Sunday, July 1, 2018

Latest happenings

Sunday July 1
Our granddaughter's softball team the (Cardinals) had a tournament in Salem,Va. Sat.and today. They won 2 games lost 2 all yesterday,so that eliminated them. So they came home early.
Our daughter and family are following the keto diet plan except the 13 year old grandson.They are trying different recipies for bread  so we get samples I must say they are good substitutes and alot healthier than regular bread.
They are making slider buns for the 4th.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Buster’s Spot, Holly Springs, NC - Jun 15 - 20

Walkabout Camp & RV Park, Woodbine, Georgia - Friday, June 15, 2018
Morning 75 Degrees, Wind NE at calm Mph, Humidity 95%, mostly sunny.
Buster at Walkabout Camp & RV
We did not get started as early today, just sluggish getting going. A short way up interstate ninety-five we stopped for diesel in Brunswick, GA. Just a long drive on interstate ninety-five, the Georgia part was nice as there were three lanes and no construction.

Bass Lake RV Campground, Dillon, SC
Afternoon 93 Degrees, Wind WNW at 4 to 12 Mph, Humidity 55%, mostly cloudy.

Buster at Bass Lake RV
Interstate ninety-five, in South Carolina still only two lanes of travel with a high traffic volume. We are now doing the speed limit and there are vehicles going faster than the spdde limit. Safe driving is more challenging on these roads. As we got close to the end of our days drive the clouds moved in with afternoon showers and I wanted to top off the diesel fuel at Flying J in Latta thus when we stop driving tomorrow we will have at least thre quarter full diesel fuel tank. Continuing of exits in the rain to the campground. We got setup in the site between the rain drops and it stopped a short time latter with a quite night.

Bass Lake RV Campground, Dillon, South Carolina - Saturday, June 16, 2018
Morning 74 Degrees, Wind ESE at  to  Mph, Humidity 94%, partly cloudy.

We got Buster moving about nine-thirty for the final leg of our trip today on interstate ninety-five and getting off the big road in Dunn, North Carolina taking US421 and other roads to our site. Only one hundred seven miles traveled for Buster. 

Buster’s Spot, Holly Springs, NC
Afternoon 88 Degrees, Wind SSE at 2 to 8 Mph, Humidity 46%, mostly sunny.
Took our time getting set up on the spot, leveled out and slide outs out and sun shades on the windshield. We were invited to lunch at Wild Wings by our grand children and latter our daughter Cindy came and made dinner for us all.

Buster’s Spot, Holly Springs, NC - Sunday, June 17, 2018
Morning 74 Degrees, Wind SSE at 2 to 8 Mph, Humidity 93%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 92 Degrees, Wind SSW at 1 to 9 Mph, Humidity 42%, mostly sunny.

We took it easy today, get up late and went to bed early restful day 

Buster’s Spot, Holly Springs, NC - Monday, June 18, 2018
Morning 76 Degrees, Wind W at  to  Mph, Humidity 87%, sunny.
Afternoon 94 Degrees, Wind NW at 2 to 7 Mph, Humidity 46%, sunny.

Recovery, we got up latter having a slow morning and prep for the softball games, shopping for fruit and cold cuts for snacks. Tomorrow will be an early start as we wiil be driving to Greensboro.

Buster’s Spot, Holly Springs, NC - Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Morning 72 Degrees, Wind WSW at 1 to 4 Mph, Humidity 93%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 96 Degrees, Wind WSW at 2 to 10 Mph, Humidity 40%, mostly sunny.

Ariana at Shortstop
We were up early and on the road to Greensboro, NC with a two hour trip for the Power Aid NC State High School Softball tournament at Carolyn Allen Park. Today two games back to back starting at nine o’clock. We had to be there an hour before for warmups and other team activities. Our grand daughter drive and played shortstop in both games. Our daughter Chris and her husband John we away for a long weekend celebrating their anniversary and he arrived in time for the second game. They team ended with a one win and one loss.

Buster’s Spot, Holly Springs, NC - Wednesday June 20, 2018
Morning 71 Degrees, Wind SW at 2 to 4 Mph, Humidity 99%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 93 Degrees, Wind SW at 4 to 13 Mph, Humidity 14%, mostly cloudy.

