Friday, April 8, 2016

Jeep Shopping

This post is about our 2006 travel year.

Kathi woke me up about 5:00 am in Meridian, MS on Friday, May 26, 2006 and told me she was ready to see her mother. I had planned a stop between Mississippi and Texas, but when Kathi wants to move, we move. Fortunately, we found bright sunshine and sparse traffic on I-59 and I-10. I told Kathi I would drive until I got tired and we could stop somewhere along I-10 for the night and jog into Dickinson Saturday morning. We got an early start, but stopped along the way for diesel and to get our motorhome washed. It was pretty grimy and Kathi was planning on having guests drop by while we were in town. She made us tuna fish sandwiches for lunch while we waited our turn at the truck wash. I added a Dr. Pepper and chips and it filled me up and refreshed me. I was wide awake and feeling good, so we kept driving.

Motorhome still looks good when it is washed. This picture was taken in 2016 and the Jeep out front is the one we are shopping for in this blog post.

Another picture of a clean motorhome, taken at Lake Georgetown. Our Jeep still feels new to us.

We got to Green Caye RV Park in Dickinson, TX about 4:30 in the afternoon. We got set up in our site at Green Caye and settled in for the evening. I was tired. When I checked our mileage, we had driven 528 miles that day. No wonder I was tired. Kathi called and let everyone know we were in town. Surprise, surprise, it was hot and humid in Texas. We went to bed early and it rained during the night but I barely remember hearing it. Kathi hoped the rain would cool things down a little.

Saturday was overcast and sure enough it was cooler. We had lunch at Red Lobster with Kathi’s mother, Ginny and step-father, Jim. Red Lobster was one of Ginny’s favorite places to eat out. Kathi’s step-brother Jon worked there for several years before he got the operator job at Exxon. Red Lobster is nice, because their menu and food prep is the same all over the country. Hey, it was my birthday – happy 63rd.

Clubhouse for the golf course at Green Caye

Ducks at Green Caye. Picture from 2012. The ducks are still around, but we are parked away from the pond and do not see them as often this year.

This duck insisted on a close-up.

Arlon in front of Alfa at Green Caye RV Park

We drove around the next few days looking at Jeeps at several Jeep dealers in Houston and the surrounding area. The one we decided to do business with was Ron Carter in Alvin, TX. We told them our specifications and they found one in Louisiana they could get shipped into their dealership. They called when it arrived and I went out to look at it and the transmission selector switch was not what I was expecting. I went back in and told them my concern and sure enough, that model was not towable. Kathi did some dickering and discussion and they agreed to keep looking.

Thursday, June 1st we went to see our family doctor, Deepak Pattanaik in Pasadena to have our semi-annual blood tests done to assure our medications were still effective. Kathi also got a steroid shot to see if it would improve her breathing problems. It seemed to help for a few days.

Not much going on for the next few days. We were waiting for a call from Ron Carter that our new Jeep had arrived. We were staying inside most of the day out of the Texas heat. Talk about spoiled – we were and we are. Who cares – being retired is fun.


  1. Love your Travelog. I hope my Kathi got the problems resolved. We have had such great times together; yet time has drifted us apart; however, my extreme admiration for you both has not waned. Will see you soon, my friends.

  2. Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment. We miss seeing you too, Pete.

  3. Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment. We miss seeing you too, Pete.