However, this begs a question: What do solar panels and dump stations have in common? Bear with me and I'll give you the answer.
We departed Ol' not-so-sunny Virginia Friday night after Marti escaped from her office. My Dad had already arrived, he and I had the Journey loaded and ready to rocket down the highway. As soon as Marti rolled in the driveway, she hustled to pack some clothes and away we went.
Because of the late hour, 7:45 PM, we decided to try and get a few miles under our belts before we called it a night. It worked out well, we drove a little over 100 miles and took Walmart up on their welcome mat and Wallydocked (like boondock, except you're at "Wallyworld", aka Walmart. This is also a derivative term like Moochdock, hanging out for free at a friend's or relative's driveway).
Morning dawned bright and sunny and after a bagel breakfast, off we headed.
We would have left earlier, but I couldn't find my sunglasses, it's been so long since I needed them, they got buried on the dashboard.
We made some pretty good time, racking up 550 miles before the day was done. My favorite co-pilot ran the road for a bit to give me (and my butt) a break from driving.
Of course we had to eat a good meal or two, dinner was at Cracker Barrel, and we enjoyed it.
When we're doing long travel days, we usually try and grab a good meal out, instead of trying to cook in the Journey, and boy was it good!
The end of the day found us overnighting at Flying J, and as I was feeding the Journey, I found this interesting device which leads back to the original question: What do solar panels and dump stations have in common?
It is a solar powered dump station. Huh?
If you recall, recently Flying J started to charge $10 to use their dump station. A person would have to go inside, pay the cashier the $10 and then dump their tanks. Evidently there were some cheats that didn't think that they had to pay and would dump-n-run.
Flying J bean counters, never to miss out on a penny, came up with this idea:
An electrically powered dump station valve, powered by the sun. The instructions are on the stand next to the valve, which tells you how to unlock it.
Yes, another interesting device brought to us by uncaring and negligent RVers who wore out the Flying J welcome by messing up their dump stations. Oh well, if you are a Flying J Real Value card member, you can dump for only $5.
Next stop, Branson, Missouri.
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