Greensboro high school softball one game at Carolyn Allen Park, a win and one game at NC Greensboro college with a weather delay for lighting in the area, a long day for the second game, a loss. Today our daughter Chris went and drove. This was another long day as the first game was at nine with a break in order to drive to NC Greensboro college and lunch. The game started and we had two innings on the book when they called a clear the park for lightening in the area from the thunder storms. Well we actually got neither. Now because of the delay they cut the game short at three innings. 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Walkabout Camp & RV Park, Woodbine, Georgia Jun 12 - 14

Clearwater Travel RV, Clearwater, Florida - Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Morning 74 Degrees, Wind ESE at calm Mph, Humidity 90%, sunny.
Afternoon 88 Degrees, Wind SW at 5 to 16 Mph, Humidity 59%, mostly sunny.

Beach day, we drove out to Sand Key and walking from Tan Jan to the water the sky behind us was getting dark. The sun was plenty hot so we only stayed a short time getting some sun and keeping an eye on the dark sky. When the “weather got close enough we decided to head back to Buster. We had some light rain driving back and there had been rain here at the park. We changed and went to my sister’s to catch up for three years since our last visit and dinner. Two of her three daughters were there also for dinner, we had a good time catching our lifes up to date.

Clearwater Travel RV, Clearwater, Florida - Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Morning 80 Degrees, Wind SSE at calm Mph, Humidity 92%, sunny.
Afternoon 90 Degrees, Wind N at 5 to 14 Mph, Humidity 57%, mostly sunny.

Today it was lunch on us we went to Joe’s Crab Shack with my sister for seafood and more visiting.

Clearwater Travel RV, Clearwater, Florida - Thursday, June 14, 2018
Morning 73 Degrees, Wind SSE at  to  Mph, Humidity 94%, sunny.

Buster pulled out of the RV site at nine o’clock for the roll up to the front to connect Tan Jan to the tow bar. We rolled up to SR 60 and waited for a break in the traffic to turn east onto the highway and a short drive up to the traffic light presented a problem as the causeway was blocked by police cars. We just turned south on 49th street to the next alternate SR 686 and that was backed up a long way to the exit.  Well take the next alternate SR 688 and that was not as bad and was moving well at first then the slowdown.  It was slow all the way to the Interstate 275 bridge as there was a truck and car pulled over on the shoulder with a police car behind them. After that traveling speed picked up and all this only took an hour and fifteen minutes. We continued to interstate seventy-five stopping in Dade City for diesel fuel and continuing to SR 326 and that exit was backed up. From there we made a left onto US 301 north. There is construction on US 301 in Starke. Looks like they are constructing a bypass around the town going on the west side. That is very much needed as there is a lot of thru traffic that will be able to move thru the area better. 
Walkabout Camp & RV Park, Woodbine, Georgia
Afternoon 90 Degrees, Wind WSW at 7 to 17 Mph, Humidity 59%, .
At interstate ten more construction and a backup trying to access the interstate highway. Well the construction is building the new right turn to access the interstate going eastbound. The rest of the drive was good but the “weather” (rain) was turning dark clouds and we are going to get it. We got here and park in the site before the rain (0.25 inches) but enough to disrupt the satellite television signal for awhile.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Clearwater Travel RV, Clearwater, Florida - Jun 10 - 11

Wilderness RV Park, Robertsdale, AL - Sunday, June 10, 2018
Morning 73 Degrees, Wind SW at calm Mph, Humidity 100%, partly cloudy.

We got Buster moving and were on the road eas about nine thirty continuing our trip on interstate ten

Deerwood Inn RV Park, Madison, FL
Afternoon 8 Degrees, Wind  at  to  Mph, Humidity %, .

Alabama is done and we are into Florida after a short drive. Our drive today was two hundred and seventy five miles crossing into the eastern time zone along the Florida Panhandle. Tomorrow we continue east before turning south towards Clearwater. We have had plenty of Texas vehicles passing us on the highway since we left Texas and some Louisiana also.

Deerwood Inn RV Park, Madison, FL - Monday, June 11, 2018
Morning 71 Degrees, Wind SE at  to  Mph, Humidity 100%, partly sunny.

We left after ten, but wanted to leave about nine and it turned out that we did not reset three clocks forward to eastern daylight time. I corrected that just before we started on the road today.

Clearwater Travel RV, Clearwater, Florida
Afternoon 91 Degrees, Wind NE at 2 to 11 Mph, Humidity 61%, mostly sunny.
Buster traveled east on interstate ten then south on interstate seventy-five to interstate two-seventy-five south to SR 60 west into Clearwater. Our trip of two hundred thirty-five miles was actually more relaxed today as the traffic seemed lighter. Iinterstate seventy-five to interstate two-seventy-five south was almost all three lanes with only a little construction. Two area where there was construction were where the Florida turnpike branches off interstate seventy-five and at state road fifty in the Brooksville area. In both cases they are constructing new bridges.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Wilderness RV Park, Robertsdale, AL - Jun 7 - 9

Gulf Coast RV - Beaumont, TX - Thursday, June 7, 2018
Morning 73 Degrees, Wind N at calm Mph, Humidity 91%, mostly cloudy.

