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2019 - 20 Trip to the Southwest
Saturday, March 12, Monahans Sandhills State Park, Monahans, TX , Day 2, 0 Miles, 5,369 Miles for the Trip
I may have discovered a low temperature limit of my Escape 21C. While I have survived low 20's after a 60°F day, yesterday's high was only 41°F and last night it hit 32°F by midnight, and 20°F at 7:00AM. Tried to flush the toilet at 7:00 & the pump kept running. The toilet flushed because the accumulator still had enough pressure, but nothing coming out of the fresh water tank. I shut off the pump & went back to bed. Around 10:00 the outside thermometer showed 34°F with the sun shining on the back of the trailer and the water system started to work normally.
The empty sites next to me filled up around 6:00PM, but everyone was gone by 10:30AM. Lots of kids getting a last minute slide in 25°F temperatures before they left. There are still 3 other RVs in the loop besides me, two that arrived this morning. The park is not a bad stop over when traveling on I20. Far enough off the interstate to limit road noise (although I heard a distant train & horn this morning) and inexpensive for a Texas state park. If you have a crowd, the $4.00 per person daily fee can add up, but for a couple it isn't bad. You do have to cross the railroad tracks to get into the park - it might be a long wait for one of those mile long trains that frequent the line.
With all the excitement of no water, and 20°F temperature, I didn't do my usual pre breakfast walk; I waited until lunch time. I did some reading - currently I'm on the third book of T. R. Ragan's Jesse Cole series - Deranged. Each one of the series is a little better than the previous one.
It warmed up to 60°F by late afternoon, with lots of folks sliding on the sandhills. While most of the RV sites are empty, the picnic parking area is completely filled with cars. Quite windy - as disks go down the hill sometimes a plume of flying sand streams out behind.
Dinner was a Saffron Road Chicken Biryani bowl.
Until Tomorrow -
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