Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Monday, September 20, 2010

Final leg of the Summer Journey

I left Indiana for Kentucky on the 11th. Now those who know me, no that I rarely get away without some kind of problem and this time was no different. Just west of Indianapolis I had a strange feeling through my left foot. Lucky for me I was coming up to a rest area so I pulled in to see what was going on with my rig. All outward appearance looked fine....and then I opened the hood. One of my 6 volt "house batteries" was hanging by only its cables. The tray it sits on was completely rusted out. A really nice trucker put on his coveralls and tried to bungee it in place just long enough for me to get back to the TA truck stop. I waited 3 hours for the mechanic when another trucker noticed how long I was there and came over to help. He recommended that since I did not need the house battery to travel, to just take it out until a permanent solution could be made. He did that for me and I was able to be on my way. This is what the tray looked like bungeed in place.



With only one 6 volt battery connected, the 12 volt circuit does not work, therefore, the room slide would not go out. Not the end of the world, but tight living quarters.

I called ahead to a welder and he told me he would come over as soon as I arrived and give me an estimate. So onward I traveled.

This was taken at the AL Welcome Center.

I arrived at my site on Fri and the welder came right over. He gave me a written estimate and said he would do the job early the next week. It will be nice to spread out again and settle in for the winter.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Indiana Covered Bridges

Not far from my campground is a county known for the many covered bridges there. They have a brochure with all the bridges marked on a map. After riding around aimlessly for half an hour, I spotted a tourist information center. Thank goodness, or I would have never found any. She told me there are 5 different routes and the Red one started right behind the office. Each route is clearly marked with the color on signs with big white arrows. With written detailed directions in hand, off Maggie and I went.

The first covered bridge was off the main route down a graveled road. The Crooks bridge was built in 1856 and is still in use.

McAllister Bridge was visible from the road and was built in 1914.

Neet Bridge was built in 1904 and is no longer in use.

Bridgeton bridge is the newest bridge we came to. It was built in 2006 to replace the original bridge destroyed by arson.

We ended our ride when it started to rain and headed back to the campground. Last night we had a thunderstorm. Usually storms do not bother Maggie, but she was beside herself last night. She just would not settle down. Today, it is just beautiful. At first I thought it was raining, but it was the sound of wind blowing through the trees. It was a balmy 67 when we took our first walk.

More people are coming in to camp. Guess this is the last big weekend of the summer. They are having a "Little Italy" parade in Clinton tonight at 5pm. I will have to find out exactly where. The park invites all who have golf carts to ride in the parade with them. On Sat. they are have a breakfast and on Sunday-6 games of "Candy Bar" Bingo. Until next time................