2012 TCT Fall Rally at Koreshan State Historic Site, Estero Florida
Nov. 04, 2012
Estero – White Springs, FL
Up early this morning, the time change had me and everyone else moving around quite early. By 6:30am most people were already out and about getting all packed up and ready to hit the road. At least it gave all of us that remembered to set our clocks back, a lot of time to talk and spend some time before heading out. At 8:00am most everyone was up and out for our breakfast and coffee which gave us all a chance to say our good byes and find out where the next place we would meet up. Right after breakfast trailers started to pull out heading for home, I did most of my packing last night so I very little to get done before I headed out. I had planned to take it easy and only drive half way back home today and the rest of the way tomorrow. But as usual my plans are never so simple!
After getting about 2 hours up the road I pulled over at a rest area for a break and a little early lunch in my trailer.
Rest Area Stop
After finishing up my lunch and giving a few tours of my trailer for some reason I decided to check my engine/transmission fluids, I guess I was just nervous since all the trouble I had on the way down. The engine oil seemed fine, but when I checked the Transmission fluid it was very low!!!!! (If you have been following my blog I just had it replaced on this same trip the other day!) So I checked under the truck only to see transmission fluid all under the truck and signs that it was dripping from the transmission pan. Not as bad as it sounds, but still an issue. I always carry extra oil and transmission fluid with me on long trips just in case, so I filled up the transmission fluid and decided to drive a little farther than I planned and get closer to Live Oak FL where I had the Transmission worked on since it was still under warranty I would have them look at it. It appears that a few of the bolts might be a little loose, but I would rather them look at it and do the work as I do not want to void the warranty by messing with it myself. The place I had the work on was very nice and told me to call them if there were any problems, but being Sunday I just decided to drive on that way and be there Monday Morning.
Anyway I now needed to decide where exactly I was going to spend the night, so I continued north on I-75 for a while, stopping every so often to check my fluids in the truck and everything seemed to be fine so the transmission pan must have a small leak, but there are signs that it is leaking. I only had about 150 miles to go before getting to I-10 so I decided I would drive on to Stephen Fosters Folk Culture Center State Park (http://www.floridastateparks.org/stephenfoster/) it is one of my Favorite State Parks and I highly suggest stopping there for at least two nights to see everything the park has to offer! It is also at a great location being only 4 miles from the intersection of I-10 and I-75.
When I got to the Live Oak exit on I-75 I stopped for gas at a Campground (yes they sold gas) and decided if their rate was good I could stay there since it was on the Exit that took me straight to the Mechanic that worked on my Truck a few days ago. I asked about their rate and it sounded like a good deal, so I decided to stay, but as I was filling out the registration they wanted to ad $10 per person that was with me! That was going to be $20 more so I said I would just go the 15 miles father to Stephen Fosters that was only $22 a night (For up to 8 people!)…I didn’t stick around to see how much more it was going to be after they saw the dog I had with me!
After leaving the gas station I only had 7 more miles to travel north on I-75 before taking the exit for Stephen Fosters. The park is only 3 miles off the interstate in the little town of White Springs Florida, it is a neat little area that is very secluded but has a small downtown area. The park itself is very beautiful and the campground is perfect! I arrived at the park at 4:45pm and just in time to get one of the walk-up sites. I was able to get my favorite site in the park, number 15! It is a pull through that faces the main entrance to the camp area with a nice big grassed front ‘yard’ and this site really is about a ½ acre in size due to how the road curves around it, and the huge oak trees make the site even better!
This shows just how big some of the sites are in the park! Road in front is just the small road in the campground.
All I did was pull through, hook up electric, and take some of the weight off the back of my truck, so all I have to do in the morning is get up, unplug and hit the road. After pulling end I had a light dinner that I picked up at the subway in the Gas Station then enjoyed a walk around the park. By the time I got back to the trailer there were people looking around my trailer, so as usual I ended up giving more tours of my trailer here at the park. By now I am ready to call it a very early night. This time change is really messing me up, not to mention my body and mind are still on central time so I feel like I am off by two hours! Hope everything goes smooth tomorrow, only have about 3 ½ hours of travel ahead of me so I hope the mechanic can get us back on the road with little delay!
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