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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gag A Maggot

Just like you don’t have control over who moves in next to you or occupies an adjacent campsite by you, you don’t have a choice in who pulls in next to you when you’re fueling up your RV.

We had a bummer of a night with extremely heavy rains beating down on the roof of the Journey, even though we had a nice quiet spot behind a Cracker Barrel.  So much water came down, it somehow found its way into the Journey around a slide seal that we never had a leak in before.  To make matters worse, the water dripped onto Marti’s Kindle and drowned it.   Dead.  Major bummer. 

We “paid” for our overnight stay by having breakfast in the Cracker Barrel before we headed out.  Suitably filled we got back on the road by 10 am.

I ran the Journey’s fuel tank down much further than I usually do, I like to fuel up when the gauge needle hits 1/2, but I ran it all the way down to just about 1/4.  That necessitated a longer than normal visit to the fuel pump at the Flying J we stopped at.

Pulling up at the next fuel pump to us was a truckload of…pigs!

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I started gagging, and well as everyone else at nearby pumps.  And with my luck, I had to hold the fuel nozzle with my hand to keep the flow of diesel into my tank, the nozzle latch had been removed.

I watched through tear soaked eyes, people at a nearby picnic table outside the store flee into the store.  I had to wonder how any person can drive a truck like that.  Whatever they pay those drivers, it’s not enough!  That smell is enough to gag a maggot…

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, a second truck full of pigs pulled in right behind the first one.  I had to really fight to keep down my breakfast. 

Finally the tank was full and we headed out to the highway faster than I think we’ve ever done before.  Probably faster than a pace car at the Indy 500.

Just another little “joyful” experience in life on the road.  I may never eat bacon again…

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24 comments:

  1. I was going to ask if you had bacon for breakfast...

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  2. Oh no - a leak and the kindle. Good heavens that's terrible. As for the piggies. I guess Miss Piggie wasn't among them. I feel sorry for you but even sorrier for them. They don't get to zoom off. They have to live in that crap.

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    1. But not for too much longer, I think they were on the way to become bacon, ham and spam.

      New Kindle Paperwhite already ordered on Amazon. Love Internet shopping! :c)

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  3. So, you were not as happy as a pig in mud??? Is that what you were trying to tell us? ;)

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  4. The secret of being a pig hauler is to keep moving. When I was driving I never did appreciate them parking beside me either.

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  5. Oh man. Nothing quite like pig sh*t. We have Maple Leaf foods about 3 miles from here, and once in a while if you happen to be filling up at the gas station across the street, it does tend to *drift across*. Gah.
    At least you got out of there. Sucks about the kindle, but at least there are more in the stores.

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  6. When we lived on the farm a little over a decade ago one of our neighbors was a pig farmer. Luckily the wind seldom blew from their direction. I visited once when I found a lost runt piglet that they "said" wasn't one of theirs. What I saw about how major pig farmers house their animals just broke my heart. Clean...but so crowded mom could barely move or really bond with her piglets at all. It looked like torture.

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  7. at least those piggies were 'short lived neighbours?'

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  8. How funny! Well, not the leak or the kindle. I hope the leak was a fluke and didn't damage anything but the kindle! We raised hogs too. Yes, their poop is smelly, but MMmmm bacon from your own hogs is unbelievable!

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  9. I'm amazed that you stood there and endured that smell instead of just pumping what you needed and moved on down the road.

    I'm on a first name basis with Amazon so I know exactly what you're talking about.

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  10. Sad for the pigs. Pigs are smarter than dogs.

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  11. Too bad about the kindle, good reason to get a new one.
    Us living in the country and staying at a Dairy farm for about 7 summers, with a pig farm next door, you do adjust to the smell eventually.
    The smell that bothers us most is the smog in the cities.

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  12. Nothing- I mean nothing - smells as bad as pigs. Bummer about the kindle- call Amazon they may give you a deal on a new one.

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  13. Oh my ... but just think; those trucks could have pulled in on either side of you for an overnight stay ;-)

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  14. I always feel sorry for animals being transported. Especially pigs. They experience fear too, and being cramed into a truck in their own shit is not natural. Same for cows at feed lots. And yet I keep eating meat.

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  15. "Must be a city boy"
    That smell is nothing compared to liquid pig "fertilizer", sprayed on fields in early springtime! No, you don't want to smell it.

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  16. Oh the joys of "earthy" smells. I grew up in farming country and actually got used to most of those smells from the stock yards. But I sure don't want to be around them now.

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  17. Just another adventure. Why do these things only happen to you.

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  18. Thanks for the chuckle :) Glad it was short term and not an overnighter!
    Glad to see Marti has a new Kindle on the way. Drowned Kindle is considered an emergency :)

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  19. Paul, put the kindel in a large zip lock bag filled with dry rice. leave it for a day or so, if it work you have a back up kindle. if not only out the cost of the rice.

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  21. We parked next to a load of some animal at a Flying J one night. I thought it was pigs, but now I can't remember. Must have blocked it from my memory :) Sorry to hear about Marti's Kindle. Thank goodness for internet shopping in your jammies!

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  22. I'm still wondering what you had for breakfast at the Cracker Barrel? It couldn't have been bacon and eggs or you'd never have kept that bacon down!

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  23. Yuck.. that is disgusting!!!

    Sorry to read about the dead kindle ;o((

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