3/6/14 Thursday at St. Augustine, FL (St. John’s RV Park-PPA ($26/night)
Rain storms predicted for today with scattered thunderstorms. I wanted to stay here another day but John wanted to forge on so we got on the road by 8:30 am. It’s like we managed to keep ahead of the bad systems as we headed North then East. Of course the storms were also headed that direction, just not really fast. Thus we had rain the whole trip, generally not real strong. Heavy rain in Mannville on SR 20. It lasted about 10 minutes and then our road went from 2 lane for the past 10 miles to 4 lane. That sure was good to see. Thankfully the rain stayed moderate for the rest of our trip.
Florida through our rain soaked “new” windows (new gaskets). Lovely country roads with farms and ranches along the way.
Our adventure came as we got close to our destination. We couldn’t see the sign for our RV Park, soon realizing that we’d passed it for sure. John, in making a U turn with our 40 foot (city bus size) rig was forced to run 1 set of rear wheels (they are duals in the rear) over a curb. I was trying to leave a message with the RV park at the time, having called for specific directions, when I said a bad word as our wheel hit the curb. Sheesh did we rock and roll and we still didn’t know quite where we needed to turn or even right or left. Just then John found a sign in the midst of a number of small signs (like for a strip mall) RV Park. We turned immediately. Another sign: RV Park. We followed its arrow. Yes, this had to be St. John’s RV Park.
Of course no one was at the office and John couldn’t find our packet of info as to what site we had. So I came over to help and found a map scotch taped to the office door. Off to our site. Hmm. Great view of the lake but it was short and has trees. We backed in, left everything tucked in and got our lunch. During that time we found that a large bottle of liquid laundry detergent had fallen onto our tile floor, cracking open. Other than many items tossed inside cabinets that seems to be the worst that happened from our trip over the curb. Talk about a torquing test of the frame and our new gaskets!
Now that we were feeling better we decided to drive around the park looking for a better spot. None were found so we shifted the rig to the right at the same place where we were parked. We wanted to have some space available to get the water hose out of its compartment as well as space for the D/S awning to not run into a tree. This meant we had one set of rear tires on the concrete pad and just one of the rear duals on the other side still on concrete. Now we truly settled in, letting out the slides and setting a mat at our muddy front door. I called DISH for our local channels and then to ask about our recent bills which were very confusing. After about 2 hours I finally understood what they meant. Plus I learned that every time we give them a new local address (where the RV is parked) we are charged the tax appropriate for that State, not our permanent residence State of Washington. No wonder many months our bill amount would change. Apparently Florida has the highest rate of them all. Nice.
Meanwhile I got our wash going. In the end I managed 3 loads. There are 4 loads to go (they take about 3 hours each), then towels and 2 loads to do the sheets.
We plan to see St. Augustine tomorrow so we’ll see how many wash loads I get done.