Thursday, August 20, 2015

Oswego, NY

Thursday, August 20, 2015, Oswego, NY - 110.6 Miles Today, 10,987.5 For the Trip

A quiet, relaxing morning since I didn't have all that far to go to get home. A familiar drive - I've been to Letchworth a number of times, and my daughter Karin spent her undergraduate years at SUNY Geneseo, a near by branch of the State University of New York system.

Hot & humid, which wasn't a problem on the drive thanks to the RAV4's powerful air conditioning, but unpacking the RAV4 & trailer was a chore! We are currently under a flood watch, although there has only been a small amount of light to moderate rain. I managed to unpack during the breaks in the rain, but according to my Vantage Vue weather station, the humidity is 79% inside & 92% outside.

Since I arrived home a bit earlier than expected, I moved my doctor's appointment up to today. No obvious problems, but they took about a gallon of blood for testing, and changed one of my stomach meds. Back in two weeks to check the results & decide if I need to see a specialist. I have to admit I'm more comfortable at home than on the road with my sour stomach. I always worry about how the trailer would get back to Oswego if I ended up not being able to drive. Plus a protracted stay in the trailer can be difficult, although it wasn't all that bad 2 years ago when I had a bout of A-Fib.

I'll post a wrap up in a day or two with my favorite photos and the trip stats.

Until Then -

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY

The Boler Next Door
Wednesday, August 98, 2015, Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY - 280.5 Miles Today, 10,867.9 For the Trip

Another reason not to drive toll roads - they are not in any better shape than the non toll roads. If they were smoother, I might see that as a reason for their existence, but both OH 2 & I 90 are in better shape than the same state's sections of I 80.

I decided to break the final leg to home at Letchworth State Park, one of my favorite NY parks. I'm in site 406, an electric site with water close by, as well as bathrooms with showers. $23.75 for the night.

There is a Boler (another Canadian fiberglass trailer, although the company is no longer in business) across the road from me. Nice & light - I have to admit there is an advantage over the Escape; they unhooked & shoved the trailer around until it was on the site to their satisfaction. With 350 lbs of tongue weight, I can't do that with the Escape!

Sine I have been posting photos of the Escape every day for the last couple of days, I used the one of the Boler for today's post.  If you want to see my site at Letchworth, check today's LakeshoreImages page.

I spent the day reading. Dinner was a grilled chicken breast, a salad, and broccoli.

Until Next Time -

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Huron River Valley Resort, Huron, OH

Site 70, Huron River Valley Resort
Tuesday, August 18, 2015, Huron River Valley Resort, Huron, OH - 300.2 Miles Today, 10,596.4 For the Trip

This morning proved why I prefer to drive into Canada and go over the Great Lakes rather than through Chicago. My first 4 miles out of Joliet on I80 took over 2 hours, even though I waited until almost 9:00 to leave the campground. I assume there was an accident somewhere up ahead, but we never saw it. Eventually, the traffic picked up to normal. The rest of the trip was OK, however another advantage of going around the top of the lakes is to avoid tolls. I generally hate toll roads. I figure my (or someone's) taxes paid for the road to be built; why should I have to pay again? And, I80 through IL, IN, and OH is expensive. With 3 axles, I paid $31.00 to get from Illinois to Exit 118 in Ohio. I'm going to turn north on I 90 tomorrow, and rather than sticking to the NY Thruway & its tolls, I'm going to probably cross the state on NY 104. There are some nice state parks along the lake that I might be able to stop at since I'm still 430 miles from home, and don't plan to do it all tomorrow.

The Huron River Valley Resort isn't, but it is a nice campground. Individual showers with push button valves (and adequate hot water) that felt great. I'm in site 70, an overnight site (most of the campground is permanent summer residents), a electric & water site for $34.20 with the Good Sam discount. No traffic noise, but there is a train that goes by, tooting its horn.

I crossed into the Eastern Time Zone and since I'm on the western edge, it is still very daylight at 8:00PM. Of course, not like Alaska where it was still daylight at 11:00PM, but the light fooled me - I didn't start dinner until 6:30 or so.

Dinner was an Amy's Burrito & the last of the snap peas.

Until Next Time -

Monday, August 17, 2015

Hollywood Casino Campground, Joliet, IL

Site 77, Hollywood Casino

Monday, August 17, 2015, Hollywood Casino Campground, Joliet, IL - 308.7 Miles Today, 10,296.2 For the Trip

While the weather started out with heavy rain making driving on I80 a pain, it pretty much cleared up as I drove east, with short bouts of light rain. I wanted to get my usual 300 miles or so today, and stopped at the Hollywood Casino Campground. I'm in a 80' long pull through, far more than I needed, but they told me over the phone that I probably would not be able to fit in their smaller back in sites & leave the RAV4 connected. Of course, after being assigned the site, I discovered I'd have fit fine in the back ins, cheaper & closer to the showers. Anyhow, a electric & water site for $44.55, I think.

The reason I think is I had to check my credit card transactions because for some reason Capital One decided to put a fraud hold on my card. The only thing different I did today from the rest of the trip was to make two phone orders for stuff (shipped to the home address registered on the card) and am staying in a Casino campground. In any case, I was able to clear the hold on the internet by telling them they were legitimate charges. The "I think" for the campground $ is they had a larger charge on my card that they tell me will be "adjusted" when I leave. Something about the additional $ to cover incidental charges at the hotel which uses the same billing system.

I went for a walk around the campground (and to check out the bathrooms at the other end of the place) and while there was a very light rain falling, I watched (and heard one second later) a lightning ground strike. Very exciting!

That was about all the excitement for the day. Dinner was a chicken pot pie cooked in the toaster oven outside on the picnic table. That way the air conditioner doesn't have to fight the oven.

I may not be able to post this tonight - while I have a cell connection, I don't seem to have an internet connection from Verizon. I'll try again later or in the morning.

Until Next Time -

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Timberline Campground, Waukee, IA

Site 69, Timberline Campground
Sunday, August 16, 2015, Timberline Campground, Waukee, IA - 289.4 Miles Today, 9987.5 For the Trip

Another day, another 300 miles closer to Oswego! Nothing much to say about today's part of the journey, although the Timberline Campground is one of the nicer ones I've found along I80. I'm sure there are many others, but the Timberline has me in site 69, nestled between two trees (I wouldn't want to back a long trailer into the location), an electric & water site for $37.68 with the Good Sam's discount & paying cash. Clean unisex bathrooms (only two at this end near the office) and shade at the level site. Long enough that I didn't have to unhook.

Since I arrived around 2:00, I spent most of day afternoon sitting outside & reading. It isn't quite as hot as the last two days, and was comfortable in the shade of the two large trees on site. There is a fair (2 bars) AT&T signal here, and an OK Verizon 4G LTE data signal.

Dinner will be a grilled chicken paddy sandwich & snap peas.

Until Next Time -