Anyone who knows me in real life knows I do EXTENSIVE research on all things I undertake!
Here’s a list of our five slap-your-forehead moments – or completely not on my radar to even research – or plain old blunders!
#1 – Which states take which toll transponders! You would think with how much ground we’ve covered on our motorcycles we would already know this, but I can honestly say we’ve NEVER received a ticket or fee in the mail for our bikes! Somehow I don’t think Texas is going to let us get away unnoticed with an extra three axles – LOL! Tried to pay online, but everything says they’ll send us an invoice via mail. *cringe*
#2 – That a 2500 lb D ring can break when only securing 1600 lbs of motorcycles. Ouch! This country’s highways need a lot of work – and the torque force on the backend of a bouncing 46′ toy hauler is more than I care to calculate. Or inferior D ring – who knows. They’ve been replaced and the minor boo-boos have been kissed.
#3 – How much goatheads hurt – for us and the dog! No, not actual goat heads! Nasty little thorns that come off a plant and make walking across a room of legos seem like a walk in the park! We ran across these little suckers in Washington, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, and Texas! They are very sharp – and they stick! If the dog steps on one you have to stop and get it out for them or they start limping pretty quickly. Todd is never barefoot normally – and I’ve learned not to be either once we spot one in an area! Actually, I had read about these little suckers before we hit the road – I just didn’t give them enough credit – LOL!
#4 – How many people don’t know how to merge with large vehicles when entering a highway – and how many people won’t let you move over to allow emergency vehicles on the side of the road more room. ‘Nuff said.
#5 – Don’t plan an overnight stop in a Bass Pro parking lot (perfectly legal if you call ahead) on Black Friday – LOL! I wasn’t even thinking it was Black Friday, much less about how crowded their parking lot would be – and that they would be staying open late…keeping the lot full! *smacks forehead*!
The PLUS of all this is, of course, being mobile in our rolling home to experience all these things 🙂