This morning I was up early. It was hard to get out of bed because I had been awakened several times during the night by my NOAA weather radio. They were giving flash flood warnings and tornado watches. Parts of the Hill Country got over four inches of rain. Austin got about half that. Evidently the storms were widespread across Texas.
Val and I had an early lunch at Austin Java. I had their cream of artichoke soup and a humus sandwich. I especially enjoyed the soup.
Then the camera tech at Precision Camera called to tell me that my copy stand was lacking the brackets to attach the lamps, so they could not sell it. Since I had never used it, I was unaware that there were missing pieces. The camera shop didn't have any brackets so I took the copy stand back. A couple of hours later, when I was far down the road, the camera tech called me again to say that one of my camera lenses needed repairs, which would cost more than they could sell the lens for. The lens still works but the tech said that it eventually would start making fuzzy images. I told him that I'd pick it up the next time I'm in Austin. Arrrgghhh! What else will go wrong with this consignment deal? I'm not sure what to do with them. Maybe I can find some brackets for the copy stand. Or maybe I'll just donate it and the lens to a school where the students could learn how to repair them.
On the road today I saw a lot of standing water in the fields and ditches and at least three streams, including the Little Brazos and Navasota Rivers, were out of their banks. Along the way I was amused by a couple of billboards that read, "Keep East Texas Purddy". It is an anti-litter campaign slogan.
I had hoped to drive as far as Tyler today but, with all the delays, I made it only as far as Palestine. I fed Daisy and we both nearly croaked from sticker shock at the $2.819 per gallon. Most of the stations I saw along the way were selling it for more than that. If fuel prices keep increasing, I may have to severely limit my travels this year.
My home for the next two days will be Highway 155 RV Park, north of Palestine. It is hilly, with lots of trees and a pond. I saw several ducks and geese during my walk around the grounds after getting settled into my site. It's a very peaceful place.