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Lucian’s First Road Trip

Filed under: Uncategorized — leland4 at 10:56 pm on Friday, October 17, 2014

So last week hubby and I took our camper to Pigeon Forge, TN for the week.  It’s been a while since we took a vacation and I wanted to go somewhere other than the beach.  So this was going to be a true test of Lucian’s riding abilities.  And he did AWESOME!!  He would curl up between me and hubby and sleep.  Leland was not a good rider…he would want to go but once the vehicle started moving the constant whining began.

So we get down around the Staunton, VA area and the truck threw the fan belt.  So here we are stuck along the road and Lucian is just taking it all in stride.  He just laid down in the grass and sniper crawled through it.  I did have to keep getting cigarette butts out of his mouth (gross) because he kept finding them and chewing on them.  So hubby is able to get the belt back on and get the truck to an auto parts store to get a new belt.  So we’re back on the road till we get to Christiansburg, VA.  ANOTHER belt problem so we find 2 more auto parts stores and buy up all the belts they have.  Get a little further down the road till about 10 miles north of Wytheville, VA where we pull into a Love’s Truck stop to check the belt.  It’s around 8pm and raining.  The belts starting to fray again so we decide to stay at the truck stop till morning to figure out what’s going on.  We slept in the camper and Lucian did great.  Even with all the noisy trucks around us.  He growled once but then settled down…I think he was just happy to be out of the truck and able to eat his supper.

So the next morning hubby and a mechanic at the truck stop figure out the problem is the tension pulley (whatever that is) and of course the mechanic doesn’t have the size that would fit our truck.  So they call 2 auto parts stores in Wytheville and neither will deliver to the truck stop because they are 4 miles outside their delivery area…SERIOUSLY!!  So we limp the truck down the road for another 10 miles and find the first auto parts store.  Hubby gets the part on and every thing was fine after that…THANK GOD!!

So we get to Pigeon Forge and it’s nothing like we were expecting.  We were hoping for a laid back TN vacation but it looked more like the main stretch at the beach with all the amusement parks, tye dye t-shirt shops, miniature golf, and restaurants.  And the KOA campsite was pretty much full.  Well, Lucian was quite excited by all the people, dogs, and smells but he finally calmed down.  We had to do some work on the leash with him wanting to pull all the time.  After a few days he was getting it though.  And since Lucian is still pretty young we didn’t leave him by himself in the camper…we probably wouldn’t have one to come back to if we did.  Plus, hubby wasn’t ready to leave him in the truck by himself yet so we couldn’t really get out and do too much.  Plus I was sick the entire week with this head cold and cough that’s going around so I was pretty much happy just to hang in the camper.  We did drive up through the Smoky Mountain National Park and that was nice.

All and all it was a good trip (except for me being sick) and Lucian really surprised us on how good of a traveler he’ll be.  Here’s some pics of Lucian in the camper and some of the beautiful Smoky Mountains.












October 17, 2014 @ 11:21 pm   Reply

Oh Lucian is so stately. Cannot believe how fast he has grown. Luther is proud!



October 18, 2014 @ 12:27 am   Reply

OMG… I can’t wait to see his ears really pop! I bet they are bigger than Jasper’s then! 🙂

Great job Lucian. I know .. Jasper has surprised me many times in the way she is lower maintenance about things than shelby would have been (especially crowds of dogs).

Great photos! I am glad it was a good experience for you all (despite the car/truck troubles). here’s to many more adventures!

Alison with the Spirit of Shelby fur-ever in her heart (and little Jasper too



October 18, 2014 @ 12:30 am   Reply

I LOVE Lucian !!! What a gorgeous pup he is !! He is learning so well, and will keep doing great……the pics are awesome!

Hope your cold is better, and getting out and about again is certainly good for your soul…..

Bonnie & Angel Polly



October 18, 2014 @ 1:58 am   Reply

I am so glad to hear he did so well. He is getting so big. Love all the beautiful pictures. It sounds like it was a good time except the belt problem & then you being sick. Next vacation will be a great one for you

Michelle & Angel Sassy



October 18, 2014 @ 3:31 pm   Reply

I tell ya’ what, if after all that you can say “all in all it was a good trip”… win the most Positive Person of the Year Award!!!!! Talk about turning lemons into lemonade…!!

But that Lucian sure was an incredibly good boy!!! He displayed such good behavior!!

And his pictures…..sooooooo cute!!! He is REALLY getting big!!! A whole lot of lanky legs with big paws attached!!

And that picture of him half on the chair flooping all over the place…ADORABLE!!!

At least you did get to enjoy some incredibly picturesque views! Wow, takes your breath away.

Geez, next time you head through Virginia let us know…we’ll schedule a playdate and maybe Tanner can come too!

Thanks for sharing Lucian’s first road trip and the delightful pictures! He really, really was such a good boy!

Hugs and love to you and Lucian…and hubby too!

Sally and Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!



October 18, 2014 @ 6:41 pm   Reply

Awww how pretty! That kinda trip wouldda stressed lesser packs out but all of you rolled with it, congrats!

We’ll have to meet some day on the road. Watch out, the Tripawdmobile will be headed your way next spring!

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