It looks like I'm probably going to be leaving tomorrow morning and starting my slow crawl North to Colorado and beyond.
It looks like it might be a little breezy tomorrow but so far the forecast doesn't seem like it will affect pulling the Arctic Fox. In fact if the forecast is correct it appears it might be a tailwind, and I do love a good tailwind.
I did laundry this morning. I could've waited a while longer but the laundromat is very convenient to the San Pedro boondocking area so I figured I might as well do it before I leave.
I went into town to Walmart and picked up a few things. I didn't need to because if things go according to plan my first boondocking stop for the night will be at a Walmart in Fort Stockton Texas which is roughly 170 miles away.
I think I will miss the San Pedro boondocking area because it's got so many good things going for it. I wish there were more places like San Pedro scattered around the country that RVers could use that had a safe place to park out in the country with almost no amenities, San Pedro has a picnic table under a shelter and trash pickup every few days, a very reasonable price. San Pedro's four dollars a night or two dollars with the Geezer pass, and not too far from a town.
Now you might ask what's the benefit to the locals to have a place like that outside of town? And the obvious answer is, MONEY. I've spent about a month and a half here and I have spent hundreds of dollars in Del Rio and I travel on the cheap. I've spent money at Walmart, for gas and groceries. I've gone to several different restaurants numerous times. I've gone to museums, I've filled up with propane several times, and lots of other smaller expenses that I can't even remember. If you multiply that by the dozens and dozens of people that I've seen come and go through the campground it probably adds up to a fair amount of money being spent at local businesses.
Now I know most towns would never consider doing that because the local $35 a night RV parks would throw a hissy fit and march to the city Council meeting with pitchforks. But I think if the little towns looked at it more carefully they might find that those $35 a night RV parks might be making money for themselves but people like me drive on through those towns and find places that are more affordable, and the little town loses the money that I would've spent on gas and groceries