My first Wal-Mart camping experience. What a hoot! I got here about an hour ago after several missteps which I’ll get to in a minute. Right now I'm watching a beautiful sunset. Over Radio Shack. LOL!
Awoke at 3 AM this morning to discover that my head had frozen. So it’s true that the heat pump is ineffective below certain temps. I’m not sure how cold it was but the unit was churning out cool air. So I activated the furnace and fell into a toasty slumber. I find I actually prefer the furnace; it emits a comforting hum as opposed to the overhead unit’s Lockheed engine noise.
Spent the morning lolling about cradled by the 360-degree view of trees in my campsite. It was too cozy to think about doing much! But it was 38-degrees with full-on sunshine and a nice day for a bus ride!
Arrived at the Blow Fly Inn in Gulfport, MS right before noon.
|We are Community Coffee zealots. Turns out they made good tea too.|
I have wanted to experience this place since I saw it years ago on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
The shrimp and grits didn't last long. Lots of creamy goodness with the crunch of the fried grit cake.
After hearing my travel plans, the nice waitress gave me some complimentary banana pudding and french bread slices which I will have dinner tonight. A dinner of …. wait for it …. she-crab bisque. I’m so glad I went; it was a unique dining experience – one that I would never have known about if not for DD&D.
After lunch, I filled the tank ($3.07) and got in line on the interstate for 237 miles. A nice day to be on the road – sunny in the 50’s. I’m enjoying the Bryson audio-book so much. It's fun to belly laugh at 70 miles per hour! And it's so touching when he talks about his sweet, pathologically absent-minded mother.My gas mileage continues to improve. When I bought the GDB, the onboard computer was reading 13.3 MPG. I’m up to 13.9 now and feel it is destined to increase further. I sometimes think the previous owners drove exclusively in gridlock, with full tanks, uphill all the way.
I was longing for a nice hot shower tonight and intended to stay in a campground. However, the one on my route that was reasonably priced turned out to be16 miles down a road that looked and felt as if it were recently bombarded by meteors. We know from living here for 4 years that LA, of all the states, has the worst roads. (As residents, we were actually in favor of a property tax hike in order to improve the roads). So I turned around quickly – I just couldn’t do that to the Good Deal Bus!
Next, I called the mega-Bass Pro Shop nearby but they don’t allow overnight parking. Then I followed a sign to a Casino. The Casino was rather a dump. Looks like a place that loses money. Hmmmm... maybe I should have stopped.
The sun was getting low by this point so I opted for a Lafayette Wal-Mart. My GPS uncharacteristically misguided me to the first WMT (which didn't exist). The next one I tried was in a very seedy area.
The third looked questionable too. I was about to leave when a Class A pulled into the lot and parked near the back. I knocked on the door and a very nice man assured me that it was, indeed safe, and that he would be right there if I needed anything. He also mentioned that tomorrow AM, when I wake up, we will have 3 or 4 other overnighting neighbors.
|My first overnight at Camp Wal-Mart|
Later, these folks pulled in.
|Bet they've got an interesting story.|
I probably won’t sleep much tonight. But it will be an adventure. A free adventure!
I hear sirens nearby. I’ll have to fire up my police scanner app and monitor the action. Looks like the low is only supposed to be in the low-to-mid 40s, so if I bundle up with all my bedding, I may not even need the furnace.But I’m determined to stop earlier tomorrow and get that nice hot shower!