But the good news is that annoying leak at the anode rod near the hot water heater that dripped all the way down I-75 yesterday, somehow healed itself today. And the Roadtrek handled just fine, despite all that the weather and traffic threw against us.
I drove all 452 miles today. Jennifer is not yet comfortable enough with it to get behind the wheel But for me, today was a great confidence builder. I’m now used to the vehicle and how to drive it, using the extra wide angle side mirrors to check my blind spots. I think I’d like those mirrors on my regular vehicle back home.
I also learned not to get too close to big trucks, which create a slipstream effect that can really buffet the extra high profile of the RT and startle you if you are not expecting it.
The radio in the RT is a disappointment. Very poor sound quality. There is no way to plug my iPhone or iPod in, for music or, in our case, audio books, which we love to listen to as we drive. I plan to replace it when we get home.
We made the northern Alabama town of Gadsden tonight and are staying at a very nice campground that backs up the the Black Creek and the awesome 90-foot Noccalula Falls.
The falls drop itself has been run successfully in whitewater kayaks at least once in late November 2011 by three expert kayakers. The water level was unusually high permitting a deep enough pool to form at the base of the falls. Ordinary water levels would not form enough of a pool to consider an attempt to run the drop. Here’s a very cool YouTube video of them doing it.
Noccalula Falls,is marked with a bronze statueof Cherokee princess Noccalula who, according to local legends, plunged to her death after being ordered by her father to marry a man she didn’t love. The bronze statue of Noccalula was, at the time of its creation, the first statue of a person jumping off a cliff. The bronze used in the statue was made from pennies collected from local school children in the mid-1960s.
We pulled in right at sunset. I made the hookups to water and electricity quickly and Jennifer and I walked around the campground, looked at the falls in the dark (they illuminate it with a colored spotlight) and made our way to a nearby Subway for a late dinner.
We’re not cooking anything yet. In our haste to leave we forgot plates and cooking utensils.
It’s very humid tonight, although the rain has stopped. I have the fan running but we may need the AC.
Time for bed and hopefully a better drive tomorrow to meet up with family.