Today was going to be a short day. Maybe about 3½ hours of driving which was good because I had some housekeeping chores to do.
Leaving Minnesota in the snowstorm had a downside in that my RV
and car were a mess.
So first up was a wash. There is a company called Blue Beacon
which is a truck wash company. There happened to be one located just
twenty minutes down the road from the Best Western. I get to the
place and get in line with all the big trucks. It is a long line,
but I just pull out my Ipad and read for an hour and a half –
creeping along every now and then. When it is finally my turn, I
pull into a bay, RV and car and about 6 guys start washing the salt
and yuck off of the vehicles. Miko hides under the bed while all
this is happening. I got out of the RV, went inside and paid and
then used the restroom. When I came out, the vehicles were done and
all shiny and beautiful. I'm so happy – I was almost embarrassed
driving down the road with them in their Minnesota condition.
Next on the stop was to get some propane. I had left Minnesota
with a full tank but after two nights of subzero weather, I needed to
get a refill. I looked ahead down the road and found a U-Haul place
that sold propane. I looked it up on Google maps to make sure that I
could get in and out of their parking lot and it looked like there
was plenty of room. Well, evidently that Google maps satellite
picture was done before they had any of their U-Haul trucks there.
It was tight, but I soldier on. It was not pretty and my poor RV
took a hit. My back end swung out and clipped the tail end of a
truck. And I was being so careful too. I hate to think how much
this is going to cost to get fixed. Poor RV.
Ok, vehicles washed, got LP. On the road again. Our stop for the
next few days is Ray Roberts State Park – Isle du Bois Unit.
Somebody told me that most of the lakes in Texas are man made and
this is one of them. Ray Roberts Lake supplies water to Dallas and
is about an hour north of Dallas. The plan is to stay here a few
days – de-winterize, rest up, lay low. Both Miko and I can use the
I decide to buy a Texas park pass for $70. It gets me four nights
of half price camping plus I don't have to pay those pesky day fees
that they charge everybody coming and going. Those fees irritate me
– I'm already paying to camp and then you are going to charge me
entrance fees also. Urg.
So I pick a camping spot and pull into the parking lot close to my
assigned spot. I have to unhook my car because I have to back into
the camping spot. Everything is going swimmingly and quickly. I'm
thinking to myself – boy, you have this unhooking stuff down –
piece of cake. I go to start my car and it is deader than a door
knob. I don't have a clue why. Seems to me I've hauled the car for
three days before and this didn't happen. Maybe it was the cold
weather or maybe there was something left on. Who knows – I was in
such a rush to leave Minnesota that first day I could have missed
something. I called up to the office and some nice young guy came
down, had me sign some waivers and then jumped the car. I ran the
car for a half hour and everything seems to be ok now.
I then went to hook up my electricity and water. Electricity,
check – water – we have an issue. I have a two way spigot that
hooks into my water pressure regulator. Somehow the spigot end broke
off inside of the regulator making it impossible to use the
regulator. Nothing to be done but hook up the hose directly to the
faucet. This is life on the edge folks. I've heard tons of stories
about water pressure gone wild and destroying the plumbing in Rvs.
Ok, that seems to be working. Let's go inside and start
de-winterizing which is basically just running the water through all
the plumbing to flush out the antifreeze. What? Why is there no hot
water? What is going on here? Went outside and looked at the water
heater. Evidently somebody (or perhaps me?) had turned off the water
heater last fall when we winterized. Turned it on and we have hot
water. Life is good. Showers all around tonight.
It was interesting – some challenges happened today, but I found
I would just go into “how do we get this fixed” as opposed to
“Holy Cow, we are all going to die” mode. I'm pleased.