Thursday, December 29, 2016

Crossing the Red River

Kathi and I spent about a month on Lake Georgetown and spent Christmas with our oldest son, AJ. The day after Christmas, we spent cleaning and storing so we would be ready to travel the next morning. I guess we were both ready to move, because we both woke up early on Tuesday, December 27, 2016.

Before I could leave Cedar Breaks Park, I had to reposition and tighten the passenger side mirror. That mirror hit a tree while I was parking. That sounds better than I ran into a tree, but the result is the same. I had to work on the mirror.

I had planned on getting a new four wire connector for my Jeep and cable to our motorhome that control Jeep lights while we are traveling. I could not find a connector, so I wanted to attempt to repair the connector I had, before getting on the road. I must have been successful, because the turn indicators on the Jeep were working again.

We finally got our slides in, our air bags on, utilities disconnected and left Cedar Breaks at 9:15 am. We were on the way to Thackerville, Oklahoma and the Winstar World Casino which was about 250 miles. My estimate was six hours travel time.

There was a lot of wind, a lot of construction and lots of big trucks traveling north on I-35 from Jarrel to Bellmead. The wind was blowing hard enough to move the swing arm on my passenger side mirror. I could not see behind me on my right side, so I stayed in the right lane until I found a place to stop and re-position the mirror. Obviously, I did a poor job the first time, earlier in the morning. We did not want to pull off the road to repair the mirror, so we were on the lookout for a roadside park.

We finally found the Hill Country Roadside Park about five miles south of Hillsboro and just before I-35 splits into I-35E and I-35W. I got my ¾” socket out of my tool box and fixed the mirror properly. It would take a hurricane to move the swing arm on the mirror now.

The roadside park had a Geico sign that said Geico was providing internet service for the park. Evidently TXDOT and Geico have partnered up to make roadside parks more driver friendly. Good news for people that want to use the internet while stopping by.

We took I-35W through Fort Worth and ran into a lot more construction on the highway all the way through town. Traffic was heavy, but we made good time getting through town.

We finally crossed the Red River and into Oklahoma. We arrived at the Winstar RV Park about 1:15 and got checked in. Kathi found her Hot Shots machines right where she left them.

Yahoo. Happy days were here again. Kathi was happy and I was happy. Good times.

One side of the Winstar Casino. It is in an L shape and is about 1 mile from one end to the other.

One of six entrances into the casino. This one goes into Vienna.

The Winstar water tower

The Winstar fire department

The Winstar Golf Club house


  1. I'm glad you made it. It's about time you got to the casino. Really nice photos. I downloaded them. Have a blast. Love you guys