Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The Louisiana State Troopers at the station in Houma were very cordial and after giving me a patch and a few oranges I drove past all the "dangerus" overpasses, elevated roadways and bridges clear to the edge of Morgan City. I had an interview over the phone by the ADA monthly magazine. By this time I knew if I got the World out and inflated I would need to make repairs. Crumbling the World into a wad of canvas is never good, there are always areas that need reglued or paint that flakes away. Since I had a twenty mile "grace" ride and am not on a strict schedule I decided to find a laundramat and wash my bedding and dirty clothes while I had an opportunity. When the wash was finished I went back to the highway to get ready for tomorrow at the store chain where I have had no problem staying in every state but Louisiana, Walmart. Not wanting to repeat my experience of being asked to leave another Wallyworld parking lot like when I was in "Beauty" I went in and got permission to stay there overnight. After I was given permission I inflated the World and commenced repairs and touch ups (putting down a drop cloth first. Several hours later, just before dark, the Wallyworld manager who saw the van over the store video surveillance cameras and was not around when I waited for twenty minutes to make sure I had permission to park, decided that I could not stay, because he had not given permission. He sent his male assistant manager to inform me. When I said I'd gone in and asked, a female assistant manager had given the okay. Apparently the men were sleeping or had the radio off. I had to go. I walked next door and asked the good people at Gamestop who were happy to let me roll the World fifty yards over to their few parking spaces, so here I am parked six feet from the acres of empty parking lot. They even gave me a card with a note in case the loal police have any issue. Though I didn't walk today I feel it was very productive as I spoke to fifty or more people while working to maintain the world, was in a few newspapers and an interview by a New Orleans television station made yesterday aired today. There was also the twenty or so miles of westward progress and a new patch!