Late Fall of 2006 found me heading south to the Lonestar Rally in Galveston, Texas. This trip would really break me in on long distance trips. Before I would return home I would learn some of those "hard" lessons that I have not forgotten. But, before I get sidetracked here is the 1500 mile PA-TX route I took:
Day 1: PA-Chattanooga,TN, I81-I75
Day 2: TN-Lafayette,LA I75-I59-I12
Day 3:LA-Texas I12/I10
Returning went something like this:
Day 1: Texas-Meridian,MS
Day 2: MS-Bristol,TN
Day 3: TN-Home
So, Day 1 I left the house in the dark because it was Fall-I made it to Martinsburg,WV without hitting any deer! Always a bonus!
LESSON #1: Crackle Barrels don't open until 6AM.
I waited around for about 20 minutes before I learned this valuable lesson.
Once I was done I lit the wick quickly forgetting LESSON #2: Pace yourself on long-distance/high mileage days, that lead to LESSON #3: Know your machine's fuel capacity. So, I ran out of gas on I81 somewhere around Woodstock, VA. Thankfully a guy on his way to work took pity on me. That lead to LESSON #4: If you are low on fuel get it when you can!Now, the rest of my day was uneventful. I spent the night at a Best Western in Chattanooga.