We had a nasty day on the Interstate yesterday. Teeth jarring bumpy ride and strong, gusty winds. Things were falling inside the rig that never fell before. Even the microwave tried to escape.
In the morning someone passed us while honking their horn. I thought, "oh my god, what's wrong? Has our car unhooked and hit the person behind us?" But, no ... as we saw the people passing us they were smiling and waving. I didn't recognize them, but it seemed clear that it was someone familiar with the 'Geeks on Tour' and were responding to the sign on the back of our rig. How fun!
So, when we heard another honking vehicle passing us later in the afternoon, I expected another friendly wave. Not this time. The people were frantically pointing to the rear of our rig with faces that were clearly saying that something was wrong. Jim immediately pulled over and looked to the rear. Instead of a blue and a yellow kayak on top of the car, there was only a blue one!
Jim started to walk back down the road a ways when a truck pulled over and talked to him. He said that he saw the kayak come off. He stopped and pulled the kayak off the road. He told us that there was a rest area just ahead of us and an exit where we could turn around and go back for it. At the rest area, a trucker waved us down and said, "Hey! Are you missing a boat?" He told us exactly where it was - right by the previous exit. So, we went back and found it. All in one piece except for a couple broken straps!
So we found a campground a little sooner that we planned. A nice city park in North Little Rock called Burns Park - $16 with Good Sam membership. No Internet from satellite thru these trees! We didn't even try to jockey around ... we were ready for a drink and go to bed!
Today we finished the trip to Branson. Jim did *all* the driving this trip. I brought my laptop to my lap in the passenger seat this time. Got a lot of stuff done! I was going to try hooking up the cell phone for Internet access, but I found enough work to do that didn't need Internet. We've been over this same stretch of road before, so I didn't feel the need to sightsee.
Even without doing any of the driving, I feel wiped out from 4 days of 300 mile days! I really don't like traveling more than 200 miles in a day, and 100 is even better. I also don't like traveling multiple days in a row. We left Fort Lauderdale 7 days, 1,400 miles and $550 in gas ago. But ... we made it. And, it's a little bit cooler here and the wind has died down. Ahhhhhh We have a nice site here. It's so nice when the site and the weather allow you to extend your living space to the outside:
We'll be here for a week for the RV-Dreams rally. Monday and Tuesday we're trying something new. A 2 day computer boot camp - a hands on class where people bring their laptops. Should be fun.