Ed & Marilyn 'The Happy Wanderers' travel blog


What a day we had today! I don’t mean that in a good way either!

We had a problem getting hooked up and it took awhile for me to resolve that issue. Then, as we pulled out of the site we were in, my Pressure Pro system beeped insistently to alert me to the fact that one of the RV tires was down to 71 PSI. I had all of them between 115 and 120 PSI just a few days ago.

I pulled the RV up close to a power pole in the parking area, where they have a series of electrical outlets for people to use.

I then had to work hard to get the air compressor out of its storage area in the very front of the RV. We were still hooked up to the truck.

I attempted to air that tire and heard a steady hissing sound coming from the valve stem.

To shorten a long story, I changed the tire, putting the spare on and putting the bad tire in the bed of the truck.

Simply put, there is no where in a small town to have a tire repaired on a Sunday.

Our choices were to continue with our plan to drive to Sikeston, MO today, or to return to a spot in the campground and have the tire repaired on Monday, then leave on Tuesday. That would require a changing of all the reservations, and leaving out the stop in Natchez.

We chose to leave as planned, although our departure would be at 10:00 rather than at 7:30 AM.

I did a quick check of the air pressure in the spare tire and found it to be only 94 PSI.

I then pulled the RV around and up close to the maintenance shed where I dragged the air compressor out and aired the spare tire to the correct pressure.

In case you are wondering, I had already stored my own air compressor and put things away.

We finally pulled away from the Mark Twain Cave Complex at 10:00 AM and arrived at the Hinton RV Park in Sikeston right at 2:30 PM.

When we got out of the truck we discovered that the “Broom Mud Flap” assembly had broken in half. We were lucky that it didn’t come completely apart while we were driving. It could easily have damaged the RV, Marilyn’s car, or an innocent driver of another car.

Since we had not eaten all day, we drove to Lambert’s (Home of the Throwed Rolls), but found that a wait of 45 minutes to an hour, just to get in, was required.

The BBQ place which was our second choice was closed on Sundays.

What can I say??? LOL

We are now all set for the evening. Our plan for tomorrow is to have the tire fixed and then continue on to the Tom Sawyer RV Park in West Memphis, AR.

It is nice to be on the road again, and the rocky start we experienced today is the exception rather than the rule.

We are optimistic that tomorrow will be better, and we are sure that Life is Good!



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