Daily Archives: June 22, 2018

Today: Not As Good As Yesterday . . .

As we had planned we pulled out of our site a little before 11am, heading for Byram, MS, just south of Jackson, and about 215 miles away.

Everything was going just peachy, until about 5 minutes before we were going to get back on I-10, the generator died, and of course taking the AC’s with it.

Now this happens occasionally, and in the past, after I waited a minute or so, it would restart and run just fine. But not today. Today sometimes it would just crank over with nothing happening. Then I’d wait 10-15 seconds, and this time it would almost catch, but not quite.

Actually it was acting like it had run out of fuel when the tank level got too low, but since we had 110 gallons in a 150 gallon tank, I don’t think it’s the problem. The generator fuel filter was just replaced a couple of months ago, and of course it ran perfectly all day yesterday. So since there wasn’t much I could do about it on the side of the road, we soldiered on, hot and sticky, but undaunted.

I continued to try it every now and then along the way, but just had a repeat of the above.

The only real slowdown along the way was the 45 minutes it took to get through Baton Rouge, starting a couple of miles before the bridge over the Mississippi. Both lanes grind to a halt and then we all creep along at about 1 mph, up and over the bridge, down the other side, and then up the hill to the right.

And it’s creep, creep, creep, all the way. And the reason for all this is perfectly obvious. It’s also perfectly obvious that some road design engineer needs to be b****-slapped. The entire slowdown, backing up and over the bridge is caused by the fact that they have two lanes going up the hill to the right. BUT, just as soon as you get to the top, the right lane becomes an immediate Exit Only off the Interstate. And the vast majority don’t want to exit there.

So they’re all fighting to get into the left lane, cutting off, and cutting in front of the left lane vehicles. And it doesn’t help that pretty much every other vehicle is an 18 wheeler.

They need to just get rid of that Exit Only lane and have one lane going up the hill and merging into the traffic from I-110/I-10. Yes, there would be twice as much traffic in the single lane, but I’d be willing to bet that it would move a lot faster without all the ‘cutting in’. But they didn’t ask me.

But they should. About a lot of  things.

We pulled into the Swinging Bridge RV in Byram right at 4pm, got directed to our long pull-thru, and got set up. As we did last night, we only hooked up power and water. We will hook up the sewer line tomorrow when we’re at the Tom Sawyer RV Park for two days so Jan can do laundry. And as last night we didn’t  set up the sat dish or TV either. But we will tomorrow night.

As soon as we were plugged in and the AC’s on, we jumped in the truck (with cold AC) and headed up I-55 and east onto I-20 and over to Brandon, MS, and the Sonny’s BBQ there.

We first ate at this one two years ago when we came back from Alabama this way, due to all the flooding along I-10 in Louisiana and Texas. There used to be another Sonny’s here a few years ago, but it closed, probably due to how the neighborhood had deteriorated.

Like most of our favorite places, Jan and I both have our favorite meals that we get time after time.

With Jan it’s a Pulled Pork Sandwich on Garlic Toast with BBQ Beans and French Fries.

Sonny's Pulled Pork Sandwich 2

And as for me, I always get the Pork 3 Ways Platter, with Sliced Pork, Pulled Pork, and Ribs, with BBQ, their really delicious Coleslaw, and Garlic Toast..

Sonny's Pork 3 Ways 2

Really great, and I had more than half left over to bring home.

One thing did puzzle us at Sonny’s though. They’re celebrating their 50th anniversary, from 1968 to 2018, but we both remember eating at Sonny’s when we were dating in the summer of 1967 in Titusville, FL. Sonny’s and Fat Boy’s were our two favorite BBQ places.

So is 1968 when the chain started, with just one location before that or what? I should have ask the waitress, but forgot.

I had planned to run the generator out and see if showed any error codes, but as we were coming home it started raining, then pouring down. So now our plan is just to leave early tomorrow, probably around 7am, to beat the heat, and then hopefully I’ll be able to check it out tomorrow or Sunday while we’re at the Tom Sawyer RV Park in West Memphis, AR.

Two Days, Two more BBQ places!

Thought for the Day:

Shouldn’t ‘Phonetically’ actually be spelled with an ‘F’. Otherwise what’s the point?


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