Cold Comfort

The arctic vortex that brought sub zero temps to the northern US reached the south on Monday (1/6/2014). In comparison to what the news was showing up north, the weather was downright balmy – highs Monday and Tuesday were in the low 20s. Nevertheless, the little bit of heating in the wet bay couldn’t keep up with 50 hours straight below freezing and early Wednesday morning water leaks showed the way to burst pipes and fittings. It was way too cold, and wet, for me to work on, and of course I don’t have a pressure tester, so it was back to Camping World. Parts $16, labor $320.

The buyer for my Kendon trailer will be picking it up on Friday and then I’ll be heading to Grayton Beach in Florida (between Panama City and Destin on the panhandle coast).

T3: Rise of the Trailers

After two great weeks in New Orleans it was time to leave the bayou.

Rainy morning walk across the bayou.
Rainy morning walk across the bayou.
Never saw a gator in here. Did hear a few wildcats though.
Never saw a gator in here. Did hear a few wildcats though.

Shortly after crossing Lake Pontchartrain is the Mississippi border and I stopped at the welcome center rest area to find …

Mississippi welcome center on eastbound I-10.  The lunar lander trainer used by the Apollo 13 astronauts.
Mississippi welcome center on eastbound I-10. The lunar lander trainer used by the Apollo 13 astronauts.
Space boot prints signed by Fred Haise, Apollo 13 astronaut and Mississippi native.
Space boot prints signed by Fred Haise, Apollo 13 astronaut and Mississippi native.
Sign at lunar lander exhibit
Sign at lunar lander exhibit

Then I stopped at a little town in Florida, Bonifay, where it rained for 40 7 days and 40 7 nights, flooding the nearby Choctawhatchee River. Finally it’s time to move on to Ozark, Alabama and pick up my new motorcycle trailer.

T3

Yes, this is my 3rd trailer in just over a year. If this doesn’t work out I’m putting training wheels on the bike and towing it with a nylon strap.

Trailer number 3 - The Baxley SB001.  Yes, that's a moonshine still in the background, every campsite should have one.
Trailer number 3 – The Baxley SB001 at my campsite in Ozark, Alabama. Yes, that’s a moonshine still in the background, every campsite should have one.

This one is a Baxley trailer which has a pretty unique loading mechanism. So far, so good.  I’m hanging here another few days to sell the old trailer on eBay where the bidding is way higher than I expected and there’s still a few hours left in the auction.  Then I’ll be heading to sunny rainy better be sunny Florida for a little time at the beach.