We had Buster on the road before nine thirty for our days journey on interstate ten eastbound.

Hidden Oaks Family Campground - Hammond, LA
Afternoon 96 Degrees, Wind SSE at 1 to 4 Mph, Humidity 40%, partly sunny.

We left Texas behind us this morning going into Louisiana. We took the by pass around Lake Charles (I 210) only a little better ride wise, but it was better. Latter in the day we crossed east of the Mississippi River. Plenty of vehicle traffic all day and congestion getting to the bridge going over the Mississippi River and after the river. IN Baton Rouge we followed interstate twelve trying to avoid city traffic in New Orleans. We stopped for diesel fuel in Hammond ($3.059) before coming into the camp ground.

Hidden Oaks Family Campground - Hammond, LA - Friday, June 8, 2018
Morning 69 Degrees, Wind E at calm Mph, Humidity 94%, sunny.

We started later today, just could not get it all moving early. We had a plan to make our days end east of Pensacola but when we called them this morning they had no fifty amp electric power sites available only thirty amp sites. We could not run two air conditioners on that. Plus there would be power management for anything else we use electric like the micro wave oven and coffee maker. We continued east on interstate twelve when we got started about ten o’clock

Wilderness RV Park, Robertsdale, AL
Afternoon 86 Degrees, Wind S at 1 to 9 Mph, Humidity 58%, mostly cloudy.

Interstate twelve brought us back to interstate ten near the Mississippi state line and we continued east on interstate ten. For our day we had another one hundred ninety miles today. We stopped here for the fifty amp power to operate our air conditioners. We are now our of the triple digit temperatures but air conditioning is nice.

Wilderness RV Park, Robertsdale, AL - Saturday, June 9, 2018
Morning 72 Degrees, Wind S at calm Mph, Humidity 100%, sunny.
Afternoon 88 Degrees, Wind SW at 1 to 3 Mph, Humidity 80%, partly cloudy.

For the past two days I have ben dealing with a slow kitchen sink drain. Today I had to dig into the drain problem. We have tried draino (pour it in the drain and wait) I thought that was working but no. try more draino and there is no change. But wait we have this thin three foot snake plastic thing, it seamed like I reached and moved the “plug” further down the trap. Now empty the cabinet out to take down the trap. I loosened three nuts and the fourth I could not move and I can not find my extra large channel lock pliers. We drove down to Home Depot south of Foley, Alabama. I got a new pair of extra large channel lock pliers, and found this Drain Weasel I thought might come in handy. After getting back to Buster the pliers worked as expected two grips and the fourth nut loosened the rest of the way by hand. The trap was clear but putting my finger into the last part of the trap there was something plugging it up. I could not do any more with my finger so the Drain Weasel was used and I broke it enough to make it move into the down pipe. After putting the trap and drain back together I ran water and it still backed up in the sink. I got the plunger working again and now I cleared the blockage. This time I ran plenty of hot water down the drain and we are now good to go.

Because of this we decided to lay over today getting this drain cleared and resting from three days of driving. Since Wednesday we drove seven hundred and seventeen miles in three days.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Gulf Coast RV Beaumont, TX Jun 4 - 6

Texas RV Supply - San Antonio, Texas - Monday, June 4, 2018
Morning 75 Degrees, Wind W at calm Mph, Humidity 73%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 94 Degrees, Wind SE at 7 to 16 Mph, Humidity 33%, sunny.

Over the weekend I checked the new batteries they installed and found they did not reinstall my battery watering system so I spoke to them about that. Also the batteries I bought in Ladero I wanted to keep and add to the system making a six battery bank. The awning is done but the bedroom slide out still needs rollers replaced. Tonight I put out the hose for our showers and picked it up after we had our showers. Yes they did not get to the water pump replaced today. This morning they were slammed again with more rigs coming in for work.

Texas RV Supply - San Antonio, TX - Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Morning 73 Degrees, Wind ESE at calm Mph, Humidity 88%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 102 Degrees, Wind SE at 6 to 14 Mph, Humidity 28%, mostly sunny.

