I made the 365 mile drive to Myrtle Beach yesterday from Haymarket, VA. I finally arrived and was set around 8pm last night but I wouldn’t say it was the smoothest day I’ve had on the road so far.
It started out really good. I got hitched up and on the road by 8:15. My goal was 8am and I’m usually about an hour behind so I was really happy with 8:15. I also took a back way out that my friends had told me about so I missed all of the Northern Virginia rush hour traffic that my GPS was trying to send me into.
The drive was smooth and then I started looking for a gas station. I saw a sign for a Pilot WITH a Five Guys restaurant attached (my favorite burger place) so I planned on stopping there. I pulled in, followed the sign for RV services and was able to dump my tanks and take some weight off. Then I tried to get gas. The pumps were diesel even though it said gas. So I pulled around to get the dogs out and asked someone. Well only 1 pump on the end was gas. I walked the dogs and pulled around to the pump. It was on the wrong side and the hose was too short. I pulled around to where the cars would go but now I was at a Shell and not a Pilot anymore. I had a Shell rewards card too but the pump wouldn’t take it so I had to go inside. Finally got gas and pulled around to the Five Guys and the line was really long. Thankfully, my friends had given me a 12 pk of Pepsi, a cheese stick and a banana before I left. I was supposed to be my breakfast but I had put it all in the trailer so it ended up being my lunch and I was glad to have it.
The drive was long, flat and uneventful until we rolled into Myrtle Beach. I realized I would have to stop for gas again so I started looking for gas stations I could pull into as there were no more truck stations. I finally found one and of course the pump wouldn’t take my card so I had to go in again. I hate doing this with the dogs in the car but I had no choice and locked the car. Now I was all gassed up and on the road again.
I was sitting in rush hour traffic when this guy gets my attention and says “you have something sticking out of the inside of your trailer tire”. I thanked him and thought well I’ve gone this far and I’m almost there so I’ll check it out when I get there. Then I drive past a Firestone Store and thought maybe I should stop but I was past it already. Then another guy gets my attention and says “you need to pull over and check your tire now”. I pulled into a CVS and saw cars driving past out the back. It was a service road that took me back to the Firestone Store. The guy came out and I told him what everyone was saying so we looked around but didn’t see anything. I pulled up and we still didn’t see anything. We were standing there talking and I was getting ready to leave when we both saw it at the same time. This huge bubble sticking out of the sidewall. So his guy came out and put the spare on and he said “just tip my guy as we have no way to write this up”. So I gave him 20 bucks and a big thank you.
While they were changing the tire this guy came over to meet the dogs. I thought he was the store manager but he turned out to be a dog lover. He was telling me there was a much easier way for RVs to come in so I asked him if I could still get over to the road he was talking about. He said, yeah, just take a right at the next light and go down there. He saved me sitting in about 15 miles of lights and rush hour traffic.
We made it to the campground and I went up to my site. I had to back in on my blind side and my neighbor happened to be sitting outside so I asked him if he would help me. He was great and I got backed in quickly. I set up the electric, dog ramp, took the slides out and turned on the ac. I got the dogs out for a quick walk and I see a sign that says 300 (my site) with no trailer in it. So I turn around and look at the sign on my site and sure enough he backed me into the wrong site. I called the office hoping I could just switch but no luck and my neighbor wasn’t there anymore.
Then miraculously, he shows back up and I tell him what happened so I had to pack everything back up, load the dogs back up and move to my site. This was the last thing I wanted to do after such a long day. Now it was 7pm I was starving, the dogs were hungry and I had to still set up all over again. I got it done by flashlight in the end but I’m here safely and all set up. I feel very lucky and I know all the greyhound angels at the bridge were watching over me all day.