Friday, September 22, 2017

Texas RV Supply, San Antonio, TX - Sept 20 - 21

Texas RV Supply, San Antonio, TX - Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Morning 78 Degrees, Wind W at calm to 1 Mph, Humidity 88%, cloudy.
Afternoon 97 Degrees, Wind ESE at 7 to 16 Mph, Humidity 40%, mostly sunny.

Maintenance on Buster here at “Buster’s Doctor”, the first is our rear air conditioner. We left for breakfast and shopping allowing the workers to do their work. Also needing attention were the outside grip installation and our turn signals, were not working While we were out I got a call telling us there is a module that is shorted needing replacement, order and ship part over night. They also said our headlights were not working, we do not drive at night

After coming back from dinner we were working around cleaning Tan Jan and making a device to hold our refrigerator closed when making turns. Presently we use a velcro strap that works most of the time. When making left turns I put too much side load on the velcro that it releases allowing the freezer the come open which also opens the refrigerator. As it was getting dark there was a couple walking a dog, they are also here for maintenance, we talked for a while before putting our stuff away and settling down for the night.

Texas RV Supply, San Antonio, TX - Thursday, September 21, 2017
Morning 80 Degrees, Wind SSE at 1 to 3 Mph, Humidity 87%, cloudy.
Afternoon 96 Degrees, Wind NE at 2 to 4 Mph, Humidity 45%, partly cloudy.

We got Tan Jan moving early to Jourdinton as we are visiting with our doctor. Shoving off about seven-twenty for the hour trip there. After that it was time for breakfast and give Tan Jan a drink of gasoline for our trip back to San Antonio. The first gas purchase since we left North Carolina.

On our way back we detoured to a drug screen hear by Buster’s parking spot. We heve been gone so long it is a restart of employment. So we could be back to work gate guarding tomorrow afternoon.

Buster’s total trip west was 1,468 miles over six days of travel averaging two hundred forty-five miles a day.  

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Texas RV Supply, San Antonio, TX Sept 19

Hwy 155 RV Park, Palestine Texas - Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Morning 75 Degrees, Wind SSW at 4 to 10 Mph, Humidity 99%, cloudy.

Buster got a late start today and a longer trip. When we pulled in yesterday it was raining hard so I just pulled into a site with Tan Jan still connected leaving us on generator power until the rain stopped. After the rain I confected electric and water but the waste connection was too far back for me, so I waited until this morning to dump tanks. I want empty tanks for our next stop as there is no connection where they park Buster.

Buster went back down HWY 155 to Loop 256 around to US 79 south. Another round of “Love Bugs” and Another dirty windshield today.

Texas RV Supply, San Antonio, TX
Afternoon 94 Degrees, Wind E at 2 to 4 Mph, Humidity 43%, partly cloudy.
After a while we turned onto Texas 130 toll road south to bypass interstate thirty-five in the Austin area where traffic slows and stops for no reason, just too much volume of vehicles. The toll road is not “Buster Speed” as I had to keep to the right lane. Speed limit is eighty miles per hour but I did not drive that fast. We connected into interstate thirty-five in Buda, TX continuing into San Antonio arriving at Texas RV Supply about four o’clock two hundred sixty miles today. After talking with service and getting parked my wife and I went out for dinner. They were gone for the day when we returned but they give us a key to the lock on the fence gate, I guess you could say we are living in a gated community.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hwy 155 RV Park, Palestine Texas Sept 18

Pavilion RV Park, West Monroe, LA - Monday, September 18, 2017
Morning 72 Degrees, Wind SE calm, Humidity 96%, partly cloudy.

Another day continuing west driving Buster on interstate twenty. Buster drive into a section of “Love bugs” messes a windshield real bad. Another reason to stop for fuel, clean the windshield. It has been a good road, with some sections of construction for re-paving, until Shreveport, LA where the road needs more than re-paving, concrete road that is uneven and jars your teeth and shakes Buster to the bones. Slowing down does not help but next time I will take the extra miles of going around on interstate two-twenty. Got diesel fuel for Buster in Greenwood, LA just before the Texas state line. Most of the construction has been nearing the the completion of the job, where they are doing the finishing work on the side we are traveling. The other side the paver and rollers are still working. Today our cat Rahlee ventured here to the front, checking out the bugs on the windshield picture below

Rahlee on patrol

Love Bugs on the windshield 

Hwy 155 RV Park, Palestine Texas
Afternoon 88 Degrees, Wind ENE at 3 to 5 Mph, Humidity 58%, mostly cloudy rain.

The picture above was taken emtering Texas on interstate twenty about the six hundred thirty-six mile marker we traveled only a short way on interstate twenty before turning onto US 59 south bound then onto US 79 south bound. While traveling on US 79 we had rain a good drenching, cleaned Busters windshield better than I did at the fuel stop.

The rain started again after turning onto Loop 256 and HWY 155 to the campground another “bug cleaning” rain a real down pour as Buster pulled in. I called on the phone for a site number and got one going directly to the campsite. I waited for the rain shower to finish before going out to connect the electric power continuing to run the generator while we waited for the rain to stop.

HWY 155 RV Park

Monday, September 18, 2017

Pavilion RV Park, West Monroe, LA Sept 17

Cane Creek RV Park & Campground Heflin, AL - Saturday, September 16, 2017
Morning 66 Degrees, Wind SE calm, Humidity 99%, mostly cloudy.

Buster at Cane Creek RV Park

I started moving Buster about ten o’clock after connecting Tan Jan to the tow bar and stowing the water hoses and electric cord. In less than two miles Buster is heading west on interstate twenty. Did not notice any tree blow downs today.

