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Old 01-29-2014, 02:14 PM   #1
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Stuck on I-20 for 24 hours

Traveling to Atlanta yesterday got into a little ice on I-65 south around warrior AL. Slow go through Bhm onto 20 east. About 6pm traffic stopped for the night. Spent the night in the coach, Center Lane on I20 about 2 miles from Leeds AL. Have since moved about 6 miles to Moody AL to a brand new Love's truck stop. Plan is to stay here until tomorrow morning and then decide to press on or return home. Everyone is exhausted, hungry, tired, and almost out of fuel. (I was on my last 10 gallons of fuel)
I could probably write for hours about what we've been through, and maybe later I will. So many stories, so many sights of wonderful people doing great things to help others. We had a few folks that came on board to use the bathroom, warm up, eat, or just visit... Kept "the light on" all night for any and all that might need help. We saw all kinds... Truckers, mothers, children, elderly, even one 70 year old that knocked on the door after midnight and said he was a diabetic and hasn't eaten since lunch, did we have anything for him to snack on. We loaded him down with goodies and he later got a ride.
For sure this has been the biggest inconvenience to my anal planning of schedules... But we were reminded about more important things than ourselves. And that despite what you read and hear, there are a lot of good people out there...
I saw them first hand... And I am a better person for it - today.

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Old 01-29-2014, 02:21 PM   #2
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The percentage of good people still far exceeds the percentage of bad people. Unfortunately, you only ever hear news on the bad people.

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Have a safe trip Jeff, You are one of Good People out there! Have a blessed day and thanks again for helping the less fortunate!
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Old 01-29-2014, 02:24 PM   #4
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WOW! That was some experience! You're right Jeff, there are lots of good people out there, and you're definitely one of them! I bet those folks thought you were an angel in disguise! Thank you for your caring and generosity!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 01-29-2014, 02:25 PM   #5
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I'm sure all those people were thanking God that you and your beautiful coach were there like an oasis on I-20. You and your family did the right thing, and you'll have good karma coming your way. I hope the rest of your trip is less stressful.
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Old 01-29-2014, 02:31 PM   #6
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Right now... I'm just ready for a nap and glad to be off of the road. What a mess!
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Old 01-29-2014, 02:35 PM   #7
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Stay safe! And thanks for sharing the experience. Pat yourselves on the back too, as you are part of those 'Good people'. Doing what you can, with what you have, not because people are watching - but because you know it's the right thing to do. This is what character is all about.

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Old 01-29-2014, 02:36 PM   #8
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I recently heard actor Tom Hanks estimate 80% of people are good in his experience. When we first started full-timing a seasoned camping neighbor estimated rv'ers at 99% good. I hope the latter proves to be true.
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Thank you for taking care of those people - my cousin was down in that mess, and spent the night on the interstate, too. He's grateful to be home now.
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:08 PM   #10
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I can understand how you are very tired. My hats off to you for opening up your MH to give help where possible.
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Well done. Good karma....
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OP; you just showed a very good reason to stay stocked at all times. This includes ensuring that you have plenty of fuel, water, propane, food and what ever 'extras' that you think that you might need. Here is Alaska we have this kind of weather all the time. However we have had to deal with it for a long time and for the most part we are ready. Today, here at our house it is +43, the sun is out and we have NO snow on the ground.
You did very well helping others that needed it. My hat is off to you.
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Kudos to you and your family for extending a helping hand to those less fortunate during this weather event. You will be forever in the thoughts of those you assisted, and it surely will leave a lasting and positive impression that will give RV'ers a special recognition. Glad to hear that you are safe and sound.


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