The wind started last night – so much so that I had to bring my slides in – and that makes for very tight living quarters.
Then the thunder and lightening started. I don’t know if Bennie is more terrified of the sound of the thunder or the sound of the pounding rain on the roof.
My little guy is not much of a cuddler – he likes his own space. But when he’s scared he can’t get close enough to me. So I got him on the couch with me and covered him with a quilt. It helped him a little.
The wind was still very high this morning but despite that, I looked up the next Wal-Mart on my route and it was only 40 Miles away. It was NOT pleasant driving as the winds kept trying to rip the steering wheel from my hands.
Once I reached there, had something to eat etc. I looked up the next Wal-Mart and that was only 68 Miles away. I decided to go for it.
About 1/2 way I heard this loud BANG – well actually it was more like a very loud THUD. After I recovered from a HEART ATTACK, I immediately looked at my new Tire Monitoring System (that I don’t quite trust yet) and it wasn’t warning me of anything.
I glanced at the two side mirrors and saw nothing. A few minutes later another LOUD THUD. HOLY CRAP !! What is it ??
I got off the Interstate as quickly as possible and got out to check the tires, under the rig etc. etc. I couldn’t see anything wrong.
Back on the Interstate again I go and within a few minutes another LOUD THUD. WTF !!?? Thankfully there was a Rest Stop 1 Mile away so I pulled off again. I got up on the roof this time to check things out. Now remember it’s VERY WINDY as I’m crawling around on the roof. Too windy to even stand up.
I noticed a screw had come off one of the A/C’s covers so I climbed back down to get some bungee cords to secure it until I could do a more permanent solution.
Problem solved - Back on the Interstate again. Minutes later another LOUD THUD !! Off the Interstate again and I gathered numerous different things and shoved them in my pockets, to secure whatever the hell was loose up there. Did I mention how COLD it was !!
I figured the bungee cord had perhaps come off ? NOPE. I crawled around the entire roof and checked everything. Nothing (other than the AC I had already secured) was loose.
These THUDS were very intermittent – not constant nor consistent. And I have no idea what was causing the noise ??
I drove the remaining few miles and when the THUDS happened I tried to zero in where they were coming from. Best I could tell was just ABOVE me around the slide-out area which is just behind the driver’s seat.
Even though it was only just after Noon, I pulled into Wal-Mart, at Sweetwater, TX never so relieved to get off the Highway.
The wind kept up quite badly the rest of the afternoon but no THUDS. So whatever it was only happened when I was driving.
Tomorrow the weather is going to be MUCH more agreeable – back into the 70’s. So before I get on the road I’ll go over everything again.
I’m also going to look for a place around Abilene, TX to pull in for a few days. The weather is going to be nice and I still have almost a full month to get back to Canada.
Anybody know of a place in that area ??
Never a dull moment when Sassy’s On ‘Da Road huh !!