I had a wonderful night sleep in Tyler State Park (TX). With many more miles to travel I woke up early and walked to the wash room in the dark to take a nice warm shower and the other morning ablutions. The sun was just coming up as I returned to the camper to the sounds birds chirping in the trees.
As I cooked breakfast Momma Kitty really enjoyed looking at the birds through the camper’s large passenger side windows.
The outside temp was just above freezing so I took the opportunity to fill the camper’s fresh water tank. After letting the water run for a minute I go into the camper to check the sink faucet. The pump is running but no water! Damn, did I not fill the tank with enough water? I let the water run for a bit more and tried again. Nope, no water from the faucet. Did I not clear out the water line adequately after my last trip? Now I’m worried a pipe had frozen, or ice had damaged the water pump. I get out the tool box and open up the compartment under the dinette. I see that water has run up to the pump and there is a bubble, the water ‘pipes’ are actually clear hose, just upstream of the water pump. I squeeze the hose and the bubble doesn’t move. Could water still be frozen? I turn on the pump and squeeze the pipe. The pump immediately primes itself and I now have water at the sink! I fill the water tank with more water … I think about 2/3 to 3/4 full, between 12 and 15 gallons and clean the breakfast and last night’s dinner dishes.
After breaking camp I head east into Louisiana on Interstate 20. The weather was warming, but not by much. The wind had a chill and was blowing strong out of the north. Reaching Shreveport, LA, I turned south on Interstate 49.
Lunch was had in the parking lot of Sammy’s Truck Stop near Bunkie, LA. The weather was now warming and I kept the rear camper door open while eating.
Where to stop tonight? After the good experience in Tyler State Park I really wanted to stay in another state park. After firing up the smartphone and researching I choose to head for Louisiana’s Tickfaw State Park, about halfway between Baton Rouge and Springfield south of I-12. Once off Interstate 12 I was in rural country and narrow rural roads. It was getting dark, and there were no street lights, so I missed a few turns on the way to Tickfaw.
Finally I arrived and was reminded it was the weekend and all of the pull-through RV sites were full. The campground staff member said I could park in a tent site, but would need to unhook the boat. Not wanting to drive further I said this was fine. She invited me to drive through the camping area and pick a site, and then return to the office to register. After driving the campground I noticed that there was a travel trailer ‘camped’ in the parking lot I was told to leave the boat. Arriving back at the office I asked about ‘camping’ in the parking lot so I didn’t need to unhook. ‘That will be fine; but I need to charge you for a basic camp site,” she said. This I did! Yes, I paid to park; but I had access to the bathroom and showers that were just a short walk away. I could also empty my gray water tank at the dumping station. – Dave