Another day of out early for work to being done on Buster. We went for breakfast and we had our laundry with us so today is laundry day. Buster is done and we start travel eastbound tomorrow. Work accomplished, replaced main awning fabric, install new rollers in the bedroom slide out, reattach inside grab rail, reconfigure house twelve volt batteries, four new batteries and the two I replaced in March were made into a six battery bank. The battery replacement fixed two other problems, difficulty in starting the generator and retracting the left front slide out. Both of those are a high power draw.

Secured compartment door hinges and replace fresh water pump. They also added hinges to what was a fixed panel for us and repaired the electric cord that connects to Tan Jan when towing. Recently drove Buster without Tan Jan connected to the tow bar and the electric cord was dragged on the road and the connector came off, my bad.

Texas RV Supply - San Antonio, TX - Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Morning 76 Degrees, Wind NNW at calm Mph, Humidity 84%, mostly cloudy.

We were up and out early again today a travel day. We went to breakfast and they were going to move Buster so he was in position to connect Tan Jan to the tow bar. That did not happen because we locked the door by mistake. So Buster was moved after we returned. We connected Tan Jan and pulled out of the yard about nine o’clock. I purchased a battery watering manifold to water our added batteries makes it easy job to add water and only the correct amount. With Buster towing Tan Jan it is easier going up Austin highway to interstate 410 and a short distance we are on interstate 35 headed south to interstate ten eastbound.

Gulf Coast RV Beaumont, TX 
Afternoon 94 Degrees, Wind  at 2 to 10 Mph, Humidity 44%, partly cloudy.
There were two very light showers in our area as we arrived just enough to show on the windshield and latter after parking Buster.

Our trip consisted of following interstate ten, right thru Houston, there were some slow spots for construction and in Houston there was an exit closed that slowed traffic. We stopped at Bucces for diesel $2.899 per gallon in Baytown. Continuing on to Beaumont we were two hundred seventy eight miles on the book for our day.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Texas RV Supply - San Antonio, Texas - Jun 1 - 3

Texas RV Supply - San Antonio, Texas - Friday, June 1, 2018
Morning 77 Degrees, Wind NE at 1 to 3 Mph, Humidity 84%, cloudy.
Afternoon 100 Degrees, Wind sse at 14 to 23 Mph, Humidity 33%, sunny.

We were out by eight AM for the work to begin on Buster. After breakfast we went to Home depot for water hose O rings, I perfer these over washers. The O rings are thicker and leak less than washers. Sometimes I have had to use two washers t to seat the hose end, not so with O rings. Then my wife wanted to browse Texas Thrift store, just to kill time. Then I wanted to look for new shoes, these I purchased in twenty fifteen so it is time for a new pair. From there we took a ride north on interstate thirty-five to Bucees, Large convenience store gas station, sixty pumps out front. When we were leaving there was three tanker trucks delivering fuel. By this time it is walk a Walmart time then lunch/dinner.

Getting back to Buster work is well under way but we probably will not leave until Monday. Making for a relaxing weekend.

It happened again today turning off the electric circuit breakers for the sign. We only loose right side power (one leg) of the fifty amp power being supplied to Buster.

Texas RV Supply - San Antonio, Texas - Saturday, June 2, 2018
Morning 76 Degrees, Wind SSW at 1 to 3 Mph, Humidity 84%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 101 Degrees, Wind sse at 11 to 20 Mph, Humidity 31%, sunny.

Texas RV Supply does not work weekends, so Buster is getting rested up of our trip.
We drove north-sixty one miles to the Pecan Street Pub to meet with our grandson Avery, Carole and Jackie. Jackie is part owner of the pub restaurant in Johnson City, Texas and we had a nice afternoon/evening visiting with then there. We got back to Buster after dark as we stopped for some groceries at a HEB Plus on US 281 coming back into San Antonio.

Texas RV Supply - San Antonio, Texas - Sunday, June 3, 2018
Morning 76 Degrees, Wind E at calm Mph, Humidity 82%, cloudy.
Afternoon 99 Degrees, Wind SE at 8 to 18 Mph, Humidity 35%, sunny.

With a rest day today and taking care of water chores for Buster, putting water in his fresh water tank and dumping the waste water tank. Water for showers and a few dishes used for breakfast yesterday and today. We came in with maybe a half tank of water on Wednesday and showers everyday we were low on water.

When we went to have showers tonight the water pump did not work, more work. But I was able to put our a hose to a faucet and use a tote to dump waste water. I cannot leave the hose out across the driveway so I pick that up and put it away after using it. It is a little inconvenient but it works for us as we are not paying for an RV park.