Thursday, February 24, 2022

2021 - 2022 Trip To The Southwest, Day 127

 Thursday, February 24, Twin Peaks Campground, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, AZ, Day 4

I thought I posted this earlier, but didn't see it when I looked through the Organ Pipe postings, so the results of a speed check for AT&T & Verizon here in the campground: Verizon 40.8Mbps down & 1.7Mbps up, AT&T 36.9Mbps down & 10.8 up. 

Another cool night at 39°F at 7:00AM, and 40°F during my 8:30 walk around the campground. To give you an idea of the size of the place, skipping every other row and going from top to bottom, it is 1 1/4 miles before you hit the tenting sites at the bottom.

Back at the trailer I baked a tube of Pillsbury Cinnamon rolls for breakfast. I like Amy's much better, but at least running the oven warmed up the trailer. 

After breakfast I read my usual forums & journals, and chatted with a new Escape owner that is taking photos of all the Escapes in the campground - they counted 7 of us. A clear, but cool day - at noon it is still only 50°F outside. My 2 rooftop solar panels (160 watt each) are putting 15 amps into the batteries. Good, because with the heavy furnace use overnight and during yesterday, I was down to 75% on the batteries, the lowest of the trip. I thought about getting out the portable panel to get another 20 amps or so, but since I am heading to a water & electric site tomorrow, I'll leave it in the truck. 

By the way, by tomorrow I will have been without hookups for 79 days almost in a row (I did have 2 days with an electric hookup while my furnace was being repaired). A bit shorter than my record of 91 days, but still a good example of how solar & good batteries can let you avoid generators.

I spent much of the late afternoon sitting out in the sun & finishing Sheri S. Tepper's Grass, and starting Nita Prose's The Maid.

Dinner was a Johnsonville Cheddar brat & Bush beans. 

Until Tomorrow - 

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