After two days of chillin’ in Naples, we hit the road this morning heading North along the Florida West coast. A lovely day, the sun was shining and the Journey purred along the highway.
Then it happened! Out of nowhere, we were attacked by a vicious “Gator”.
The truck in front of us ran over a large piece of a truck’s tire laying on the road, throwing it right in front of us. It was a split second and there was no where to maneuver even though I tired to move as far to the right as I could, but the Journey’s left front wheel hit it.
As we ran over the about six foot long piece of rubber, I heard it bounce underneath the Journey and then saw it being thrown out the side as the rear wheels ran over it. I slowed down and kept scanning the gauges looking for any signs of damage to the radiator like happened to Bill and Nancy's motorhome, but everything stayed in the normal range.
A little further down the road I pulled in to a Flying J to look over the Journey to see if there was any damage. There was a bit, a scuff mark on the compartment door behind the rear wheels,
a bent mud flap,
and a further scuff mark on the front left bumper of our toad.
I bent the mud flap back as best as I could, I’ll have to take it off to straighten it perfectly, a job for a later time. The scuff marks will buff out, so all in all, the gator attack left us with some superficial wounds.
It could have been worse, like we saw today as we traveled. At an RV dealership near the highway, there was a motorhome fully engulfed in flames on the lot, with motorhomes on each side of it burning as well. It was a reminder that even when some unexpected problem strikes you, it could have been worse.
We’ve stopped for two days in Cedar Key, Florida, we’ve had this place on our bucket list for a long time. We’re looking forward to enjoying this quant little town and getting a wee bit of rest. :c)
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