Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Day 2, Jonestown KOA, Jonestown, PA

Site 59, Jonestown, PA KOA

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - Jonestown KOA, Jonestown, PA - 162.6 Miles, 286 Miles for the Trip

So far, so good on not catching Don's cold. A very foggy drive down I 81 to Jonestown. The traffic was down to 50 MPH in the foggiest areas. I still arrived early (12:10) at the Jonestown KOA, in fact, early enough that they added $4.00 ($2.00 per hour) for an early arrival. Total for a full hookup site was $51.70 with my KOA member discount. If it wasn't such an easy stop at the right distance from home or Don & Anne's, I'd probably go somewhere else. I don't need the sewer connection since I'm starting out with empty tanks, and like all KOA's more expensive than most. It is also one of the few campgrounds in the northern part of I 81 that is open year around. In any case, I am here.

There was light rain falling off & on during the afternoon, but now it is steady. Between the early bursts, I headed for the shower. I'll continue my "Shower Ratings" on this trip - at least a B+ like most KOA's. 4 hooks, a dry drying room with dry deck on the floor & a bench, and a reasonable shower head. On the minus side, the showers are small & the water temperature adjustment is difficult to adjust to a comfortable temperature.

After the shower I spent the rest of the afternoon reading. Current book is Anne Tyler's Clock Dance. From the looks of my weather radar app, it is likely to rain for the rest of the day (and maybe night!) I'm glad I got here when I did even if it cost me $4.00 in early arrival fees. I watched the guy next to me set up in a downpour. Didn't look like fun. I've only had to do that once or twice in the 9 years I've had a trailer. We did it a couple of times in tents way back when (before we developed the good sense to head for a motel when it was raining).

Dinner was 1/4 of a broasted chicken with macaroni salad & French fries delivered to my site. Much easier to order from the KOA Store than grilling in the rain!

Until Tomorrow -

Monday, October 21, 2019

Day 1, Don & Anne's, Binghamton, NY

The CAT Scale
Monday, October 21, 2019 - Binghamton, NY - 123.4 Miles, 123.4 Miles for the Trip

A slow start, and on the road at 10:15. I made a stop at the CAT scale on the corner of NY 104 & I 81 to weigh the trailer. Using their scales, the trailer came in at 4860 pounds, ands a tongue weight of 540 pounds. I'm not sure where the 69 pound difference from yesterday's weighing on my home scale & the CAT calculation came from - I didn't think I added that much stuff this morning, but that is what it came in at.

I took a photo looking down my driveway at the sugar maples along the road - still lots of leaves on them, but some nice color. As usual, more photos at today's LakeshoreImages page.

I stopped for the night at Don & Anne's in Binghamton. Probably my last time in a real bedroom until April.

Until Tomorrow -

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Day 0, Getting Ready to Leave

Rice Creek at County Route 89
Sunday, October 20, 2019 - Oswego, NY - 0 Miles, 0 Miles for the Trip

The starting page for this trip covers the 2 weeks before I leave on Monday, October 21st.

Another year, another trip to the southwest. For the first time in 3 years, I'm starting in October, rather than August. Here is a link to the starting page at my website - LakeshoreImages.

In 2017 I left in August to pick up my new Escape 21 trailer. A great 270 day trip covering the central & eastern parts of the west coast states, Quartzsite, AZ for the winter, A week of fireworks in Lake Havasu City, AZ, then back to Townsend, TN for an April fiberglass trailer rally.

Last year I left in August to attend the Boler 50th Reunion with friends in a Scamp. After the reunion we continued west, touring Colorado, New Mexico, Utah & Arizona, and the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. After the fiesta Guido & Anne headed back east, and I made my way to the Matagorda Madness Rally in Texas, and on to Big Bend National Park. After that it was off to Quartzsite again for the winter, another visit to the SARA Rodeo Grounds for fireworks, and back across the south to the Townsend Rally, a visit with my daughter's family in the DC area, and home. Only 265 days!

So, it is now time to start packing for another trip. I did some major modifications to the trailer's electrical system by exchanging the stock lead acid batteries for a pair of lithium batteries. I hope this will provide a bit more comfort when dry camping.

I printed out a 4 page copy of my packing list - I guess I'm getting old enough that I deal with a list rather than discover 1000 miles away that I left something important home. Actually, the list helps since stuff is listed by location, and I take the checked off copy with me so I can find where I put rarely used items. Even with the list, I usually have to buy some forgotten or lost item along the road, but it sure helps.

I am enjoying a bit of Fall this time. We do have some beautiful color changes most years, although this year is a bit duller than normal. I stopped at Fallbrook & Rice Creek for a photo, and while the small falls behind the Fallbrook barn is pretty, no color in the trees.

With a relatively clear western horizon over Lake Ontario, Oswego has some beautiful sunsets. Just an average one tonight (10/9).

Fall is just starting here along the lake. It is always a bit later than at the higher altitude, cooler Adirondacks, and usually doesn't have as dramatic color, but here is a couple of images (Yes, we do have an algae problem!)

The truck & trailer are about 3/4 packed; most of the remaining packing is stuff that has to be at the last minute - food, meds, etc. It is definitely cooling off. Today's high is around 52°F, and it has been in the 40's at night. Almost feels like January in Quartzsite!

Sunday, October 20th:

Just a few things left to pack. I weighed the trailer tongue using my 0 - 500 pound bathroom scale & it is currently 471 pounds. I'll add a few more pounds in the morning, and plan to stop at a CAT Scale on the way to Binghamton & the Guidos. Speaking of the Guidos, the original plan was for them to accompany me as far as Hungry Mother State Park in VA for a fiberglass trailer rally, however Anne's sister passed away after a long illness, and they won't be able to attend the rally.

The truck has 21,709.4 miles on the clock as of this afternoon. On the way to filling it up, I stopped at Snake Swamp (just down the road from my house) for a couple of photos. Some color, but not as bright as some years. Note the 5' pole on the side of the road. I see lots of these out west, but here in the east they are only in the snowbelt areas. It would be a bad thing if the snowplow tried to plow the swamp!  Again, most of these photos are on Day 0 at LakeshoreImages.

Until Tomorrow -

Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Niagara Wine Escape, Saturday Update

The Pot Luck Dinner Line
A nice day - a bit windy, but warm. There was a "Blue Tarp" event in the morning - bring the stuff you want to get rid of, hoping someone else will want it. I only took a few things back at the end of the day. Trailer viewing went on throughout the day, with a pot luck dinner at 5:00. Lots of door prizes given away.  More photos added at today's update.

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Niagara Wine Escape Friday Update

Around a Windy Campfire
A pleasant day, although thunderstorms are predicted for tonight. I baked a couple of blueberry pies, and made a couple of rounds of picture taking.

We had a windy campfire & a beer exchange in the dark.  Updated photos were added at the Niagara Wine Escape page.