Stuck in the muck, mired in the mud-but all's well

Trip Start Jan 01, 2007
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Trip End Dec 31, 2007


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Thursday, August 9, 2007

ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL - But I can't begin to describe the nightmare that was yesterday...after the bad start described with I-80 being closed in both directions, instead of getting to Knoxville around Noon, it was 2:30 or 3:00 when we got there, and POURING, with lots of huge lightning strikes and thunder bolts, simultaneously!  The Marion County Fairgrounds are turned into a campground for this big race event, but the parking areas are mainly grassy areas that are marked for rv parking.  In an attempt to get into our assigned space, the motorhome got stuck in the mud.  The skies opened up with all-day-long downpours, rivers of 5" deep muddy water running down the "road".  Finally, around 7:30 p.m., we had a big rig tow truck hooking onto the tow hitch on the back of the m'home in the pouring rain with non-stop lightning and thunder, pulling us out an inch at a time and finally pulling us backwards up the skinny "gravel" road that ran between the fields which were parked full with campers' rigs and trucks.   Then, sitting out the worst of a a 20 minute deluge before getting turned around to back back DOWN that road so that we could push the tow dollly out of the muck and get it hooked back onto the rig.  THEN, realizing that the car was also stuck in the mud, so Greg had to lie in the mud to hook a tow strap from the m'home to the car and pull  it out of the mud - all the time with almost zero visibility, and it's now around 8:30 pm. 
While waiting for the tow truck, I had gone online and found an rv park 30 miles away which was of course charging almost double their normal rate ($44 instead of the usual $25), because of the Nationals, but they DID have a space available with full hookups.  The owner of the Knoxville raceway/Marion County Fairgrounds campground where we'd been stuck agreed to credit our credit card the $120 we'd paid there, since it was impossible to get into our site - I've gotta believe there will be alot of very busy tow trucks on Sunday pulling other campers and rigs out of the mud, which probably will have hardened by then.  So, in the downpour, with CONTINUOUS lightning and thunder like neither of us had ever seen, we drove almost an hour to get 28 miles to this other campground - me (who normallly doesn't drive at night) following Greg, who reallly couldn't see the road, either.  It hailed, it poured, and the thunder and lightning never quit for a minute...we've seen many a fireworks show that wouldn't have held a candle to last night's skies.  We got here around 10 p.m. with it still pouring, lightning and thundering, but we're here now.  I don't think I've ever been so scared, but it's finally quit raining.  Last night's race show will be run tonight, tonight's show will run tomorrow night, and Friday night's scheduled show will run at noon Saturday, so Saturday will be a full day of racing instead of just at night.  Rain's supposed to be done now for the entire weekend - I don't care if I never  see another drop or another lightning bolt!  So, as I said at the beginning, ll's well that ends well, but I didn't believe it would ever get to this point - it was downright frightening.  To give you an idea how awful it was - I didn't even get a single picture - the camera would have been ruined by the "buckets" of water that never quit coming out of the sky! 
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