It Really Works!

With a 300+ mile trip in front of us today, we were up about 6:30am and pulling out of our site at Colorado River a little before 9, with our first stop right down the road at the
Colorado County Oil Co to fill up with diesel at $2.14 a gallon for 122 gallons.




Jan had followed me in the truck, so we hitched up while we were filling up, and were on our way about 9:30. We would have probably left even earlier, but it’s a fine line between leaving early and leaving so early that we run into Houston traffic since we were going through downtown Houston and out the other side.

But apparently we timed it just fine because we held 60mph all the way through town except for a couple of short slowdowns. Coming out the other side and into Baytown we made a breakfast stop at the Buc-ee’s there.

After stocking up on both breakfast and sweet kolaches and a couple of their great Orange Cranberry muffins we were back on the road with our next planned stop at the rest area as we entered Louisiana.

Since it was under reconstruction last year when we came through, I checked the state website which said it was now open. They were WRONG.

It wasn’t even close. In fact it was completely torn up, but we found a nearby pullout for our potty break.




We took the Breaux Bridge exit and pulled into the Poche’s Fish ‘N Camp RV Park about 4pm. After getting everything set up except for satellite we headed out to have dinner at Pont Breaux (nee Mulate’s).

Pont Breaux

Under the Mulate’s name, we’ve eaten here for more than 30 years until the family sold it in 2011 after their mother, the founder, died.

Jan got a cup of Seafood Gumbo, and an order of Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce,

Pont Breaux Crab Cakes

while I got my usual bowl of Seafood Gumbo

Pont Breaux Gumbo 2

which comes with potato salad and bread.



And of course we couldn’t leave with finishing up with their bread pudding with whiskey sauce, and a cup of Community Club coffee with Chicory.

Pont Breaux Bread Pudding 2

A great meal.

On the rig AC front, it turns out that my recent air deflector install really worked after all. And it was working the other day too. Or at least it would have if we hadn’t been streaming 95° air right into the coach.

Turns out the dash air vent had popped off the Recirculate setting so just hot air was coming in. Now I always keep those vents turned off on my side anyway, and Jan just had hers on her feet so she really didn’t notice it at the time either.

We did discover the problem on our trip over from Lake Conroe this past Sunday and turned it off, but then the generator stopped when we got too low on diesel, so we never got to see it that was the problem.

But having it turned off today fixed the problem and we were cool the whole way.

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Tomorrow we’ve got about a 240 mile run to Theodore, AL, so not quite as long a day.

Nice.



Thought for the Day:
 

“Government always pays above-average prices for below-average work.” 

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3 Responses to It Really Works!

  1. Len says:

    I saw a van yesterday, and I immediately thought your a/c air flow problems. The roof was sloped like the top of an airplane wing, and extended straight back about 4″ past the rear window/door, similar to what you have done, except yours appears to extend out about 3 times further past the inlet a/c louvers. Apparently, when the air flows over the roof and extended roof, it immediately curls downward, resulting in the rear end of the vehicle being uniformly covered with air and associated dust. It was so uniformity covered with dust, you could hardly the rear window even existed. So, if your plexiglass extension becomes a problem, I believe you can get as good or better air flow by shorting it’s length. I like your innovation. Best wishes.

    • gregwhite says:

      Len,

      Right now the extension seems to be doing its job, so for now I’m going to leave it alone.

      Thanks for reading our blog. We appreciate your comments.

      Greg

  2. Bill says:

    The germans understand how important it is to prepare the substrate B4 the top surface (usually concrete), I. E. the autobahn.  In america, it’s all about cost.  Poor prep, and crappy roads is our result.  It’s a shame, as in a 50 year timespan, we end up spending far more to maintain a similar surface.  Proper planning prevents piss-poor performance. The 6 P’s of mechanical engineering.

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