The Best Laid Plans: Part One

As I have mentioned before, things rarely go as we have planned. Our quick stop for an oil change in Bowling Green turned into almost an entire day ordeal. Waldo, as lovely as he is, decided that he did not want to start on Tuesday morning. If he wouldn’t start, we couldn’t get him in for his oil change. So, we sat. And we thought. And we fumed. Just a little bit. What were our options?

While Camping World does not do engine work, they did have a mechanic come out and he told us our starter was bad. Rob was more than able to replace the starter, but he couldn’t fit underneath Waldo, and we did not have the ability to lift him. We could have him towed, but after a musical circle of phone tag with insurance, we decided that would be way more trouble than it was worth, especially since nobody seemed to know what was covered and what wasn’t. Next option: mobile repair.

After a quick call to a recommended repair service, we decided that this would be our best option. So we waited. And waited. I am sure it was not nearly as long a wait as it felt, but since we were dead in the water and frustrated, it seemed like an eternity. But alas, he showed up, squeezed his way under Waldo, replaced the starter and was on his merry little way. And we, with a noticeably lighter wallet, were ecstatic to hear Waldo running. Camping World was even able to fit him in for an oil change and propane fill, even though it was much later than planned.

By late afternoon, Waldo was ready to go, and we decided that it was still early enough to head for Nashville. We planned out our target truck stop and hit the road.

Our planned stop was full.

So was option two.

Option three was closed for construction.

Option four was non-existent. Or at least it was successfully hiding from us.

By the time we found a place to park for the night, we were already 30 miles past Nashville. So much for spending a few days there. We were feeling a little defeated, so we decided to wait until morning to come up with a new game plan.

After some much-needed rest, we decided to head on down the road to Knoxville…