Tough driving day

Impossible to walk on. Very bad to drive on. Nr. Lake Fort Smith State Park, Arkansas

I knew things were getting interesting when I tried to exit I-40 somewhere west of Little Rock and started sliding on the exit ramp. That’s bad with a 7,600 lb. trailer. Rain on ice. A lot of vehicles off the road.

Our goal was to get to Lake Fort Smith State Park. Getting up the mountain it was clearly dicey so we sent the scout vehicle up ahead before proceeding.

Impossible to walk on. Very bad to drive on. Nr. Lake Fort Smith State Park, Arkansas

Streamer_j had to abort after sliding to an uncontrolled stop on black ice. After traveling over 200 miles today, we came unstuck in the last mile. That seems to happen often.

Streamer_a then unhitched the Airstream by the roadside in order to retrieve streamer_j from the side of the road and the abandoned Audi from the middle-ish of it.

Impossible to walk on. Very bad to drive on. Nr. Lake Fort Smith State Park, Arkansas

With all people, cars and dog regrouped it was decided to attempt to backtrack down the mountain to the KOA in Alma for the night. The Ford F150 did an outstanding job in 4 wheel drive. Takeoff on black ice, with Airstream, was firm and the descent was controlled. Another gushing review of this truck.

The KOA in Alma has no running water. Incredulous — we are blizzard survivors! — I assaulted the spigot with the heat gun, but to no avail. Lots of exciting steam but no running water. This is why we always travel with a full fresh water tank.

The weather in Arkansas has once again prompted a change to our route plan. A previous ice storm in December had us trapped in Petit Jean State Park much longer than planned.

This time we will depart sooner. Rather than stay until Sunday at beautiful Lake Fort Smith Park, which we cannot get to, we’re going to press on instead and try to get to Tulsa tomorrow.

The video doesn’t do it justice. I need to invest in a Go Pro (please streamer_j can I have one?).

– Anthony, Alma, Arkansas

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