Sweet Home Alabama . . .

Since we had another 300 mile trip today, we wanted to get an earlier than usual start at 9, so I was up at a little before 6:30 (this is getting to be a really bad habit.) to get things started.

After I got the coffee started, I went outside (it was 35 degrees!), stowed away the satellite dish and cables, and plugged in the engine block heater, then it was back inside to thaw out my frozen hands. I thought about warming them up by holding them to Jan’s feet, thus waking her up, but on second thought, I decided I wanted to live another day.

Renfro Valley RV

I hadn’t hooked up the toad last night because it would have stuck out in the street since our site was just long enough for the rig.

But after coffee and a breakfast sandwich, I went back outside to hook up and also add some air to a couple of tires. Also by this time Jan had had her shower so I disconnected and stowed away the water and sewer hoses.

After letting in the awnings, we were ready to go outside, except for disconnecting shore power.

And so, a couple of minutes after 9 we were on our way. We had a brief bobble coming through Somerset, KY and getting on the Cumberland Pkwy when we found that they had torn up the old road and built a completely new interchange without telling Margaret, our GPS program. She was just positive we were driving off the ends of the earth and should turn around and go back.

But we soldiered on, and about 100 miles later we met up with I-65 and headed south. Then just south of Bowling Green, KY we stopped for diesel at a Flying J.

Pulling into the RV diesel pumps I was happy to see a sticker on the pump saying that if you used a MasterCard you could pump $100 in one transaction, and if you used a Visa Card you could pump up to $495 in one transaction.

Great! No more having to go inside and stand in line. So I used my Visa Card, and my Flying J RV card, and started the pump.

Which almost immediately stopped at $75. Huh?

So it was off inside, where I stood in line, and when I asked about the $495 sticker, the young woman (blonde) said, ‘Oh, we don’t know anything about those stickers, or who put them there. People just keep asking us. But all the pumps stop at $75 no matter what card you use.”

Later checking on the Pilot-Flying J website, it also says you can pump $495 on a Visa Card.

What we have here is a failure to communicate.

We pulled into Northgate RV Travel Park, just off I-65 north of Athens, AL about 2:30. The park is owned by my uncle and his son, so it makes it very convenient when visiting all my relatives here.

We’ll be here for 3 nights before heading down to Gulf Shores on Sunday, and hopefully we’ll be able to get together with everyone while we’re here.


Thought for the Day:

“It is as absurd to say that a man can’t love one woman all the time as it is to say that a violinist needs several violins to play the same piece of music.” – Honoré de Balzac



2 Responses

  1. Must be a VISA rep put up those signs to get you to use their card.

  2. Could be. The clerk sure didn’t seem to know anything about it.


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