Spare Tire On the Back
It happens. After spending a week in what we thought was an overrated and overpriced park in New Orleans, we happily left a day zcwearly to get to our next destination a day early. Yippee!
Life then happened and then said “Well, not so fast, geeks!” While we were anxious to leave New Orleans, it was on the very infamous I-10, notorious for construction and potholes. We caught a shredded tire on the road, aka “road gators”, with our tow. No, we didn’t have the TPMS system (we have it but the one we bought wasn’t that good) but a kindly stranger really good at mouthing “Your tire is shredded!” from another car. The inevitable result was this beauty.
We had a spare tire but on I-10, didn’t want to change it alone as I-10 doesn’t exactly have a wide breakdown lane. We called trusty Geico for roadside service. Despite telling them where we were, they insisted on doing geolocation and sent the first roadside service. Big mistake, as Geico sent the first servicer to the completely wrong place. The first servicer stated since we were on I-10 they couldn’t come to us. Finally, three hours later, we received the service and were on our way.
It was a bit disconcerting being on the side of I-10 for that long but we managed. We were delayed by three hours and arrived in Gulf Shores 6 hours after departing so it was dark. Luckily we had a pull-through so parking the rig wasn’t tough at all. No life lesson here, only to have a flexible (enough) schedule and identify places to stop along the way if you need. Also? Don’t plan too long of a day. We never plan to go longer than four hours. We’ve done longer (unplanned) as a pleasant surprise rather than planning too long and having to cut the trip shorter than needed. That way there’s no disappointment if you don’t reach your goal. It also cuts yourself some slack. We learned this lesson in our maiden voyage where we planned on going from Pennsylvania to North Carolina in one trip. That’s seven hours via 95, eight hours via 81 (we opted for 81). After encountering torrential rainstorms and seeing at least six accidents, we were forced to stop for the night at Walmart. We underestimated how draining driving the rig was going to be, and in retrospect would’ve planned a halfway stop.