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Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - Pin Oak Campground, Natchez Trace SP, TN, Day 2 - 0 Miles, 10,394.1 Miles for the Trip

While it didn't get down to the predicted 31°F last night, it did hit 46°F, not bad for March! It slowly warmed up to 67° by late afternoon. I drove into Lexington and a Walmart & Food Giant for some shopping, and stopped at the local Ace Hardware for 4 5" pieces of 4"X4". While they had 8' 4"X4"s, they couldn't cut it, and sent me to The Building Center, a large lumber yard. A young man (at my age, most of them are) didn't have any short cuts, but grabbed an 8 footer, hauled it to the compound miter saw and made me 4 blocks. While I offered to pay for the 8' footer, he wouldn't take any money for it or the cuts.

Now, why I needed the blocks is a bit embarrassing. I added the originals because with the high lift axle option I have on the trailer, it takes a pile of Lego blocks to let the stabilizers reach the ground. I added blocks to the sand pads to save cranking, and still have plenty of clearance.

Anyhow, I pulled out of Fort Griffin Campground a week ago with the stabilizer jacks down. My excuse was I didn't crank them down when I set up, and only lowered them when the campground manager came around telling us that a major storm with 60MPH winds was on the way. So, in the morning, I forgot, and drove away with them down. I tore the old blocks off the sand pads as I drove out of the park (what was that strange scraping noise?) . I'm surprised that I was able to lower the tongue onto the hitch, but level was close enough that it worked. I managed to get far enough away before I realized the problem that it wasn't worth going back for them. The front stabilizers were a bit bent out of vertical, and the rear even more, but no where near as bad as they would have been if I didn't have the added blocks.

I finally got around to bending the stabilizers back to where they belong, and will add the new blocks later this week.

That was about it for the day. I spend most of the afternoon outside reading. My current book is The Women, by T. C. Boyle. It is an interesting novelization of Frank Lloyd Wright's life with his three wives.

I do have a shower report. C+. The good - heat in the bathrooms, with additional heat over the showers, three hooks, and a large high pressure showerhead with plenty of hot water. The bad - no bench except in the hall outside the showers, a small drying area that gets wet, and while there is a shelf in the drying area, none in the shower.

Dinner was a Bubba Burger, asparagus & Cape Cod potato chips.

Until Tomorrow -


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