I only hooked up to electricity last night, so leaving wasn’t much of a problem except that I was plain tired. I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about the damage to my rig, will I be able to afford to get it fixed, and more importantly, how can I afford something smaller in its place.
I had planned to drive to Boise and then up the scenic byways through Idaho to the Sawtooth Range, over to West Yellowstone, and into Montana and ND, before going to Madison, SD for a few days. This morning I wrote the insurance agent in Madison to let him know of the damage to the rig, and advise me of how to handle it. I know they won’t pay for any water damage, but they should pay for the accidental damage to the rig itself. He probably won’t read his email until Monday, and I decided that I should stay off the byways and stay on the interstates so that I could get help if something major falls off the rig. I am driving I-84 to just east of Salt Lake City, and then picking up I-80 as far east as North Platte, NE, where I will turn north to SD.
It hasn’t been my best day. Twice I got off to fuel up only to find I couldn’t maneuver into the space allotted. In one instance I found myself in a dead-end space where the only way to get out was to back up. I DID IT! I eventually got fuel at a Flying J, and then tried to find an RV park to stay overnight. One was a city park on the Snake River but I just couldn’t get into the space, so again, I BACKED UP! Even the KOA I stopped at didn’t have the room that KOA’s usually have. I ended up in Declo ID at Village of Trees RV Park. What a place! The spaces are all long, pull through, and extra wide. An escort takes you to your space and helps guide you in. They actually have food and a well stocked store – for my dinner I got a pulled pork sandwich and fries, and I feel much better. In a few minutes I’m going to walk the dog down to the Snake River, which is one of the most beautiful rivers I’ve seem in the West.
I am seriously considering staying an extra night. I do dumb things when I drive while tired, and I obviously can’t afford any more dumb things.
So I don’t think I could do any major backing up into a tight space, but I won’t be paralyzed at the thought of having to go in reverse. What I need to do is to get out of the truck and visually check when I can’t tell from the mirror. By the time I feel confident I hope to have something I can feel good about driving, and it won’t be a fifth wheel!