Thursday, March 22, 2018

Day 230, Thursday, March 22, 2018 - Bolding Mill COE Campground, Gainesville, GA

Site 73
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - Bolding Mill COE Campground, Gainesville, GA, - 66.9 Miles, 6,626.9 Towing Miles For the Trip

Another cool night, getting down to 35°F overnight. I got off to a slow start since I was only planning on a short hop today. I stopped at a Kroger's on the way for some groceries, and a Target looking for a stainless steel pie pan - not even an aluminum one! I did stop at a restaurant supply on the way, but while there were a bunch of vehicles parked outside, believe it or not, I couldn't find a door into the place! If I drive into Gainesville, I'll look for one there.

I picked out the Bolding Mill Corps of Engineer's Campground after reading reviews on RV Park Reviews (actually, finding the park with AllStays Camp & RV app, then linking to the RV Park Reviews). I checked on the availability of sites last night, and there were only three available for a three day stay. That always makes me a bit nervous - When the campground is 90% full, why are these sites left? Usually they are the sites that the locals know are hard to get into, unlevel, or otherwise undesirable. Still, the photo looked good, so I booked it on line. I'm in site 73, a water & electric site for $16.00 per night with the Senior Pass discount. As my site photo shows, a very nice site overlooking the lake.

A check of AT&T shows a -105dBm signal without an amp, providing 1Mbps down & 2.3Mbps up, fast enough for reading blogs and non graphic web pages. A bit slow for heavy graphics pages or video streaming. My Verizon Jetpack shows a -96dBm 4G LTE connection without an amp that is a bit faster at 2.5Mbps up & 2.9Mbps down.

As long as I'm doing campground reports, I might as well do the showers. Excellent layout, with a good showerhead, hot water, bench, lots of hooks, a dry floor in the drying area & 2 shower curtains. The only bad is no room heat (or if there is, it is sneaking through a grill near the ceiling that doesn't reach the shower area). 50°F makes for fast drying!

I spent much of the afternoon looking up waterfall locations & punching them into my GPS. If the weather looks good, that is the plan for tomorrow.

Dinner was a grilled turkey Bubba burger & coleslaw.

Until Tomorrow -

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Day 229, Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - McKinney COE Campground, Allatoona Lake, GA, Day 3

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - McKinney COE Campground, Allatoona Lake, GA, Day 3 - 0 Miles, 6,560 Towing Miles For the Trip

A cold day! 50°F was the high, with 40°F overnight. No rain, even breaks of sun, but still pretty cold. Somehow I acclimated myself to the comparatively warm Arizona winter, and finding 50 degree days cold!

I did go for my usual walk around the campground. The turkeys are far enough into the woods that I couldn't get a usable photo, but the walk was OK. A few new trailers have moved into the campground, but there is still lots of empty sites.

I thought about where to go for the next couple of weeks until the Townsend rally. One part of me (my chilly bones) wants to head to the coast, hoping for warmth, but I've been there many times, and haven't spent much time in the Georgia/Tennessee hills, so I'll wander around the area. Sooner or later, it is going to warm up. The weather people are reporting the 4th Northeaster in a month. While they are calling it nothing special, I can't remember ever having that many in March. So far they are to the north & east, so I haven't seen snow. Matter of fact, other than mountaintops, I haven't seen snow in 3 years!

Most of the day was spent in the trailer reading both my Kindle & the computer. The little electric cube heater is keeping the trailer in the high 60's, so I'm staying in.

Dinner was a couple of grilled cheese (and peanut butter) sandwiches, along with chips & a peach fruit cup.

Until Tomorrow -

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Day 228, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - McKinney COE Campground, Allatoona Lake, GA, Day 2

A Campground Turkey
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - McKinney COE Campground, Allatoona Lake, GA, Day 2 - 0 Miles, 6,560 Towing Miles For the Trip

After posting yesterday's journal I headed for the showers. I'd have to rate them excellent, at least the handicapped one. The standard shower has a high pressure shower head and no hooks, but it appears that it doesn't get used much - a dry floor, while the handicapped shower looks well used, and no one is parked in any of the nearby handicapped sites. A door, bench, hook, drying room that has a dry floor, even after showering, a shower curtain that goes to the floor, and a hand held shower head that still has the hardware to hang it on the wall. Even the alternate shower head, although too low for a standing 6 footer, is a standard, not high pressure head. Lots of hot water, and a room heater aimed at the showers. Little to complain about!

