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Leaves On The Water, North Alabama


Bad Car

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

Monday was an important day in the life of Sierra. The OFM had to get up early that morning to make sure Sierra got to the truck hospital for its surgery. We made it with a few minutes to spare and the OFM is confident that Sierra is in good hands for the surgery and recovery.

We were picked up by Enterprise and taken back to the rental location and treated very well by the folks there. The vehicle we received is a very new  Hyundai Veloster and it is by far the worst vehicle the OFM has ever driven including his dads worn out garbage trucks. However the AC works well and the insurance is paying for it.

Speaking of insurance, the claims jerk finally called and we got a few questions answered. The main one was about the $500 deductible that the Teams has to pay to get Sierra out of the truck hospital. The agent says they are trying to get total compensation for the expenses including the $500 deductible for me. So maybe in a few years the OFM might find a check to him in the mail. We will not hold our breath.

Now that things are moving better towards rolling down the road, the OFM is feeling a lot less stress.

Flushing the water system went very well today and everything is ready to roll. Our overnight test that included a shower for the OFM’s unwieldy oversize body. We made the 24 hours with water to spare. Now we have a benchmark to work with and that is a very good thing. It will be nice to not carry the excess weight when we are not needing to carry a full tank of freshwater for boondocking. 

Now we can turn our attention to setting up campground reservations for the four day tow to Decatur Alabama. It is summer time and we will be traveling into a weekend so reservations is likely wise for at least two of the days. If it was cool at night, the Teams would just boondock at the interstate rest areas along I-20 like we have done in the past, but the hot nights cry out for AC and 120 volt power. Sweating while you try to sleep is not a good way of trying to have tooooo much fun.


  1. Love that Sun on the water picture. Hope you truck gets fixed correctly soon.

  2. Will be great when Sierra gets out os recovery and you guys can hook up again and get on the road. Travel safe.

  3. Come'on, tell us how your really feel about that rental car :-)

    1. Sorry Rob.I do not put that sort of words in my family style blog.

  4. I remember the first time I pulled into a rest area with my RV, intending to spend the night. A man and woman pulled in ahead of me and the man finally left the vehicle to go inside, while the woman walked back to my RV to talk to me. She said her husband wanted her to tell me that I shouldn't plan on staying in that rest area overnight - one week earlier someone was murdered there! Needless to say I moved on, very grateful for the kindness of that couple. Never stayed at a rest area since!

  5. From what I remember reading about the accident it wasn't your fault so why would you have to pay a deductible? I don't really know much about accident ins. as luckily I have never had one and hope I never do.

  6. Hope Sierra gets well soon so she can take you to Gavin and Piperland. I am following your water rationing with interest.

  7. What is the problem with a full tank of water? Surely Sierra can handle the extra weight. I used to have a 29 foot travel trailer that I pulled with a Ford V6 pickup with a cap on the back. Only had one problem in a small town in PA where there was a 90 degree turn at the bottom with a 20 mph speed limit. Wasn't sure I was going to make it over the top of that hill.