spending our final Hanover night in the van in Stan's driveway, we
filled up on
propane and gas ($2.19) and hit the road.
Snow hit us on I-88 east of Erie.
After a 500-mile day, we stopped in a heavy blizzard at the Seneca
Allegany Casino in Salamanca, NY, where we dry-camped in their huge
let up as we continued to Huntertown, IN, Stan's home. It was
shirtsleeves weather in northern
Indiana, and we had good time with Stan's family and friends.
it to the arch and beyond St. Louis.
Sunny warm day.
drive through Missouri, into hilly Ozark country with trees still
color. Camped at the COE park in
Ozark, AR, on the Arkansas River.
night in Oklahoma in Checotah, home of the American Idol, Carrie
crossed into Texas at huge Lake Texoma, the Red River captured.
Our research led us to Walnut Creek
Resort, right on the lake. A
pretty place with good birdwatching.
Best of all, it was free!
we were finally in Texas. The
driving is never boring in this
varied terrain. Cotton fields,
mostly already harvested, stretched for hours. Cotton gave way to cows,
cows to oil. Quitaque
(Kit-uh-kway) is home to Caprock Canyons State Park. The dramatic
country was beautiful (like Palo Duro "lite")
and the day warm and comfortable.
problem, no room for us--- no, wait a minute, there's an overflow spot,
small lake. We saw bison and heard
coyotes. Once again we were in the
land of goatheads.
wind really came up in the night.
In Lubbock we visited a windmill museum and a glider museum. How
town is Buffalo Springs Lake, a natural oasis with a campground.
It was difficult to get positioned for
satellite signal (many trees, bumpy sites). However, the biggest
problem here was FLIES.
a solid hour of fly massacre with both bug-zappers and the shop-vac, we
had mostly won the battle.
final day in Texas was pretty rough going. The wind was
outrageous and although we'd seen tumbleweeds
before, today's were exceptional.
The huge baled cotton blocks had their plastic covers blown off and
cotton was flying through the air.
was an odd combination of beautiful white fields of cotton, blue sky
brown sky below, filled with red dirt and debris, a spooky light.
we crossed into New Mexico, things settled down. We were over
6000 ft and had wonderful views as we descended
into the Alamogordo area.
Tularosa for points south and west. Hidden Valley Ranch in Deming was a
rest stop for a couple of days.
to Arizona and the beautiful hilltop Cochise Terrace with a great
close to the hot tub.
Tucson we got jiffy-lubed and filled prescriptions. Couldn't
resist another visit to PIMA air museum.
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one night at Picacho we elected to stay Sunday for the Giants-Dallas
game. That was a big mistake. On the way
through Florence, AZ, saw this neat county courthouse, complete with
grapefruit, and Christmas decorations.
snuck up on our friends Cal and Connie at Santa Fe RV in Apache
they're spending 5 weeks. They
weren't too surprised to see us.
It's a very good spot close to the surrounding mountains, good laundry
facilities, great pool and hot tub, and a clubhouse with coffee and
gatherings and talent shows.
our second night, we were treated to the Organ Stop Pizza
(http://www.organstoppizza.com/), where "the mighty
Wurlitzer" dominates the scene.
to the C&C and their beautiful big rig
we will certainly see them in Quartzsite late in January.
the greater Phoenix traffic we made several Radio Shack stops and found
elusive phone-to-computer cable we had been wanting.
out of Phoenix on US60 was a bad, bad idea. The wide open desert
spaces and mountains were most welcome.
spent the night at Desert Gem in Salome, pronounced as it looks.
stop at the Ehrenberg Flying J, just past Quartzsite, for gas, and
California! We gawked our way
through Joshua Tree and wound up in 29 Palms, where we are spending a
only been 3 weeks and we feel quite acclimated to the road. We're
both very glad to be in