2016 Travels travel blog

Carpes boondocking in Crestview FL Wal*Mart parking lot

I 12 & I 10 in Slidell, LA

We enter Mississippi east of Slidell

And then we entere Alabama

I 10 in Alabama

Downtown Mobile

Approaching the I 10 tunnel in Mobile

Entering the I 10 tunnel
No, Bob did not blow the horn...

Welcome to Florida

This used to be a semi tractor
Diesel fires can be pretty nasty

Wed, 24 Feb: Following the storm, a long-ish day...

As described in yesterday's post, the storms cleared the north lake area by bedtime last evening so we were able to sleep without worry. That said, we awoke to winds that were rocking the coach and driving wind chills to uncomfortable levels. Motorhomes are not very well insulated so windy conditions really tax the heating system.

We took our time getting ready as the winds were forecast to settle down as the day progressed. We weren't too worried about driving in these winds as they were from the west, which would be right on our tail. Heck, they might even give us a push and improve our fuel economy.

Sandi rolled wheels out of the Fontainebleau State Park at ten sharp. East on US 190 to LA 434 north to I 12 and then east. At Slidell we reconnected with I 10 and into the state of Mississippi. In short order we were crossing into Alabama where we stopped for a diesel fill in Theodore, a few miles west of Mobile. Again, the tank wasn't empty but diesel is at least 20¢/gallon more in Florida, so why not?

We had an effortless drive thru Mobile and the tunnel under the ship canal. Just across the Florida line we stopped at the Welcome Center for lunch. Another fifty miles brought us to Crestview where we'll be spending the nite boondocking at the Wal*Mart.

Today's run was 226 miles with an overall fuel economy of slightly north of nine mpg. Yeah tailwind!

At this point we have about 450 miles to go and four days to do so. We'll be juggling our schedule with some short (and easy?!?) days ahead of us.

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