Location: San Angelo State Park (el. 2,000 ft); San Angelo, Texas
(all pictures taken with Nokia Lumia 929 cell phone)
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I stayed put today and watched the weather most of the day. The cold front came through this area sometime early this morning and helped push the heavy rain off to the east. The front did this with gusts of wind in the 20 to 30 mph range. That is fine with me because Liberty has handled that much wind force and more in the past. It's about 6:00 pm now and both the wind and rain has stopped. The radar shows heavy rain still in the eastern half of Texas, but I think that it may be moving on into the Gulf of Mexico by noon tomorrow (fingers crossed).
My plan is to hitch up early tomorrow morning and be on the road by about 8:00 am. I'll be heading towards Galveston, but not sure how far I'll go towards getting there. A lot will depend on the weather, which I'll be able to track on my cell phone as I'm driving. I have a couple places that I can stop along the way if the weather doesn't continue to move on as fast as I hope. Except for the first 100 miles, I will be on Interstate highways. I need to stay off of the secondary roads due to the increased potential for flooding. If the weather cooperates, I hope to stop tomorrow at Stephen F. Austin State Park near Sealy, Texas. I stayed there about a year ago and it is a nice park. I called them today to see if they were flooded or thought they may flood and was informed that they were good. I didn't make reservations because I'm not 100% sure I'll make it there before having to stop. It will be a long haul of about 370 miles but since I've been sitting for a few days, it will be a nice change to have wheels rolling again and seeing new things.
It should be an interesting trip as I chase the cold front to the east and keep an eye out for the remnants of Hurricane Patricia coming up from the south. I'll also be aware of any flooding.
Update on the bump in the night:
I asked the park rangers if they had received any reports like mine and they said No. I also asked my neighbor campers about anything similar happening and they said No. Most looked at me kind of "cockeyed" as if I had been drinking or something. I decided not to ask anyone else such questions. However, I did check for any tracks, hair, blood around Liberty and also to see if she had any dents. I did not see anything out of the ordinary. I'm beginning to think I may have imagined the whole thing. I guess it would be better to think I imagined it than to think something big enough to shake Liberty, but not leave any sign, is wandering around out there at night. Oh well, what is, is, and what ain't, ain't.
Ya'll take care of each other. I'll Cya down the road.