I’ve been stumbling around this old world for quite a while now, and I’ve seen a thing or two. In fact, I’ve seen some things you would never believe, and I thought it had gotten to the point that nothing would surprise me. How wrong I was!
Our Ohio Gypsy Journal rally ended yesterday, and we knew that it was going to be an interesting morning, because it has been raining here for over a week, and the ground was saturated. There was no way all of those RVs were going to get out of here without some of them getting stuck. And, of course, it was raining again.
Steve, the fairgrounds manager, was here with a tractor, and he had also called in a second, larger, tractor to pull out anybody who got stuck. And get stuck they did! Some folks did it right, carefully giving their rigs just enough throttle to get moving, and not using too much, which was sure to result in them spinning their wheels and digging in. And once they got going, they didn’t stop until they were on pavement or a hard packed road. Most of those folks made it out okay.
But if somebody used too much throttle, or if the ground around them was already chopped up by other RVs, or if they had even the slightest incline to go up, they were stuck. Really, really stuck!
There were plenty of muddy ruts just waiting to trap an RV, and the more rigs that moved out, the more ruts we got. It was a muddy mess!
The two tractors did a good job, but they couldn’t keep up with the demand, and soon a couple of very large tow trucks were called in. Some folks were smart and decided to just stay put until things dry out, but there were others that needed to get going, or didn’t care to wait any longer.
And then there was one fellow, who convinced me that no matter what we may think we know about human nature, there is always one more person waiting to show us that we haven’t seen it all yet. Just as a tow chain was being hooked to one RV, a man who was parked a short distance away in a large diesel pusher came up and demanded that he be pulled out right then, saying “I’ve been waiting for two hours! I have a meeting to be at tonight, and I have to leave now!”
So the first fellow said he was happy to wait, the poor fellow doing the towing crawled back under the first RV in the mud, unhooked his chain, repositioned to the other RV, and crawled under it in the mud to hook up the chain. Then he pulled the motorhome about fifteen or twenty feet to a hard packed road, crawled under the front end and unhooked his chain, and started back to the first RV, whose owner was waiting patiently.
And that’s when the man who had just been towed out of the muck put his transmission into reverse and backed right back into the hole he had just been pulled out of, where he promptly sank!
I was standing there with several other people, and all of our jaws dropped down onto our chests! At first I thought that the man must have gotten confused and put his rig into reverse instead of drive, but he goosed the throttle as he went backward. I walked over and asked him why he had backed back into the same hole, and he said he had to take his water hose out of the bay to get to his extension cord, and had forgotten it. So he went back to get it!
I know that right now, you are reading this, shaking your head, and saying “No way!” I wouldn’t have believed it myself if I had not seen it, and even then a couple of the witnesses were shaking their heads and saying “Did he really just do that?” Needless to say, the fellow doing the towing and crawling around in the mud was none too happy, and told the impatient man that he was going to sit there a long, long time before he towed him out again! Can’t say as I blame him. $200 later, one of the big tow trucks pulled him out yet again, and he went on his way.
Yeah, NOW I’ve seen it all!
There are probably about 30 RVs still here, waiting for the weather to clear up, or just catching their breath after our busy week, before they go on down the road. The weatherman says it is supposed to clear up and be sunny for the next few days, but as of bedtime last night, it was raining hard again. We’ll just sit tight and wait it out.
Thanks to all who came to the rally, to all of our volunteers, and to Dennis Hill for the photos in today’s blog.
Thought For The Day – At some point, you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart, but not in your life.