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Thursday, October 31, 2019 - Montgomery Bell State Park, White Bluff, TN, Day 2 - 0 Miles, 1110.4 Miles for the Trip
Well, no frost overnight, but it kept getting colder starting at midnight. Now, at 12:30PM, it is 38°F and still dropping.
When I checked my email this morning I found a $5.00 refund from Montgomery Bell - seems they overcharged my card. That brings the price down to $21.42 per night.
After breakfast I headed to a coin laundromat in Dickson to do the first load of laundry for the trip. I made an interesting discovery. As I tossed a Tide pod into the washer, I noticed that it wasn't a Tide pod, but instead a TST Drop In Max black tank treatment. The bags look the same, but luckily, the individual pods look & feel different. I wonder what would have been the result of doing a washer load with the tank treatment. Maybe it would be a good idea to keep the two bags in different storage compartments (or look more carefully when throwing the bag into the laundry basket). I ended up buying a one load box of Tide from a machine at $1.25. Much cheaper to bring your own!
After putting the laundry away & making the bed, I did some reading. Most of the rain has stopped, although a light drizzle starts & stops.
While goofing off for the afternoon, I did an internet check. Verizon shows 2 bars of 4G LTE service, 46.9Mbps down & 1.6Mbps up. AT&T shows -97dBm, 38Mbps down & 31.8Mbps up. The park uses Tengonet WiFi which shows .8Mbps down & .3Mbps up. While I was able to check the speed, I couldn't connect to use my usual speed test, because, as usual, Tengonet has forgotten my password, however the Tengonet log on shows speed (or the lack of it).
Since the bathroom is well heated, I decided to try for a shower. The good? - heated bathroom, lots of hot water & a great high volume showerhead, and 2 hooks in the drying area. The bad? - the shower & drying room are combined with a shower curtain on the opening to the bathroom, not between the shower & drying area. A very small drying area with lots of water on the floor, no bench or shelves for your stuff, either in the shower or drying area. Another campground shower that was designed by someone who never used one.
I took a short walk around the campground to dump my trash & recyclables. Everything from large class A's to tents. There is a small one man tent that arrived in a compact car across from me that has three pit bulls tied to the picnic table. It is going to be a tight fit if he takes the dogs in at night!
There is a small stream along many of the sites, as well as a section with full hookups (that is near full). I did check out one of the other bathrooms while on my walk to the dumpsters, and it was much nicer, including fold down seats/benches in dryer rooms separated from the shower by a shower curtain. Interesting that the bathroom was in the full hook up area, the least likely to be used by campers...
Since it is expected to be well below freezing by morning, and the site is level, I hooked up the trailer & will disconnect the water after dinner. I'll save the electric connection until the morning since I'll be using the electric heater.
Dinner was chicken & rice soup & a salad.
Until Tomorrow -
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