December 18, 2015

Day 2, Indiana

We traveled another 320 miles today, and reached Scottsburg, IN, where we are staying overnight at Jellystone Park Raintree Lake. This is a family camping resort, very popular in the summer with weekend campers from the Indianapolis and Louisville areas. The campground is mostly closed in the winter season, but the owners, who live on site, maintain a dozen pullthrough sites for travelers heading south on I-65. There is electricity only, no water hookups are available in the winter, but it is a quiet, peaceful overnight stop for $20.

Scottsburg is 30 miles from Louisville, and the Kentucky state line at the Ohio River. We are very familiar with this route south, having traveled this way many times in the last 20 years.

Today we were battling a very strong headwind, and achieved a fuel consumption of only 8.5 miles per US gallon. Our usual average is 10.6. The truck was really working pulling our 13ft 6in high rig into the wind, and I manually selected fifth gear to prevent the Alison from shifting into sixth. With this kind of engine load, the Duramax seemed much happier running at 1900 rpm instead of the usual 1600 rpm at cruise speed.

We will leave early tomorrow, which is Saturday, stop for breakfast at the local Cracker Barrel restaurant (first time this trip), and drive through Louisville on the way to our destination for the next two or three days, Nashville. We will pass into Central Standard Time on the way, and gain one hour.

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