When I said I would not have computer access, it was true. I was a long way away from my computer and I don’t have WordPress on my phone. Besides the fact I didn’t want to spend too much time on anything technologically intrusive. I also have one hard,fast rule that I follow. Don’t advertise that I’m not going to be home. I share my adventures after the fact…like this one.
All that aside, let’s get down to the fun stuff. Where did we go? My son made reservations for us to go camping in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Okay, maybe not quite camping, but not so much glamping either. He has a medium size camper that he pulls behind his Dodge Charger. Its big enough to be comfortable, sturdy enough to be safe, and with all the methods of attaching of the necessities such as power, water and yeah, that. Pigeon Forge is approximately a four hour drive from here, with time added due to dragging a camper. We made the decision that he would haul the camper and I would follow in my jeep. That way he wouldn’t have to be hooking, unhooking his Charger from the camper. My Jeep Compass also gets much better gas mileage.
We got everything loaded up into the camper and were preparing to leave when my son did one last pre-trip check. (A left over from his truck driving dad) The lights on the left side of the camper were not working properly. He finally got them to work, but thought there was a problem with the wiring and for me to let him know if I so much as saw the light flicker. Since I was behind him and all.
For those who know me, the fact that I am about to follow behind my son for four hours, on the interstate, would be a surprise because it is so out of character for me. One, I rarely go further than the grocery store, though I have attended a couple jeep events. Two, I do not like to follow anyone because I never know what is going to happen. Three, I hate going anywhere alone. Even though technically I was only alone in the car and not on the trip. My son had to pull over once to fuel up and once when I called him-oh and I finally learned how to use that voice activated feature, I’ve only had the car three years-but I had to tell him that a cover on top of the camper had come open. It looked like a sail trying to catch the wind. He pulled over, got it closed and off we set again. I later found out it was the vent for the bathroom.
My son had got the maps on the phone set up so ever so often it would speak to me. Other than that, and the normal road sounds, it was quiet in the car. But, that was okay because it helped me focus better on my driving. And watching the camper occasionally sway madly when he was side drafted or the wind caught it just right. The moment I was watching an eighteen wheeler passing me in a lane going up a mountain and the camper drift across the line I was begging the truck driver, “don’t hit him don’t hit him” he not only didn’t hit him, he backed way off. Now, going up a steep incline may have played a large part in that but I can’t help but still see that truck getting way too close for comfort to that camper.
At one point we pull off the interstate and start down a country road. After we drove for a while I called and asked him where we were going. “Um, Pigeon Forge. This route will take us straight to the camp ground.” ah, okay. I will argue that-straight to it- line as we went so far on this road to turn left onto that road only to turn right onto another and go so far to turn left then so far and turn right and..have mercy. I was so glad when we pulled into that camp ground.
I watched as he backed into the spot he had reserved and began the set up process. He got everything rigged up as it should be then went and checked in. We had arrived, safe and sound as one could be after driving so fast, for so far. The main thing keeping my son’s driving in check was that camper. He came back with two paper tags to hang from the rear view mirror. Which was fun considering that it wasn’t meant for the type mirror that is in my Jeep. But, we got it to work and that was all that mattered.
Once we had rested a bit, we hit the big box store, then planned on finding somewhere to eat. I have a cap that has emblazoned across the front, “Faith over Fear” Even though the thought of driving that far had me nervous, I trusted that my son wouldn’t run off and leave me and that God would take care of us on this adventure. An adventure that was just beginning.