress from traffic. Jim's doing well with the rig and I'm still guiding him for changing lanes. It's been really nice.

One thing we learned from the chatters, don't be on the roads anywhere near 4 or 5:00. I'd like to add never do it on a Friday night if you're close to a big city. We knew it going into it, but to stay on the lot another night just wasn't worth it, so I'm not complaining, just suggesting.

So we're on the way to Morehead City tomorrow morning after breakfast at the Cracker Barrel. We're looking forward to spending a few relaxing days with Jim's mom and the rest of his family. No chatroom tonight.

2 comments:

Sandra said...

Glad to hear everything's under control and you did ok with the driving even in rush hour! Good for you! Hope you do well at Cracker Barrel. At least you won't be hungry!

Gypsy said...

Dee, I used to worry myself sick about changing lanes. The main thing is to get comfortable with the side mirrors. When they are extended fully, and you keep checking them, you know what is on the road behind you as well as in the lane(s) next to you. If you don't make any quick moves, signal plenty in advance, and know where the vehicles near you are located, you shouldn't have any problem. But it takes a while to get comfortable with it. Get comfortable with the mirrors is what I'm saying. Good luck.