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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Making Tracks and What Were They Thinking.

Our Location today is Sulphur Springs, Texas, U.S.A.  
A quick correction on last night’s blog post our location was in fact Texarkana, Arkansas not Nashville, Tennessee. That mistake wasn’t thought of until we were once again on the road today.
Clear travel day.
Staying at Flying J’s has never been an issue for us in the past but last night where we were parked seemed to be the end of the loop that all the trucks had to drive by to get on the road. That kept waking Kathy every time one drove by where we were parked. My issue wasn’t the noise, I was cold. We had our Bedspread on the bed for extra warmth but it seemed that someone wanted to cuddle with the bundled-up blankets rather than stay under them. Even after recovering them several times through the night they just found their way back into that bundle. 
We were still up by 6:30 CST this morning and went for a hot breakfast at the Denny’s restaurant before securing the trailer and getting on the road by 8:00. We really didn’t rush but it is much easier when you’re not hooked up to utilities in a campground.  
The GPS we bought yesterday seemed to get us to from one highway I-40 to the other I-30 seamlessly this morning. Last night Kathy had managed to turn up the volume so we could hear it. Once we were on I-30 it started telling us there were Speed Reductions and Construction Zones where there weren’t any so instead of listening to it Nag us, we shut it down. We just needed to stay on I-30 until we reach Dallas, Texas. Around noon we needed to stop for diesel at a Valero Fuel Station which gave us a short break. Even though we hadn’t over eaten at breakfast neither of us really felt hungry. We took note that there were more semis than cars on the road today. 
Passed this half-ton Fifth Wheel three times today.
Each time we stopped he got ahead again.
Around 2:00 we stopped at another Flying J just to go have lunch at the Denny’s. Once again even though we didn’t overeat that would be our last meal for the day. 
Texas border.
We continued on until we reached Sulphur Springs, Texas just east of Dallas. After having had such a restless sleep last night Kathy decided we’d sleep at a Walmart for tonight instead. We walked around to pick up some groceries that we needed before asking permission to stay. The walking helped get rid of some of the stiffness but not all of it.  
Not what you expect to see from a new trailer.
After bringing the groceries Home I returned outside to close up the truck for the night. When I went back inside to start setting up our CPAP equipment we had a Major Shock when we turned the light on in the Bedroom. The top Clothing Rod had crashed down taking the lower one with it and forcing everything in the closet against the door pushing it off its track. We know that we carry more clothes than we should but this is our Home and we are prepared for all kinds of situations. What happen was that Jayco to make things look fancy in the closet had used Clothing Rod Holders that are made from turned wood. “What were they Thinking?” The bottom of upper Wooden Rod Holder broke open causing this mess. 
Both wooden pieces started out the same. You can see the
piece of wood  missing on the right. You can also see the
thickness of the base that made it necessary to add spacers.
Going back inside Walmart I found Metal Rod Holders that will not fail. Inside the closet though, I needed to add spacers in an attempt to make them support the Rods. The bottom Rod will safely be supported but not the top as the wall distance is longer. The door was easily rehung but tomorrow we’ll find a Lowes or Home Depot before going too far so we can get longer Clothing Rods and remove the spacers I put in.  

We always track how far we travel each day. We were on the road over an hour this morning when I realized that I hadn’t logged it yesterday. Since we hadn’t unhooked the trailer from the truck we simply decided to make this a two-day measurement. Since we left the Jellystone Campground in Nashville, Tennessee to the Walmart in Sulphur Springs, Texas we traveled 623.1 Miles in the last two days. 

Once we complete our repairs to the closet we’ll be back on the road heading for warmer climates. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.

Words of Inspiration 

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. 

William Butler Yeats, Irish poet and playwright


  1. It seems like there are always some glitches whenever you have a new vehicle of any kind. Good luck with the repairs.

  2. Oh dear. So sorry to see that photo. Reminds us of when we traveled the very first day in the 5th wheel. No one told us that we should bungee together some of our kitchen cabinet doors. When we opened the door to the 5th wheel, some of my dishes fell out and were broken. I cried. Glad you were at Walmart and could find the replacements that you needed.

  3. Those must have been really bumpy roads.

  4. We had the same thing happen on our first Class A motorhome. I had to put a center board in the middle of the rod to support the weight. Since that time we have reduced the amount of clothing due to being poor..LOL I think that help the most. Be safe.

  5. We had to put a support mid-closet rod, as well. It spanned a great distance, and we were afraid it would pull out of the wall.

  6. I strengthened mine also in my class A. Added support in the middle and both ends using hanger brackets. The dealer fixed it once and said to us that we shouldn't put clothes on it. LOL