Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Night in Clarksville, TN

We left Lake Wappapello, MO this morning around 7:30 and headed toward Readyville, TN.  A little after 9:00 we made a planned stop at the Secretary of State Driver’s Facility in Cairo, IL where Sandy and I took our Non-Commercial CDL exam.  We both received our Class B license with flying colors. Oops.  We both had to take the written test twice.  But we both passed the driving test the first time.  Trixie was literally put out.  I had to put her in the Honda because the examiners will not ride in a vehicle with a dog in it -- except a service dog. 
The Non-Commercial CDL license is required in Illinois if your RV weighs more than 26,001 pounds.
The scary part was having to back up without one of us spotting for the other, but we did fine.
We purposefully chose the Cairo, IL facility because it is a very small, rural area and it was on our way to Tennessee.  [i]Side note:  Cairo is a town on the low down.  It is so sad to see a town fallen on hard times.  Burned out and abandoned buildings abound.  But the Secretary of State Drivers License facility staff was very friendly.  Not like the cantankerous ones near Chicago.[/i]
I was reminded today just how much I don’t like cold or cold,wet weather.   When we got to Clarksville, I had to change wiper blades on the motorhome in the rain and my fingers were like thumbs in five minutes.
We could not find a parking spot at WalMart so we followed the advice of good friend Gary Omel and parked at the nearby Sam's Club.  The lot is huge, was wide open and we were able to position ourselves for an easy out in the morning.
Tomorrow we will arrive in Readyville where we will be for about 10 days.
Stay tuned.

1 comment:

  1. Second blog I read today about getting a special lic for the RV. We have a endorsement on our FL license, but came with the standard test we switched to FL from OH. I am feeling real lucky.

    I would hate to think of the hassle you would have had in Chicago. Congrats!