From Madison, VA to Locust, NC
Aug 19, 2006
Oct 30, 2006
The other thing I want to state from the beginning is that while I can drive a stick shift, I'm not great at it. I've only had one manual transmission car in my life and I burned the clutch up in it. So, if the clutch does go out on this trip, I take full responsibility. That being said, I'm hoping not to have to drive so much that that happens - know what I mean? But, the trailer is pretty easy to haul, so other than worrying about burning up the clutch and hauling without the Equal-i-zer(tm) hitch, I'm doing fair to middlin'.
We got to my sister's farm in Locust around 10pm and elected to stay in the trailer for the first night. Shannon has two new barn kittens:
who slept with us because we left the door open. That's right, I cheated on my kids the first night out.
But they were SO cute!!!!
We start the day off with my mom and I chastising Chris about how it's not a good idea to make 90 degree angles when hauling a trailer. You probably have a good idea how not a good idea that was... so, when we get ready to depart, Chris informs me that "it's your turn to drive." Payback is hell. So, we get in, and I back it up and off we go. Now, let me explain a little situation. I've grown up with horse trailers my whole life. Bumper hitches, goosenecks, you name it. I have, on purpose, chosen to never drive a truck hauling horses because I saw my sister and friends who could haul always being asked if they could haul someone's horse. However, I have done quite a bit of backing trailers into parking spots, moving trailers around in tight spaces, etc. Chris on the other hand, while not having hauled or maneuvered a trailer, is like my dad - there's nothing he can't figure out. So, how fast/sharp one should turn/drive has been a source of debate since the first day we rode in Blue with Bokeh behind us. I'm a nag and Chris is stubborn... you can figure out the rest without me getting into the gory details....