PERCY E QUIN STATE PARK (MS)

Percy E. Quin State Park is our next Mississippi destination. We have reservations for one of their premium waterfront sites with full hookups (water/electric/sewer) at a slightly higher than usual price for us, $28.00 per night. We'll stay for four nights through the weekend and then move on once again.

I consider our previous site at Davis Bayou the best bargain of our entire trip. For just $11.00 a night we had water and electric, great bathrooms and awesome showers, and a free dump station. Add in a grocery and hardware store just outside of the park's entrance gate and we were all set, but after eight nights it was time to move on.



THURSDAY

TRAVEL DAY
YEAR #2 - STOP #13

We started out traveling west early this morning, well 9:30AM anyway, and crossed over the Biloxi Bay Bridge into downtown Biloxi where most of the casinos are located, and of course another Margaritaville Resort. There were still thousands of broken Mardi Gras beads in the gutter of the roadway, from the Tuesday parade I assume, all the way through town. After attending Fantasy Fest in Key West for fifteen years I must say that all the trash and broken beads would disappear overnight. By 8:00AM every morning the gutters and garbage cans were as clean as could be and you would never have guessed that 60,000 people had partied on the streets until 2:00AM the night before.

With the overnight temperatures still in the 30Fs and 40Fs I'm glad we are still traveling mostly west and haven't started our trek to the Northeast just yet.



FRIDAY

GROCERY SHOPPING
AND A CAMPFIRE

15 MILES ROUND TRIP

Tricia put in a couple of hours work this morning and then we were off to take care of business. First up was lunch at my go to fast food restaurant of choice, Taco Bell. Tricia was thrilled to be there, NOT! Next door to the Taco Bell is a self car wash that we were in desperate need of. While our last campsite was a real bargain it did have one major drawback, lots of birds and trees overhead of ROVER and THE POD. It seemed that each bird dropping contained a small seed of some kind, once it dried it was like glue. With a lot of scrubbing and some high pressure water action we were able to get ROVER back into a presentable condition. When we leave this campsite it will be THE POD's turn for a bath.

Just around the corner from the car wash was a Kroger Supermarket. Last summer we had visited a few Kroger stores and remember them as having good prices and fresh produce. Here the prices were still good, but in a word, the produce sucked! Maybe we were shopping the day before their fresh produce arrives, but I was hard pressed to find a single green pepper to use in the chili I'm planning on making tomorrow. The green onions and cilantro wasn't much better. Guess we'll just have to make due with what we they offered.

This brings us to our campfire. If you have visited our bucket list pages you'll know that one thing we try to achieve in every state we visit is to enjoy at least one nighttime campfire. Well our Mississippi campfire was one of the best so far, not because the fire was so awesome (but it was), not because the temperatures were perfect (they were, low 60's), but because it seems that Mississippi if full of amateur musicians. Not one, not two, but three campsites within earshot had guitars and harmonica music with small groups of people singing along to tunes from The Eagles, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan. They were still at it when our campfire died down around 9:00PM, that's what made it so memorable!

Several successful Rock-n-Roll, Pop and Country music stars were born in the state of Mississippi, can you name just one?
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SATURDAY

WORK DAY FROM THE POD
35 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

Today is a work day for Tricia and my task is to locate a self car wash where I'm able to get THE POD in and out safely. There are six car washes within a reasonable distance of here, less than 10 miles, for me to check out. The furthest one is where we washed ROVER on Thursday. It would be really tight trying to get the trailer in and out of that one.

After checking them all out it seems the best one is the one we used already and that one is barely acceptable. Guess THE POD will have to wait for it's bath until the next location. You may be wondering why we don't wash the trailer at our campsite? Most all campgrounds have a rule about washing trailers on site, first off they don't want you using all their water and they don't want all the harsh soapy mess on the ground for the next camper to deal with, I understand their position on these rules.

One other thing I did today was to fill up ROVER with gasoline for the move on Monday.



SUNDAY

WORK DAY FROM THE POD
0 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

Yet another work day for Tricia and my task today is to check the tire pressure on all eight tires we have. I'm trying to work this task into my routine on the day before we move. I'd rather find out now that I need to get out the air pump and inflate a tire, rather than to find out at the last minute when we are ready to roll out of our campsite.

It's a fairly simple task when our TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) is working properly. Get out the small monitor and turn it on, wait 5-10 minutes for all of the tire's Bluetooth sensors to start reporting, and adjust whatever is out of tolerance. Lately the system works well when we are not moving, but once we are on the road the tires seem to have a problem staying connected. I'm considering buying an amplifier for the Bluetooth signal to help fix that issue, I guess another call into tech support is in order.



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