Thursday, April 23, 2015


Thursday, April 23, 2015, Oswego, NY, 270.1 miles, 1816 for the trip.

I didn't get started as early as I wanted to, but I eventually hit the road. A little ways north of the campground it started to snow. It continued to snow off & on all the way to Oswego. There was never more than a dusting on the road, but since the temperature was in the low 30's, I was a bit worried that I'd be pulling the trailer through snow. Now that I'm home, the snow has stopped, but it is still cold; my outside thermometer reads 37°F. I want the 70°F temperatures from Tennessee!

Other than the snow, it was a fairly quiet trip home. My gas mileage went down to 16.2 MPG for the trip. I unpacked the trailer, and as much as I didn't want to, winterized the trailer. The prediction if for freezing temperatures until Saturday, so I blew out the water lines and added some RV antifreeze to the drains.

Now I'm waiting for the solar panel to arrive from Windy City. It is expected on Monday. I did pick up a switch for the water heater, and managed to get the old one out - it snaps in place. The problem is the connections were burned off, so I'm not sure I'll be able to connect the new switch. Oh well, one needs projects to keep one busy!

Until next time-

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jonestown KOA, Jonestown, PA

Interesting Homebuilt Trailer
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Jonestown KOA, Jonestown, PA - 226 miles, 1545.9 for the trip.

I started out on I 81, but when I reached Pennsylvania, both the rough road & the spray from trucks (yes, it is raining) convinced me to switch to US 11. For much of the east, both roads parallel each other, although since US 11 goes through most towns & cities, it is a slower drive. I usually don't mind the extra time, and find the cities & towns break the monotony of driving. I did find that driving I 81 at 57 miles per hour does improve my mileage. I usually average 15MPG, on this trip with most of the driving on I 81, I am currently at 17.3 MPG. Even with the hills along the way, that is as good as I got on the secondary roads in the Florida flatlands.

I probably should have tried for a bit further today, however with the rain I decided to stop at the Jonestown KOA. I used some of my KOA "points", so it was only $15.00 for the night, and I'm in the same site I had on the way down. There is a single axle home built trailer a few sites away, so I took a photo. Interesting pop up top section. The only other photo today is the site photo, but if you want to see it, it is at today's LakeshoreImages page.

While the rain has stopped & it is warming up (it was 49°F when I arrived; now up to 54°F) I didn't want to cook outdoors so I walked next door to the campground for a Blimpy's sub for dinner.

Until tomorrow -

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Natural Chimneys Regional Park, Mt Solon, VA

Site 8, Natural Chimneys Regional Park, Mt Solon, VA
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, Natural Chimneys Regional Park, Mt Solon, VA - 198.2 miles, 1319.9 for the trip.

A nice, quiet night with no rain, there were even visible stars. I got a late start out of the campground, hitting the road around 9:00. I decided to stop again for the night at the Natural Chimneys Regional Park. A nice location at a good price with clean showers & bathrooms. I even selected the same site. While last time there was another trailer in the other side of the campground, this time there is only myself & the host.

The only photo for today is the campsite photo.

Since the weather was OK for hot dogs last night, I'm cooking a pot pie in the toaster oven for dinner tonight.

Until tomorrow -

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hungry Mother State Park, VA

Hungry Mother State Park, Campground B
Monday, April 20, 2015, Hungry Mother State Park, Marion, VA - 176 miles, 1121.7 for the trip.

Last night was exciting. I was listening to the radio & every 10 minutes the Emergency Broadcast System interrupted the programing to announce the counties that could expect severe thunderstorms (with 60 MPH winds, etc). Of course, the problem is I have no idea what county I'm in. They did mention some towns towards the end of the announcement, but Townsend wasn't one of them. Never the less, we did have lots of thunder & lightning, a bit of wind (and more branches falling from the trees) during two storms overnight. I watched them come & go on the Weather Radar app on my phone...

By 7:00AM, all was quiet. I finished packing up the trailer & headed out. The original plan was to head for a KOA about 200 miles up I81, but I saw a sign for Hungry Mother State Park, and had to know how it got its name. Since it has a couple of campgrounds, I decided to do a bit less that 200 miles & stay there. The Camp Burson campground it like any commercial campground - trailer in a parking lot, but the B campground is more typical of state parks. Water & electric for $41.86, a bit steep but a pretty location. There are reservable sites, most of which are along the river, and a number of first come sites. The bathrooms are a bit of a hike from my site (they are next to the host site) but include a laundry, private showers, and a kitchen sink. I'm in site 2 at the recommendation of the campground host - a level pull through. So far I'm the only person here besides the host. I took a few extra photos of the campground...

If the weather holds (more thundershowers are predicted) I'll have a couple of hot dogs, but if it rains, it will be a pot pie cooked in the toaster oven.

Oh, and for those wondered as much as I did, the name of the park comes from a legend that when Indians destroyed several settlements along the New River, Molly Marley and her small child were among the survivors taken to the raiders' base. Molly & her child escaped, and wandered through the wilderness eating berries. Molly finally collapsed and her child wandered down to a creek where she found help. The only words the child could utter were "Hungry Mother". The search party found Molly dead at the base of a mountain that is today named Molly's Knob, and the stream became Hungry Mother Creek.

Until tomorrow -

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Townsend KOA, Day 5

Little River Cascade
Sunday, April 19, 2015, Townsend KOA, Townsend, TN - 0 miles, 945.7 for the trip.

Guess what? More rain! Many of the trailers left today, but since I want to avoid Sunday traffic, and don't need to be at work on Monday (or any day) I'm staying until tomorrow. About the only excitement for the day was a branch falling out of the tree behind my trailer. A very big branch (about 6" in diameter). Lot's of noise, but it missed all the trailers in the area.

I spent most of the day inside the trailer reading either my current book or web pages on the computer. I also packed away most of the outside stuff such as my rug, hooked up the RAV4, and stowed the sewer hose, all during the dryer part of the afternoon. That will make it easier to get underway tomorrow, particularly if it is raining in the morning (as predicted). No photos for the day.

I decided not to cook dinner, and, instead, during a break in the rain, walked to the restaurant next to the campground. An excellent chicken fried steak, along with enough french fries to feed an army. The turnip greens were also very good.

After that it was a shower in the brand new showers here at the campground, and more relaxing.

Until next time -