I found a truck stop in Rockingham but the volume of truck traffic is low. I was standing at the exit of the truck stop holding up my FLORIDA sign when David, a 72 year old man in a pick-up truck, pulled up next to me and offered his place for me to set up my tent if I needed. He lives in an old trailer just across the highway and there is plenty of space for me setup for the night. It’s not the Hilton but it works for now.
He has his own business making fake wood, outdoor cement furniture. He’s made pretty good money in the past selling this product but has become tired from the work involved to produce and sell his product. He has suffered two strokes and a heart attack but he continues to muscle his way around day to day.
The weather has been good here with some clouds and a light sprinkle this morning. I’ve been spending most of my time at the truck stop looking for a ride back to Florida or just a bigger truck stop. I haven’t seen one Florida license plate since I’ve been here.
Two rental trucks pulled into the truck parking area and in a few minutes the hood of the larger truck was raised. It seemed as though a family was in the process of moving. The bigger truck was also towing a trailer with a car on it. I got to talking to the woman who seemed to be handling the logistics of the break down and found out her family was moving to Apopka FL. I told her that I knew my chances were slim to none but if it turned out they needed another driver for whatever reason I could offer my services for a ride back to Florida. They took my phone number and in a few hours they were gone.
I will probably be looking to head 45 miles south toward I-95 where there are two large truck stops at I-95 and SR 38.