Friday, December 18, 2015

Waltzing Across West Texas

Today, I am relating another episode of our 2005 travel year.

We left the Sunny Acres RV Park in Las Cruces, NM on Thursday, November 17, 2005 and moved into the Parkview RV Park in Fort Stockton, Texas -- finally back in Texas. It was only about 30 miles from Las Cruces to the Texas border and we made it into El Paso early in the day. There is normally mucho traffic in El Paso, so we were glad to get through the city during low-traffic hours. Total trip for the day was just under 300 miles east on I-10. We were only staying in Fort Stockton for one night, so we did not even unhook our car from our motorhome, so we would be ready to travel with morning coffee. Rates were only $11 per day so I had mixed emotions about not staying longer. Kathi was anxious to see her mother and I was anxious to please Kathi, so one night was enough.

We actually did wake up early Friday and headed out as soon as we got dressed and made coffee. We did not have a coffee maker at the time and were drinking instant coffee heated in the microwave. Brewing two cups at the same time saved us almost two minutes of prep time. We were ready to roll. Our next stop was at the Miller Creek RV Park in Johnson City. The trip for the day was about 290 miles. We drove east on I-10 until we passed Segovia, then we left I-10 behind as it drifted further south and we drove due east on US 290 toward Johnson City. The weather was great, the scenery was great in the rolling hill country and Kathi and I were also great. We had a blast with the roller coaster effect on the country roads as we neared Johnson City. There was a lot of open laughter inside our Alfa motorhome that Friday afternoon.

Kathi did not want to eat in again that evening, so we drove into Blanco and had dinner at the Rocking R Steak House. It turned out to be an excellent choice as our steaks were tender and delicious.

Again, we got up early on Saturday morning and we drove east on US 290 to Austin, then south and east on Texas 71 to Columbus. We left Columbus on I-10 for the drive into Houston. We got on the Sam Houston Parkway (Beltway 8) when we reached it. The Parkway is a toll road, but well worth the price on that day. This was our third day in a row travelling all day long and I had to remind Kathi I was retired. Less traffic and faster movement on the chosen route was greatly appreciated. We left the beltway when we reached I-45, then drove to the Green Caye RV Park in Dickinson.

I was glad that we were going to be stationary for a while and Kathi was glad to be near her family again. Just being in the vicinity was a good feeling for her. Green Caye felt like home on arrival. Of course when we move in the motorhome, we are always at home. I always recommend travelling with your own bed and own bathroom. We were already spoiled.

Below are Houston area skyline pictures from our archives.

There are many areas around Houston that look like they could be our downtown.

Picture taken from I-10 entering Houston from the west.

A skyline scene taken across Rice Stadium from a medical building in the Medical Center.

Another scene looking south from the Medical Center.

Another view from the Medical Center looking south.

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