2018: Dec 9-15

We don’t care that it was cold out …. the sun made a rare appearance this week and we took full advantage of it. We visited a famous location from Fried Green Tomatoes, had a merry old time in Santa Claus, Georgia (we passed on the fruitcake in Claxton though) and Abbey and Billie got their sea-legs at Tybee Island!

Most importantly, we finally got the furnace issue resolved!!

Links referenced:

Fried Green Tomatoes

Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours

BringFido

Jack’s RV Service

2018: Dec 2-8

After several weeks in Tennessee, we packed up and moved on towards Georgia. While we were in Hartsville, we purchased a 15 gallon portable waste tank that Russ had to figure out how we were going to secure it for transport. The bed of our truck is already full and due to the curve of the Little Guy Max in the back, we couldn’t find a way to secure it there. This tank does have grooves to aid in strapping it to the back of a typical RV (a photo showed it strapped to the ladder that goes to the roof), but since we don’t have that, we had to improvise. I have to hand it to Russ, he did a pretty good job and he not only shows how he did it in the video below, but why he did it the way he did.

Before we left there was something we just had to do. During our time in Hartsville, a gorgeous blue-gray longhaired cat had been frequenting our campsite. We checked around and he did not belong to anyone. He is incredibly friendly and rushed to greet us whenever we were around. While we were there, we had set up a box with blankets and bedding in it for him to keep warm as there weren’t any structures around for him to seek out warmth and we also fed him. We were sorely tempted to try take him with us, but there really wasn’t that much more room left in our 18 feet of living space to give him the home he deserved. My sister recommended the no-kill shelter in her area so we gave them a call. Thankfully, they were willing to take him in if we were able to pay a small intake fee – which we were happy to do. They tested him for feline leukemia (he tested negative) and said he should be up for adoption in about 10 days. Check their website out at New Leash on Life – they named him “Tex” since we are from Texas!

As we mentioned in our vlogs, we had been setting the torque to 110-120 ft/lbs per the instructions in our manual that we received when we purchased our Little Guy Max. We found out there was a bulletin released by Liberty Outdoors in August 2018 (Bulletin: Torque) that updated it with instructions to set it at 100 ft/lbs. Russ loosened all of our lug nuts and reset the torque to 100 ft/lbs. Our manual also states you should recheck your torque at 50-100-150 miles after you have changed your tire or removed lug nuts. Because we had just reset them, we pulled off at a rest stop for our first check – and several had moved.

Since we had a late start leaving Hartsville, we spent the night at the KOA in Manchester, Tennessee. As we got ready to leave the next morning, Russ did the second torque check and quite a few lug nuts needed to be adjusted. So glad he checked!!  We did our third check at a stop on our route to Georgia and the third check resulted in all lug nuts being fine. Whew!!

On our way to Acworth, Georgia, our friends Kate and KV recommended we stop by Georgia Winery. This place has so much more than great wine. They have fudge, jams, jellies, gift baskets, etc and they have free tastings daily. We purchased Scarlett for one of our upcoming Friday Night Wine livestreams!

As we pulled up to our destination in Acworth, we were greeted by our friends KV and Kate. They are fellow Little Guy Max owners – their LGM “Gypsy” is identical to our “Teddy”. We were able to entice Kate and KV to join us during our Friday Night Wine session and we had a blast. Sweet Abbey made a new friend and romped around with their dog, Sophie (a gorgeous 11-year-old Great Pyrenees). Little Billie does what she normally does and glued herself to my side.

We continued on to Atlanta where I have to be for a few days for work. We had been so busy we had been unaware of the winter storm, Diego, rolling through the southeast. We have become so accustomed to rain and cold weather that we just thought this was the norm, but apparently, Diego is a big deal. We are thankful we were able to be off the road to let the storm move on and the roads to clear up.

That’s all for now, stay safe!

-Kerry

2018: Nov 25-Dec 1

Week three in Tennessee…

In three weeks, we have had only two days with sunshine and nice weather. The leaves have all dropped and the rolling hills are mostly brown. Gray skies and cold air appear to be the norm at the moment. Determined not to let this dampen our spirits and knowing there is so much to explore and do here, we set out to make the best of it.

If you are ever in an area and are unsure of what to do, ask a local. We did just that and set our sights toward Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. (4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville, TN)

We took the VIP tour – this is the only one that allows photographs and video. Russ and I both agree it was totally worth it! It says it runs for 1.5 hours, but ours ran a little longer (around 2 hours) due to members of the group (ourselves included) asking questions. Our group only had 6 people in it – perfect size!

I believe I learned more about Andrew Jackson in that 2 hours than I did during all of my schooling growing up. And while I think it would have been nice to have seen The Hermitage during nicer weather, the bad weather did keep away quite a few people so we were able to enjoy it without large crowds.

Hermitage

The rest of the week was pretty quiet. We took the Battle of Hartsville Driving Tour. There are numbered markers along the route but no information and in most of the locations, very little room to pull off on the side of the road. We used the link above to map out the route and learn what each stop was about.  Some of the markers were tricky to find and as far as we could tell, nearly all of the structures mentioned are no longer standing. Even still, Russ and I learned a bit more about Civil War history and had fun for a few hours tracking down the locations and doing the research.

Am I the only one who had never been to a Waffle House before? Everyone I run into lately seemed amazed that I had never been to one. Russ and I found one not too far from where we have been staying so we went for breakfast one morning. I still don’t get all of the hullabaloo, but I found the food was good, served fast and everyone there was friendly. Would I go again? Sure. Will I go out of my way for it? Probably not.  Given that they seem to be everywhere around here, they have ensured that I will not be put in that situation.

I did go out of my way to get my flu shot. Last year I opted not to get one and wound up getting the flu while I was on business travel. I had to cancel my return flight because I was so weak I couldn’t make it to the airport and spent an entire week alone in my hotel room. It was the most miserable week ever.  If getting my shot this year puts the odds in my favor even just a little bit to protect me against it – or at the very least make it not as severe…I am happy to get the shot. As full-time RVers, we aren’t close to our regular doctor, but thankfully we were able to stop in at any Walgreen’s and get it taken care of.

We wrapped up the week with Russ cooking! He doesn’t cook a lot, but when he does, he makes spaghetti with meat sauce. It was a wonderful treat – I think i’m going to go back for seconds!