At last we were on our final day in Red Bay Alabama at the Tiffin Service Center. We paid our bills, thanked our service technicians and all we had left to do was visit Bay Diesel to have our front end aligned. We love Bay Diesel and their friendly,very knowledgeable technicians.I learn something every time we visit since they don't mind educating me as they work.. Bay Diesel always does a fabulous job and this day was no exception.
Our shimmy we were noticing at around 40-45 mph was apparently due to us being out of alignment. Alignment adjustments made were to the camber and to the toe. We were told we way out of alignment on our toe setting. Hopefully this will alleviate the shake rattle and roll we experience in that 40 mph range. Between the repairs and the fact our wallet is lighter we should be seeing better gas mileage as well :) . We were advised to replace our front end tires soon and to look at replacing shocks next year. We have always had Goodyear Tires but after talking to Bay Diesel we are considering a change to Michelin.
The next morning we planned our great escape! We only have three days to make it to our next reservation in Blairsville Georgia. Our first stop would be at Monte Sano State Park just outside of Huntsville Alabama. Next we will stop in Chattanooga for a couple of nights before heading to Georgia.
The 120 miles from Red Bay to Huntsville were uneventful but the last 6 or so miles from the highway to Monte Sano State Park on 431 were a bit disconcerting. I read the reviews for the state park and the advice was to avoid one way in and take 431 in. Well this is not only a narrow road but there were tons of low hanging limbs that at times were difficult to avoid. To top it off after checking in at the park, the site they assigned us wouldn’t have worked had we been 28 feet long much less than our lengthy 37 feet.
After allowing us to choose another site and setting it up for the night we headed over to the disc golf course located within the state park. The disc golf course was nearly all in the dense woods along this mountaintop park making it both challenging and very enjoyable. Accuracy was important as the skinny tunnels cut through the trees made approaching the baskets quite the challenge. We really enjoyed this course layout and the excellent signage directing us to the next tee box. After completing the course we drove into town to try out a couple of their breweries.
The next morning we headed to Chattanooga TN in the hope of staying at the first-come first-served campground at Camping World. We felt it would be a perfect location for our exploration of the the Chattanooga area. However, when we arrived we discovered the campground was closed. Clearly there were open sites so we were not quite sure why there was a closure but we just went to plan B which was boondocking a night at Cabela's just down the road.
We had hoped to spend two nights in Chattanooga but only spent one since we were boondocking in hot, humid weather. By this time we were well into the afternoon so all we had time for was a little grocery shopping and to check out the Chattanooga Brewery. The downtown area is in the process of revitalization and looks promising. We were a little disappointed in not having more time to explore it this trip but the Cabela's was 25 or 30 minutes away so it just wasn't in the cards. Next we needed to figure out where we would spend the next night sot we took a chance calling Crossing Timbers RV Resort in Blairsville Georgia to see if it was okay to come a day early for our weeklong stay. Luckily our site was open so we will head on over to Georgia!
We sure are happy to be out of Red Bay and back to “doing our thang” back on our Road of Retirement…
NOTE: We are now in Blairsville Georgia where we will stay for a week…