First Day of the Big Trip

Current Location: Singing Hills RV Park and Campground, Cave City, Kentucky

We were up early this morning, though we slept through the first alarm. Malcolm didn’t even hear the alarm go off. Fortunately, there was a lot of early traffic in the campground that got us up and moving. We hit the floor at 6:25 am and were pulling out of the campground at 6:58 am. We had a 7:00 am appointment at Gray’s Tire and Auto to get the metal tire stems installed.

We pulled up and the mechanic assigned to us walked out to meet us and direct us around back where we backed up to the building so they could get to work on the trailer. We waited in their waiting room and took advantage of the free wi-fi and free soft drinks. After about an hour and a half, they were done. We had four new tire stems installed, wheels balanced and aired up to 105 psi and they even greased our bearings and washed the tires and rims. All for $90. They really know how to take care of customers.

Getting new tire stems installed.

Getting new tire stems installed.

We got on I-65 northbound and headed as far as we felt like traveling. We hit a slow pocket of traffic just south of Birmingham with no apparent cause other than we were coming into a construction zone – which had no lanes closed. Traffic just started picking back up.

There was a lot of traffic heading southbound (towards the beaches, no doubt). Not far from the Tennessee border, the southbound lanes were stopped due to a travel trailer having jackknifed and blocking two of the three lanes. The backup was about eight miles long. Glad we didn’t hit anything that bad on the way up. Traffic, for the most part, was light and moving pretty well through both Birmingham and Nashville.

We ended up stopping for the night in Cave City, Kentucky (Mammoth Caves area). We picked the Singing Hills campground from our Passport America app. Our water/electric 30 amp site is $15 for the night. It is an older campground with smallish spaces, but very friendly owners who try to keep the place looking very nice. We would be inclined to stay here again if we got one of the larger pull-through sites.

Site 18 at Singing Hills

Site 18 at Singing Hills

Tomorrow, we’re heading just north of Indianapolis to visit some of Malcolm’s family.

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