2021 - 2022 Trip To The Southwest

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Day 1, Thursday, October 21, 2021 - Anne & Guido's, Binghamton, NY
Day 2, Friday, October 22, 2021 - Jonestown KOA, Jonestown, PA
Day 3, Saturday, October 23, 2021 - Jonestown KOA, Jonestown, PA, Day 2
Day 4, Sunday, October 24, 2021 - Natural Chimney County Park, Mt Solon, VA
Day 5, Monday, October 25, 2021 - Natural Chimney County Park, Mt Solon, VA, Day 2
Day 6, Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - Hungry Mother State Park, Marion, VA
Day 7, Wednesday, October 27, 2021 -Hungry Mother State Park, Marion, VA, Day 2
Day 8, Thursday, October 28, 2021 - Hungry Mother State Park, Marion, VA, Day 3
Day 9, Friday, October 29, 2021 - Hungry Mother State Park, Marion, VA, Day 4
Day 10, Saturday, October 30, 2021 - Hungry Mother State Park, Marion, VA, Day 5
Day 11, Sunday, October 31, 2021 - Melton Dam TVA Campground, Lenoir City, TN
Day 12, Monday, November 1, 2021 - Melton Dam TVA Campground, Lenoir City, TN, Day 2
Day 13, Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - Montgomery Bell State Park, Dickson, TN
Day 14, Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - Montgomery Bell State Park, Dickson, TN, Day 2
Day 15, Thursday, November 4, 2021 -Tishomingo State Park, MS
Day 16, Friday, November 5, 2021 -Jeff Busby Campground, Natchez Trace Parkway, MS
Day 17, Saturday, November 6, 2021 - Natchez State Park, Natchez, MS
Day 18, Sunday, November 7, 2021 - Anacoco Lake Spillway RV Park, Leesville, LA
Day 19, Monday, November 8, 2021 - Lake Somerville State Park, Somerville, TX
Day 20, Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - Lake Somerville State Park, Somerville, TX, Day 2
Day 21, Wednesday, November 10, Pecan Valley RV Park & Farm, Junction, TX
Day 22, Thursday, November 11, 2021 - Pecan Valley RV Park & Farm, Junction, TX, Day 2
Day 23, Friday, November 12, 2021 - Fort Stockton RV Park, Fort Stockton, TX
Day 24, Saturday, November 13, 2021 -Fort Stockton RV Park, Fort Stockton, TX, Day 2
Day 25, Sunday, November 14, 2021 - Rio Grande Village Campground, Big Bend National Park, Big Bend, TX
Day 26, Monday, November 15, 2021 - Rio Grande Village Campground, Big Bend National Park, Big Bend, TX, Day 2
Day 27, Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - Rio Grande Village Campground, Big Bend National Park, Big Bend, TX, Day 3
Day 28, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - Rio Grande Village Campground, Big Bend National Park, Big Bend, TX, Day 4
Day 29, Thursday, November 18, 2021 - Rio Grande Village Campground, Big Bend National Park, Big Bend, TX, Day 5
Day 30, Friday, November 19, 2021 - Tumble Inn RV Park, Marfa, TX
Day 31, Saturday, November 20, 2021 - Tumble Inn RV Park, Marfa, TX, Day 2
Day 32, Sunday, November 21, 2021 - Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus, NM
Day 33, Monday, November 22, 2021 - Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus, NM, Day 2
Day 34, Tuesday, November 23, 2021 - Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus, NM, Day 3
Day 35, Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus, NM, Day 4
Day 36, Thursday, November 25, 2021 - Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus, NM, Day 5
Day 37, Friday, November 26, 2021 - Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus, NM, Day 6
Day 38, Saturday, November 27, 2021 - Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus, NM, Day 7
Day 39 Sunday, November 28, 2021 - Sunny Flats Forest service Campground, Portal, AZ
Day 40, Monday, November 29, 2021 - Whitewater Draw, McNeal, AZ
Day 41, Tuesday, November 30, 2021 - Whitewater Draw, McNeal, AZ, Day 2
Day 42, Wednesday, December 1, 2021 -Gilbert Ray Campground, Tucson, AZ
Day 43, Thursday, December 2, 2021 -Gilbert Ray Campground, Tucson, AZ, Day 2
Day 44, Friday, December 3, 2021 - Gilbert Ray Campground, Tucson, AZ, Day 3

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - Oswego, NY - 0 Miles, 0 Miles for the Trip

After taking a winter off and spending it in Oswego, mostly because traveling during the Covid era when vaccines were not available didn't make much sense, I'm heading out. I am fully vaccinated (even got my booster shot) and am ready for a trip to Arizona. I did a few changes to the trailer over the last year, including adding an additional lithium battery for a total of 3, and switched my portable 160 watt solar panel to a 300 watt flexible panel that is smaller & lighter.

The truck is packed, and the trailer is as packed as I can do ahead of leaving day. There will be a bunch of last minute additions on Thursday.

The trailer has 30,942.8 miles on it, the truck at 42,404.

The first month or so of the trip is a bit unusual for me in that I've made reservations all the way up to November 28th. I usually avoid reservations since I prefer to be flexible in my traveling plans, but during summer travel I found that getting sites without reservations was difficult. While the winter is probably better, I still decided to reserve when I could. I do have a stop planned at Jeff Busby Campground on the Natchez Trace that doesn't take reservations and hope I'll be able to get a site. If not, I'll look for the nearest commercial campground. Because I made reservations, I am pretty much duplicating my 2019 trip, at least until Big Bend National Park in Texas. I've also discovered that many state & national parks have gone to reservation only (with many not allowing reservations within two days of arrival) rather than keeping a bunch of first come sites. While this solves the money handling problems, it makes it difficult for unscheduled stops. It is also a bit annoying to see all the reserved, but empty sites since many national parks camping fees are under $10.00 per night with the various park passes. While some state parks are as expensive (or even more) than the nearby commercial parks, there are many that are also so inexpensive that people make reservations that, if they don't use, don't bother to cancel. I'm not sure what the solution is but since the park is being paid for the site, they don't seem to be in a hurry to find one.

Enough whining. I'm on a schedule for the first month & will live with it. The first long stay will be at Hungry Mother State Park in Virginia for a fiberglass rally. Many of the usual activities won't happen because of Covid, but it will be nice to see folks that I haven't seen in over a year.

I made my last deliveries for Meals on Wheels until next April then packed everything I wouldn't need overnight. A bit of excitement at St Luke's Apartments (my Meals on Wheels delivery location). A fire truck was pulled up to the building with a truck ladder going to one of the balconies. Luckily, it was an exercise for the fire crews.

Rescue Exercise

After that I did some last minute shopping, then returned to continue packing the trailer. By the way, it was a beautiful day. Oswego is just trying to keep me from leaving for Arizona - it hit 68°F this afternoon. Of course I know better - January is coming. I quit packing around 4:00 as a light rain began to fall.

Until Tomorrow -

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