Back at the trailer, I watched the second wave of the thunderstorms go by. Scary at the start because the worst of it was aimed at my location, at least while the storm was in Alabama. Towards 10:00 it split, with the worst of it 30 miles south hitting Atlanta, and just heavy rain here. The radio reported tornados to the west & south, softball sized hail, and wind damage all over the area. Parts of Atlanta are still without electricity. I guess it was my lucky night!

I slept late this morning, probably due to not quite adjusting to the time zone change. It was still dark during my 7:00AM eye drops. Eventually, I crawled out of bed, went for a walk, had breakfast, then hung out in the trailer. A dreary day, with little sun, and much cooler, in the 50's this morning, and only getting into the low 60's during the day. I did go for a second walk and took a few photos of the turkey flock that hangs out around the campground. I couldn't get the tom to display for me; maybe next time. I'm also adding a photo I remember taking but never downloading back in Quartzsite. I don't know if it is the other side of the Goodyear blimp, or a different one, but it was heading towards California. More photos at today's LakeshoreImages post.

That was it for the day.

Dinner was a bowl of frozen chicken stew (well it wasn't frozen after 5 minutes in the microwave!)

Until Tomorrow -

Monday, March 19, 2018

Day 227, Monday, March 19, 2018 - McKinney COE Campground, Allatoona Lake, GA

Site 71
Monday, March 19, 2018 - McKinney COE Campground, Allatoona Lake, GA, - 200.9 Miles, 6,560 Towing Miles For the Trip

Most of the drive was on I 85, although I took the Atlanta bypass ( I 285) which was 5 lanes of packed traffic at 2:00 in the afternoon. Speaking of time, I'm back in the Eastern Time Zone, which means my east coast internet radio stations will be playing at the real time. Actually, while in Arizona, I got used to listening to a couple of my favorite "late night" programs earlier in the evening.

I'm in site 71, a water & electric site at the McKinney Corps of Engineer's campground on Allatoona Lake for the next 3 days. $14 per night with the Senior Pass. Good AT&T coverage with a -105dBm signal without an amp & fairly fast data transfers. My iPad shows 3 bars of Verizon, again, without an amplifier, and acceptable data speed.

There was some very light rain on the drive, so little that the wipers never got off the slowest intermittent setting, but the weather reports are scary, at least for a northerner. Thunderstorms, tornados, tennis ball sized hail, etc. The Atlanta NPR station says it is coming, but my radar app shows a somewhat clear slot over the campground. Right now it is showing a small round purple spot (a possible tornado indicator) heading for Carrollton, a town southeast of the campground. Not much I can do about it since I have to stop somewhere. I'll keep an eye on the radar app & head for the cement block bathrooms if it looks bad. I did leave the trailer connected to the truck to give it a bit more weight if it gets windy!

With the time zone change, I finished setting up around 3:00, so other than a quick look at the bathroom building, I haven't seen much of the campground. Lots of empty sites, although there are a few trailers in the nearby sites.

Dinner was a Marie Callender's Creamy Mushroom Chicken Pot Pie.

Until Tomorrow -

Day 226, Sunday, March 19, 2018 - Gunter Hill Campground, Montgomery, AL, Day 8

Sunday, March 19, 2018 - Gunter Hill Campground, Montgomery, AL, Day 8 - 0 Miles, 6,359.1 Towing Miles For the Trip

Just a short update for today, in fact, so boring I almost forgot to do one. Nothing much happening, other than the campground emptying out of fiberglass & a bunch of "stickies" moving in. I did hook up the trailer before the rain started. It rained most of the afternoon & early evening, and the weather report calls for rain all day tomorrow, so getting some of the packing up done ahead of time will save putting wet stuff in the truck & trailer, and getting wet myself. At least it is still warm - in the mid 60's at 11:00PM.

Dinner was an Amy's Enchilada dinner.

Until Tomorrow -