Having discovered a NC State park that was both conveniently close to Cathy’s sister’s house and miraculously had an 11 day stretch available, we took advantage of the time to visit with Cathy’s family. Falls Lake State Recreation Area has 2 campgrounds that would accommodate our RV. However, one, Rolling Hills, was closed for some renovations to the electrical service. It was actually because of the delayed reopening of this campground, that Holly Point had some openings that we could take advantage of. The park had been holding campsites for misplaced campers, but when their demands were satisfied the holds were released. And one of them fell right into our lap.
Sure enough, we were visited early the next morning by someone from maintenance, who checked out the power post. He could find no problems with the pedestal, and said the likely culprit was the overall drain on the grid, with us being at the end of the line. Since we arrived mid-week and the forecasted highs were moderating, we were likely to be OK until the weekend, when the campground would fill. He suggested we get the RV cool during the day and then turn off our power between 5 and 7pm.
Since we were gone several nights during that time, we enabled our control panel to WiFi so we could turn the AC on and off remotely. It worked great and we stayed cool for the rest of the week.
Falls Lake is in Wake Forest, NC, just north of Raleigh, and less than 10 minutes from Cathy’s sister, Grace. So our time there allowed us enjoy many evenings together and one delightful Saturday at our niece’s house with the extended family – and 5 calves that had come for a visit. The kids had fun feeding the calves which ranged in age from 6 to 10 months old. And, with varying success, they took turns leading one around on a halter. Andrew’s stint was brought to a sudden halt when a loud noise cause the calf to step on his foot. And Cathy even gave it a try. At one point, the calf went down on its front knees. Cathy was afraid she had broken its legs only to learn that this was the cow’s way of saying, “I’m done with this.” I guess passive-aggressive behavior isn’t limited to humans.
All-in-all, we had a great stay and enjoyed the time together.
The bike cover had been designed and constructed 6 years ago for 2 different bikes and a different bike rack. While the cover’s material and construction were still holding up well, it was leaving the lower half of our bike tires uncovered, including the derailleur and chain, especially on Dave’s bike. Cathy had been putting off dealing with it, but while we were at Falls Lake, she had the time to try to fix the problem.
A few days later when she was digging a little deeper into her sewing supplies, she stumbled across a large piece of the grey material that would have made it easy to make the 10” skirt extension. Woudln’t you know?
And with the bikes now being consistently covered, Dave took some time to tune the bike chains and free up the frozen links. With some bike chain lubricant and some patience, he was able to get the links working again. So, we were able to take some bike rides around our next park – North Bend on the Army COE Kerr Lake Reservoir.
Our trip from Falls Lake in NC to North Bend was a short 60 miles on another scorching hot day, so we were glad the site was available early so that the RV wouldn’t be without AC for too long. While the site was long and level, and we had room to maneuver into it, the site angle required us to go down around an end loop and line up on our way out. We were grateful that the loop was empty or we doubted we would have made it around OK. Other than that, the only down side was the proximity to a dumpster that had a pretty overwhelming smell when the wind blew from the wrong direction.
Not sure when this campsite will free up. Is that the same as the twelfth of never?