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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I Tried

After making great headway in my battle to defeat PDD (Paul Dahl Disorder - driving too many miles in one day) I failed...miserably. 

Everything was stacked against me, we were up early, it was a beautiful, sunny day and traffic was very light.  The roads were smooth and the fuel tank was full.  How could I stop driving after a few puny miles?

So I drove 366 miles.  We stopped for the night at a Super Walmart in Conway, Arkansas.  After asking and getting permission from the store's customer service desk, we committed what some in the RV world consider a sacrilege.  We went way over in a wide open corner and opened our slides.  :cO

We've been having periodic troubles with our Sprint MiFi and last night it decided not to connect to the Internet.  Despite the best actions of my personal geek (Marti) and Sprint Customer Service, it refused to cooperate.  The Sprint rep said we'd have to take it to a Sprint repair center.  Lucky for us, there is one in Branson, MO, our destination for the next two weeks.

Today, another sunny, warm day, we drove the last 146 miles (see, I CAN do it!) and plopped down in the Escapees Turkey Creek Campground.  A nice site, FHUs and 50 amps for $18.50/night, how can you not like it?  After setting up our site, we hoofed off to the Sprint repair center, where our MiFi worked perfectly.  And continues to work just ducky.

Sometimes, you can't win.  This time we did, I guess.  The MiFi works great and we weren't charged for a half hour of the technicians time.  Maybe the stars aligned again?

Now a day to relax, do a little sprucing up on the inside of the Journey and I'm allowed to wash its outsides.  Can't wait.  :c)

Friday afternoon, Marti's sister Gail and my dad fly in for the next ten days of enjoying Branson's finest shows.  It'll be fun, Branson is a great place to visit.  (Yes, Diana, we saw SIX last year and it was amazing!)

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.

14 comments:

  1. PDD can easily be overcome by breaking the stranglehold of the interstate highway system and diverting to the two lane roads. You will find that America travels on the interstate system, but America lives on the two lane roads. So much more to see and do you'll have to slow down.

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  2. Whew! Good plan to get to Turkey Creek when you did. A flock of Escapees will be heading that way from here in Sedalia soon!

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  3. enjoy your stay in Branson!!..I am sure there will be many blogworthy events!

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  4. We just spent a couple days in Branson a couple weeks ago. Seen some pretty funny shows. We especially liked a new comedy group Paul Harris and the Cleverlys. Tickets are cheap and was good clean fun.
    We always try to leave our campground early and never seem to be able to get away before 10am, sometimes noon. So we have not drive to long so we can get a decent spot before you early birds get them all.

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  5. Was in Branson many moons ago, nice area, but touristy :-) I refuse to comment on PDD. Our first week we will be driving 300 miles per day to get to South Dakota :)

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  6. It takes some time to make a change stick!! We all drift back to familiar habits...but with time and continual practice PDD will be only an occassional splurge. Kinda like Cheesecake;o))

    Have a great time in Branson!!!!!

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  7. I think Shoeless Joe makes a good point ...one we should follow too. Enjoy Branson!

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  8. You have got to learn to slow down and take it easy!!! That's a lot of driving.

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  9. First you fall off the wagon, and then you open your slides?? Tsk Tsk!!

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  10. First all those miles and then making joyful plans to wash the coach, it may be time for an intervention:)

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  11. On our list to visit one of these days...have fun and we look forward to reading about your adventures in Branson!

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  12. Most of us do exactly what you do at Walmart. There are some, however, who feel it's their job to set the no-slides rules but it's not Wal-mart. I'm thinking 366 is a good day's drive.

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  13. Hey, I'm okay with slideouts, just so you don't put out the grill and lawn chairs. Good luck with the MiFi. We had a Verizon 5-spot that refused to work every once in awhile and the second time I called to complain, I got an amazing tech support person who sent me a new one (free) with a prepaid mailer to send the old one back. Hot diggity!

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