After filling up with fuel ($3.05) I got on the road a little before 8 AM. The northern route to Red Bay was about 614 miles and right into rain. I decided to go the more southern route which is about 625 miles but it is also a slower route which is fine. I was trying to avoid all the rain. My first stop was about 300 miles out. I made a sandwich, got something to drink, bathroom and back on the road. Then about 4 PM on the LA & MS state line my radio went bananas. Dog on a tornado was chasing me. It was coming behind me about 40 miles or so. That was fine but I was about ready to hang a left and go north and I did. Well, the rain caught me about 100 miles from Red Bay so I stopped. The tornado and the 60 MPH winds, hail, went south of me. I just got some rain and it was all over by about 8PM. I stopped about 6 PM. I figured I would just stay the night. I’m parked in some cancer research center on asphalt near Starkville, MS. The Garmin trucking GPS works great. I couldn’t use it though because it wouldn’t let me run on the Natchez parkway which I did for about 125 miles or so. Otherwise I like it. It gives to give more voice commands when exiting off a road onto another one. My other one wouldn’t tell you what was next into you completed the first turn. This one gives a heads up. I might switch over to truck (one button) the last 100 miles and see how it does. It lets you put in height, weight, width and a few other things. It’s pretty neat and would prefer it over the old one so far.
When I go over a bridge I concentrate on my left lower convex mirror. Why? Because I watch the side of the rig and how close I’m to the white center line and I get close to it. No need to really look in the left mirror once you learn to use that left mirror and white line. I won’t mentioned Nick and his troubles with the such. Concentrate being in your lane near that center line and not the big picture of being in a unusual situation.