Part way through writing this, I thought about deleting it and writing about something else unrelated to my current travels. Then I thought no, it’s important for people to realize that not all travel days will be fun or exciting as a full-time RVer, and this post definitely shows that. There are few photos because it was too rainy to get pictures of the scenery and I’ve taken pictures of LHC before. The next one should be more interesting.
Saturday, December 26 (continued)
Not surprisingly, not everything goes according to plan. When I woke up this morning my freezer was starting to defrost so I cranked the thermostat colder to see if it helps, it doesn’t. I depart from Lake Tawakoni at 2 pm and am parked at a Walmart in Quinlan to get ice and evacuate the increasingly warm fridge when the wind picks up and thunder shakes the Casita. My phone beeps an alarm, it’s the first tornado warning.
I abandon the fridge mid-project and hustle inside Walmart where everyone is being shepherded to the back of the store. The lightning is close and it rains hard for a while, but passes over without producing a tornado. I finish emptying the fridge, dry it out with a towel, and turn it off. Back on the road.
Impressive thunderstorms make sleeping difficult. Around 7:30 comes the second tornado warning, this is for the large tornado that strikes east Dallas and causes some deaths. It misses where I am in Greenville.
Around 1 am I wake up and it’s still storming….and my leg is damp. My Fantastic Fan is leaking. I pull my small side dinette into bed configuration and pull the bedding off the large bed and relocate to the tiny bed and put a pot under the leak.
Sunday, December 27
As if to spite me, there’s not a single drop of water in the pot when I get up in the morning. I put the big bed back together.
It rains continuously all day and the temperature struggles to 50. Streams and rivers already high quickly overflow their banks and flood warnings go out. When I drive from Greenville to Sulphur Springs my wipers are going full blast the whole way. Upon stopping I’m mortified to find water all over the floor of Cas. I eye the windows: the one that was leaking in the Thanksgiving storms is damp, but not dripping and the rest are dry. I eye the fantastic fan: damp, but not dripping. I eye the roof rivets: dry. Well, I’m getting some water in above the entryway door from a rivet holding my awning in place, but it’s not enough to cause the mess I’m seeing.
After sopping up the water I eye the floor warily, trying to pinpoint how it’s getting in. If it was getting kicked up under the trailer and finding a way through it wouldn’t be on top of the laminate. The area under my cooler is wet again.
My cooler is leaking, that’s where the water is coming from. Well, at least that’s easy to solve!
The cooler gets thrown into the bathroom, where it can leak all it wants and simply drain into the gray tank. I’m parked outside of Sulphur Spring’s cinema, and it’s intentional. I’ve been wanting to see the new Star Wars movie and today is the perfect day for it.
By the time I leave the theater, I’m in a much better mood. I spend the night at the Walmart in Sulphur Springs and pick up a new cooler. It’s suppose to get cold, so I dig my sleeping bag out of Bertha and put that under the covers in Cas.
Around 1 am I wake up and am too warm. Well, better too warm than too cold. It’s still raining, but no longer storming. A truck has pulled in sometime after I went to bed and is idling noisily nearby. Eventually I get back to sleep.
Monday, December 28
I know for a fact that some of the roads between here and Little House Customs are closed due to flooding. Luckily I guess correctly and make it there without incident.
As always, Larry and Debbie are wonderful. Larry gets the Casita fixed up, but he says I should go to the factory to get the fridge work done. He’d have to order parts and wait for them to come in and if something was wrong with those parts it’d take even longer, plus he can’t compete in price since the folks at the factory do the work all the time and are quick at it while it would take him a lot more labor hours and thus cost more. I appreciate his honesty.
The problem is the factory is closed for two weeks for the holidays and won’t reopen until the 4th. So I’m stuck in TX for another week or more depending on how long I have to wait for an opening at the factory. It bums me out a little because it means I’ll miss the start of the first “rally” I was planning to attend out at Quartzsite, but it is what it is. The rest of the work (black tank valve replacement, wheel bearing replacement, A/C cover fix, and leak fixes) go quickly.
The “crew” goes out for dinner at East Fork, the same restaurant we visited this time two years ago when I stopped by LHC, and it’s the same group of people. Larry, Debbie, a couple from nearby Plano (who read this blog!) and a friend who also has a Casita and lives only a mile away.
I spend the night parked in the shop at LHC and let the heat dry everything out.
Tuesday, December 29
That Casita friend who lives near Larry and Debbie graciously offered her driveway for me to park Cas at until the factory opens (people are awesome!). This’ll save me camping fees for a week or from having to change Walmart or truck stop parking lots every night and even better, she has a 30 amp hookup. So I’ll be impromptu moochdocking for the next week. Better days are on the way!
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