Thanks, I tend to agree. The scan gauge says water temperature but I think it is reading cylinder head. I'll mess with the gauge some more.
One thing I did notice is that my lower radiator hose stays cool so I thought that the water was not circulating. I have a City car I drive and it is a 2008 Escape with the 2.3 and the lower radiator hose on it stays cool also, so I think I'm fine, but 260 is enough to get you thinking.
Thanks for the help.