On The Road

On The Road
Dutch Star and Subaru ready to go

Monday, September 30, 2013

Another 300 mile day driving through West Texas. Sure a lot of oil wells and associated equipment businesses. They even have RV parks dedicated to oil field workers. .. Lots of hiring signs so I guess the economy isn't doing too bad. At least in Texas.

Our refrigerator that has been giving us problems.. (not getting cold enough) has for some unknown reason started working the way it should. .. no complaints here.

Stopped at a roadside rest area again for the night just west of Abilene. Some of the rest areas in Texas are very nice and with two dogs that bark like crazy if anyone comes around the motorhome or if they see anyone in the parking lot getting in or out of their vehicle, we're not concerned about our safety.

The motorhome is running good and as we're still about 425 miles from home, should be home Wednesday.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

There was a good turnout for Diane's high school graduation reunion and everyone had a good time reminiscing with old friends although there was a lot of looking at each other's name tag that had their graduation pictures.

The final reunion activity was a breakfast this morning at the golf club in Alamogordo. After leaving there we stopped at a Walmart to buy a few things for our trip back to Livingston.

We were finally able to hit the road about 11:00 am but leaving the Mountain Time Zone and entering the Central Time Zone we lost another hour shortly after leaving New Mexico and entering Texas. We were able to get through the El Paso area with little problem and on to Interstate 10-20 before stopping for the night at a rest area just east of Van Horn, Texas. Total mileage for the short day was 214.

We plan on staying on highway 20 to Dallas then south from there to Livingston and be home sometime late Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Well we made it Alamogordo today just before lunch. There's lots of road construction going on in El Paso causing me to miss the turn from highway 10 to highway 54. Fortunately I was able to get to highway 54 further on but had to drive into El Paso in morning traffic.
It took us about 3 and a half days and the total distance traveled from home to the RV park was exactly 900 miles.
We got set up at Edgington RV park in Alamogordo where the owner, a real nice guy, told us that he was the first of the Escapees parks to offer Escapees members a 50% discount.
The afternoon was spent finding and driving to several places in town that Diane will need to go to where she'll meet up with people organizing her class reunion.
Stopped in at the local Walmart for supplies and then decided to have Mexican dinner at a restaurant near Walmart.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Not much to report on today as there's not much out here in East Texas. Good thing there's plenty of gas stations because its a long way between towns.
The pups are having a hard time here as there's a ground cover plant that has lots of real sharp thorns that come off the plant like burrs if you touch them. The prongs are about 1/4 inch and surround the burr and will stick into just about anything. I have to take my shoes off before getting back in the motorhome as the soles are full of them.  Needless to say, the pups hate walking through this stuff when they have to go potty.
Tried to wash the bugs off the windshield this morning while getting fuel. The squeegees they have available to do your windshield aren't in the best of shape but I was able to get most of the big pieces of dead bugs off. I'll get the ladder and scrub brush out and do a good job when we get to Alamogordo.
We stopped for the night at a rest area about 50 miles from El Paso and about 120 miles from Alamogordo so we should get there about noon tomorrow.  We looked in the Escapees Travel Guide and found that an RV park in Alamogordo gives 50% discount for Escapee members. That was a good find as we'll be there for four days.

Monday, September 23, 2013

About the only thing comparable to driving across Texas is driving across Ontario... both never seem to end.
Can't complain about the road however. Highway 10 is a great road to drive without a sign of potholes. 
Texas does however have its share of bugs. We still have our share of "love-bugs" from the Livingston area and the bugs you see in the Texas hill country are about the size of small birds and make a large yellow splat on the windshield when they hit.
For those who are not sure what love-bugs are, they are black 1/2 to 1/4 inch in size and mate then stick together. They are often in swarms and are attracted to the color white. They stick on anything they spatter against and buggers to get off your car if left for any length of time.
Other than the bugs, everything is going great. Another 300 plus miles today and we should be in Alamogordo on Wednesday.
Diane took a couple of pictures during our frequent "puppy potty breaks"

Sunday, September 22, 2013

First day of autumn and we're back on the road again. This time a trip to Alamogordo, New Mexico for Diane's High School reunion at the end of the month.
We left home about 10:00am, a little later than usual but we have plenty of time to get to Alamogordo.
The dash air conditioner now works great after getting the Freon recharged although the refrigerator is not working as well as it should. Something to get checked when we get home.
Traffic was pretty light going through Houston but it is Sunday afternoon and we had nice sunny weather the whole day. After Houston we continued on highway 10 and we're spending the night in a nice rest area east of San Antonio.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

We arrived home about 4:00pm yesterday hot and tired after a 2,350 mile trip from Sacramento. Returning on the more northern route added about 200 miles compared to the southern route we took on the way west.

There's a few things that have to be checked out on the motorhome. Most serious is the refrigerator not running as cold as it should and the dash air on the motorhome is not as cold as it should be. I'll talk with the local RV repair shop on Tuesday. Hopefully no major problems with either.

The motorhome needs a good cleaning after its long trip. There's bugs from every state splattered on the front. Its been close to 5,000 miles since the last oil change and I'd like to get that done before we head out again.