Benchmark Coach & RV Park, Meridian, Mississippi
Afternoon 90 Degrees, Wind N at calm to 7 Mph, Humidity 59%, partly sunny.
Buster at Benchmark Coach & RV Park
Stopped for diesel fuel southwest of Birmingham, AL otherwise nothing special. Rahlee (our cat) does well most of the time, but “talks” when Busters engine is started and when Buster starts rolling, every time. He did better in the late spring as a kitten than he is doing a a maturing cat. After he “speaks his piece” he settles (quiets) down. Rahlee set in some interesting places inside Buster while driving down the road.

Benchmark Coach & RV Park, Meridian, Mississippi - Sunday, September 17, 2017
Morning 68 Degrees, Wind SSW calm, Humidity 96%, sunny.

Buster started on the road about ten continuing west on interstate twenty. Today we crossed west of the Mississippi river. After entering northeast Louisiana we had a shower for a couple of miles. It was noticeable crossing into Louisiana flatter roads no more hills up and down as we go west.

Pavilion RV Park, West Monroe, LA
Afternoon 94 Degrees, Wind ENE at 4 to 9 Mph, Humidity 49%, partly sunny rain after dark.

Other than the rain shower it was a nice travel day. Buster stopped for diesel fuel just east of Jackson, Mississippi. While traveling we have the generator running for the front roof air conditioner as the dash mounted car type air conditioner can not keep up also our house type refrigerator is also electric only. We could run the refrigerator off the batteries thru the inverter but not the air conditioner. When we stop I keep the generator running and during refueling it is difficult to get the tank full so I refuel more often. Besides it is a break from driving and strech the legs.

Thought For The Day – Everybody appreciates your honesty until you are honest with them. Then they all think you’re a jerk.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Cane Creek RV Park Sept 15

Pine Acres Campground,  Aiken, SC - Friday, September 15, 2017
Morning 67 Degrees, Wind West calm, Humidity 99%, sunny.

Buster was on the road about ten this morning for our trip west on interstate twenty. Todays planned route takes us thru Atlanta a city I would rather avoid but I will take the shortest route.

Pine Acres Campground

Cane Creek RV Park & Campground Heflin, AL
Afternoon 86 Degrees, Wind S at 1 to  Mph, Humidity 51%, .
Thru Alanta there were slowdowns at the interchanges for interstate two eighty-five on the east and west side of town. Interstate twenty every so often had trees that were blown down and some that were close to the road had to be topped to clear lanes for traffic. Evidence of storm damage from Irma. Crossing into Alabama Buster entered the central time zone. Except for the interstate interchanges it was clear sailing with light to moderate traffic.

Cane Creek RV Park

Friday, September 15, 2017

Aiken, SC Pine Acres Campground Sept 14

Buster’s Spot Duncan, NC - Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Morning 65 Degrees, Wind  at  to  Mph, Humidity 92%, partly cloudy.
Busy day getting Buster ready to travel. Sorting stowing checking air pressure all things put in their traveling locatio inside and outside.

Buster’s Spot Duncan, NC - Thursday, September 14, 2017
Morning 67 Degrees, Wind  at  to  Mph, Humidity 96%, mostly cloud yearly morning rain.
I started today’s outside work before the rain stopped getting some work done then returning inside for that work. The rain stopped and I finished up outside. Getting Buster started I moved him forward some and collected the wood from under the wheels and the jack pads and stowed that under Buster. Connecting Tan Jan in the street getting ready to drive. Our cat Rahlee started crying and carrying on about Buster moving I was not paying attention if my wife was inside. About a mile down the road I realized this and took another mile to pullover and attempt to call her. Then she came forward and spoke saying she was trying to calm Rahlee down. It felt good that she was not left behind. Now I am not saying I did everything as my wife concentrates solely on the inside and there I am only the helper

I wanted to take state roads over to US 1 and take that south but somehow I never reached US 1 in Sanford, NC but ended up on state road 87 south to interstate ninety-five. I was planning on the computer mapping and following the Garmin GPS. I did not follow too close on the computer knowing I will follow the GPS and assuming they were going the same way and they did not. This way was a little longer miles.

Aiken, SC Pine Acres Campground
Afternoon 84 Degrees, Wind SE calm, Humidity 61%, sunny.
After interstate ninety-five I went southwest on interstate twenty to Aiken. Just under six hours on the road and two hundred seventy three miles. The whole trip was dry and roads were dry for a nice driving day. I did notice some trees in south Carolina along interstate twenty were damaged by the hurricane Irma winds.
 Thought For The Day – My superpower is holding onto useless junk for years, and then throwing it away a week before I need it.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Buster’s Spot Duncan, NC - Sept 10 - 12

Buster’s Spot Duncan, NC - Sunday, September 10, 2017
Morning 56 Degrees, Wind SW at 2 to 4 Mph, Humidity 88%, partly cloudy.

Today we are making a plan to skip Florida this year and return back to Texas but not traveling interstate ten but taking interstate twenty further north and avoiding Houston, Texas. I also found out my sister has evacuated Clearwater, Florida to Charlotte, North Carolina for this hurricane Irma.

Late this afternoon we are getting some Irma “weather” wind and rain.  

Buster’s Spot Duncan, NC - Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Morning 64 Degrees, Wind WNW at 4 to 6 Mph, Humidity 96%, rain.
Afternoon 84 Degrees, Wind  at  to  Mph, Humidity 79%, mostly cloudy.

It rained last night and today an inch plus acclimation, nothing compai\red to the hurricane areas. There was some wind last night and again nothing compared to Irma or Harvey.

We now have our plans to travel west from here. We have heard from the gate guard company and they are looking for workers and wanting to know when we are coming back. I told them the end of the month.

Thought For The Day – I think I’m starting to lose my mind. But as long as I can retain the part that tells when I have to pee, I’ll be okay.