Day 6, Lafayette LA to Greenville SC

Got on the road at 7:30am, made Slidell at 10, took the dogs for a little walk, and back on the road.

So far blissfully uneventful, but also a little boring. 😵

Sadly, we have and will continue to pass within miles of family and friends, but can't/won't drop in. first is because we come with 3 dogs, and second cuz we really want to get where we're going.

So much beauty, we don't even stop to take a photo. 😩

3ish, near Auburn just N of Montgomery Alabama, I'm driving, clipping along at a good pace, with the traffic, about 80 mph, ac on, and all of a sudden I got no go, no acceleration, nada, heat gauge is redlined. I coast to a stop and Tom pops the hood, he says the oil was boiling out. DAMN! We are along side a wooded area so we go sit on the verge about 1/2 hr, car cools down. Now Tom is driving, about 60 in a 70mph zone. If its not one thing its another.

Well at least we had a really nice oyster po boy for lunch.



I've been telling Tom we should do 2 hr shifts, driving and napping and just drive all night.

Guess I should make note of the roadside emergency number.

Tom drove for a short while, we stopped for gas, he checked all the fluids and everything seems ok.

We continued for several more hours with me driving and trying to stay at about 75mph. No further issues.

We have reserved another La Quinta room for the night. Nice having their directory and being able to call ahead and ensure a room.

So when you call the numbers in the La Quinta directory you actually get one of their call center people, so don't believe them when they tell you yes, this one us right off the interstate.

Finally found the correct, for our reservation, la quinta at about 9:30. way far off the highway, no restaurants real close by, but they do have a list of restaurant that will deliver. We placed an order, should be here in 45 minutes. aaaaack!

and that is day 6. tomorrow we should make Richmond! fingers and toes crossed everyone

About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends. Then in 2016 I moved to Richmond, Virginia, USA. Culture shock continues.
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8 Responses to Day 6, Lafayette LA to Greenville SC

  1. Reading of your travels and travails has been most fascinating! David and I drove our car from California to Merida, and we encountered some of the same hazards and irritations along the way. I may have missed a post, did you stay overnight in Lafayette? I lived there from 6-12 years old, born and raised in Louisiana. All the best on the final segment, hope the car behaves.

  2. Maryinez says:

    Hi Debi, I have been following your difficult trip with fascination. I look forward to your first impressions at returning … In the early days you will be acutely aware of little differences.

  3. teresa freeburn says:

    sounds like “boring” is better than some of the things you’ve gone through-but you ‘ve endured them all. hope the rest of your trip goes well. just 1 more day!!!

  4. Kevin Donegan says:

    I wonder what’s going through Tech’s (not sure of spelling) mind while she is looking out at the road in your picture. You have to think they know it’s very different where they are now versus their previoius home in Mexico. I was wondering that with Dawson, my dog, when we left Portland and went to Merida. I could tell he was reacting differently to everything (the house, going on walks, noises, etc.) in Merida versus our home in Portland (where he spent his first 13 years).

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