We were up early again yesterday morning, threw the suitcases and a couple of other things in the back seat of the truck, hooked up the cargo trailer, and were on the road by 9:00 A.M.
I was very pleased with how the truck handled the trailer going down the highway. As I said in yesterday’s blog, I have not towed many trailers, and never for very far, so I was a bit apprehensive. But I needn’t have worried, the trailer tracked along just fine. It took a little bit to get used to feeling it pull backwards on the truck every once in a while on a bump, and I was cautious the first couple of times I had to slow down, but the electric brake controller did a fine job.
There was quite a bit of traffic on Interstate 95 northbound, and somewhere around Palm Coast it all came to a stop because of a bad accident. We spent about an hour creeping along and stopping every few feet and then moving again as everybody tried to jockey into the left lane to get around the emergency vehicles.
When I bought the trailer, the dealer said I should stop after about 100 miles to check and tighten the lug nuts if necessary, and then check it again 100 miles later to make sure that nothing had worked loose. So just south of Jacksonville we pulled into a rest area and did that, and again after we got on Interstate 10. Both times everything was fine.
I knew that towing the trailer would definitely affect our fuel mileage, and it did. Normally on the open road in the Laramie, we get anywhere from 17.5 to 21.5 miles per gallon. But according to our trip computer, on this trip we were getting 11.5. That’s a heck of a difference! The truck has a tow/haul mode, which changes the gearing. That’s fine, but watching that fuel gauge dropping so rapidly was not fun at all.
We stopped at the Busy Bee in Live Oak for fuel and grabbed a quick sandwich at Burger King before we got back on the road. For the most part I tried to keep the speed somewhere between 60 and 62 mph, although a couple of times I caught myself getting up to around 70 and backed off.
Eventually we left Interstate 10 and took US Highway 231 north into Alabama and through Dothan. About 10 miles south of Troy we stopped for gas again, and because it was getting dark and my night vision is not very good, Terry drove the rest of the way to the Hampton Inn, where we normally spend the night. It was about a 10-hour drive, and we were more than ready to call it a day.
Once we parked and checked into the hotel, we decided we wanted to get something to eat. A short walk away, up a steep little hill is a Ruby Tuesday restaurant where we usually eat when we stay here. Not wanting to drive the truck and pull the trailer any more that night, we walked there only to find that it was almost empty because they didn’t have a cook and it was just the manager trying to run the kitchen and everything else. The hostess told us there was about a 30-minute wait and we said that was fine, we would just sit down and have a soda and relax. But she said it was against the law for us to be seated in the restaurant unless we were eating, and told us we would need to sit on the bench in the little foyer entryway. Really? It’s against the law to sit in a restaurant? I find that hard to believe.
About a block down the road there is a Jack’s restaurant, so we decided to go there because we could see cars at the drive through. But when we got there, we found that the door was locked. Apparently everybody in Troy must be suffering from New Year’s Eve hangovers and nobody came to work. So we turned around and walked a block or more back in the direction we had just come from and found a Waffle House. Surprisingly, they only had a couple of customers, so we had no problem getting a seat and something to eat. It wasn’t fine dining, but it filled our tummies, so I guess it was okay.
Back at the hotel we relaxed for a little bit and got to bed early. We figure it will take us about four hours to get to Gordo today, where we are scheduled to do the final walkthrough on our house before we close on Tuesday. There is supposed to be some bad weather coming through the area, so we will play it by ear and see what happens as far as unloading and all that sort of thing. We will be staying at our son’s house this trip, and since the Internet there is flaky, I’m not sure if I will be able to get on and post a blog every night, but I will try.
In the meantime, I hope your New Year’s Day was good and you didn’t have any problem finding somebody to feed you. And most of all, I hope the restaurant seating police didn’t catch you breaking the law. I have a feeling you could do hard time for that in Alabama!
Thought For The Day – Sometimes I just have to remind myself that the jail time isn’t worth it.