Tuesday, May 14, 2024

2024 Trip to the Spring Fling

 Tuesday, May 14, 2024 - Broken Wheel Campground, Petersburg, NY, 220 Miles, 220 Miles For The Trip

I finished all my Spring projects, including replacing the Dometic 11,000 BTU air conditioner with a Houghton 9600 BTU AC. While the Dometic wasn't broken, is was so loud that I rarely used it. You couldn't talk in the trailer when it was running, even on low fan. The Houghton is much quieter, even on high. On low it is quieter than the fan in my electric heater.

By the way, if you followed my Spring Trip 2024 journal, you may have noted that I came back a couple of weeks early so I could photograph the eclipse as it passed over my house. Well, we had heavy clouds - I did take one photo before the clouds covered it all up - note the tiny notch in the lower right:

The Eclipse

My attempt at the solar storm (Northern Lights) photo wasn't much better. We did have a clear night during the minor storm the week before last & I got a photo looking out over Lake Ontario but it just looks like city lights on the other side of the lake. Still, it was the first time in the many years I have been in Oswego that we had clear enough weather for a Northern Lights photo.

The Northern Lights

Oswego was covered by heavy clouds during the major Northern Lights show last weekend, although some folks got some photos on Sunday night. I had given up by then.

After a couple of days of packing, and the last minute rush this morning to pack the stuff that I still used at home, I headed out around 10:00. I took the Thruway (I 90) and paid the tolls. I stopped for a bathroom break & lunch at a Thruway stop - Popeye's Chicken. I asked for a regular sandwich, but got spicy. A bit too spicy for me, but I ate it anyway. Gas was as high as $3.89 per gallon along the Thruway; I found a Sallems Food Mart along NY 7 that was $3.57.

I arrived at the Broken Wheel around 2:30, haven't found anyone to give my money to, but that is usually the case here this early in the season. Eventually, I found the owner & paid for the sites.

I set up in site 25, a water & electric site on grass with a picnic table for $40.00 per night. I checked the internet speed of AT&T; a long ping at 50ms, but 46.13Mbps down & .08Mbps up. I think something is wrong with the upload rate - my images for this page uploaded in a couple of seconds.

The Guidos are on their way, expecting to get here a little before 4:00 & will be in site 26.

Me in Site 25

The Guidos in Site 26

Dinner was a chicken, spinach & tomato meal provided by Anne.

Until next time.

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