Movin’ On Up
I’ve been at Chain-O-Lakes State Park for the maximum two weeks, so a move was required. Rock Cut is quite different, the major items being electricity and higher prices. Many of the sites are fab, while others are badly improvised on slopes that defy leveling spacers. I chose blind by the online map, since I’ve never been there. I assumed that all sites would be roughly the same in usability. When I rolled in a few days ago, I found out that my site was one of the most disastrous in the park. The slope is such that rain will require 4WD and a little tire churning. Going past the bottom of it offers decent leveling, but is in a water collection area. Backing in offers a superb view of the outhouse. It’s also in nearly intimate contact with another site.
I took a look at it and headed back to the check-in booth to ask whether they had the capability/authority to override my online ReserveAmerica reservation. To my surprise, they said yup, they did. So the good news is that I’ve been in the site shown above for a few days, enjoying the cool shade. The bad news is that, starting tomorrow, the entire 500+ site park is booked for the July 4th weekend. Little sleep for me, I’ll wager! My new, better digs are booked by someone else then, so I’ll be back down in the pit mooning passersby from Friday to Tuesday morning.
I had planned to take off for Indianapolis then, but I’m locked in a medical version of Suspense Theater until Friday morning July 7th, then I stay one more night before departing. That’s if test results roll in to my doctor on time and he disagrees with a knife-happy cardiologist who is eager to convince me that the sky is falling. My internal medicine doctor has been around the track a few times, and is generally less inclined to try to mess with what isn’t great, but isn’t broken. Time has proven him right in the past on other issues, he shys away from just doling out prescriptions when there will be side effects, and his income stream is unrelated to my test results. So, I’ll get the real story from him.
For the Tuesday to Friday stint, I had blindly reserved a third site, and once again, it’s a comparative stinker. I just fixed that to move back to the site I’m now in. Whew! This ain’t like boondocking. But this park is relatively shady, mostly open-air, has few biting bugs, and you don’t need eye protection to bike around. I like it better, though it is much further away from friends and family. Just don’t roll in past 10 PM, or you’ll find yourself locked out!
I have a couple of days of west and wewaxation ahead of me, and the Evelo e-bike may get some more miles on it, since there are plenty of roads and trails to explore. One thing – the “spare” battery I ordered with the bike was defective when I originally received it, and its replacement recently failed as well, just out of warranty. Since Evelo’s 48V spares now tilt the meter at $700 a pop(!), I’ll be on the original battery only, until it too fails. Once that goes, I’ll be researching a less expensive replacement that hopefully will fit inside the OE hard case and not be too hard to wire up. I may have found one, but more info will be needed. As that little saga continues, I’ll write it up. Naturally, $700 for a two-year battery is not economically workable – I’d expected 3-5 years. Since the OE Samsung battery is beginning to go soft, it will be interesting (to me) to see how this plays out!