Whats that? we give way to the ?
Trip Start May 14, 2013
23Trip End Jul 21, 2013
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June 24th to July 3rd 2013
Northern Hemisphere, goes Roadtripping - first Vehicle............... OUR 23ft RV!
"Everything is bigger in Texas"
Well as you may have worked out, we set out from Chicago on route for Dallas, Texas. Our flight in was smooth, until getting out of the Dallas Int airport. It took us over an hour to exit the airport and then a shuttle to go a 30min drive to pick up our new home for the next ten days. Lets just say, everything and by everything I mean everything is bigger in Texas! The airport, the roads oh and don't get me started on the vehicles
After some paperwork and more waiting around we departed the workshop from where we had hired our RV. (a tiny 23ft long 4 berth E23, Freedom Elite. our beautiful Beast!!!!!)
So the initial take off, well the gears are by the steering column (on first noticing this, I was thinking to myself, My God, I hope I remember learning to drive Dads old panalvan, that had manual gears on the steering column) But fortunately Unlike Dads manual gears, these are automatic, so a lot simpler! Next taking the handbrake off. Well you pull a release button, but I learned be prepared for another pedal to come flying out from under the dash when you do this! so watch where you put your feet!!, Ok so brake off, in gear, mirrors checked. 1,2,3 ready to go.................... still stationary.............. ok try again, 1,2,3....go......still stationary, Sh*t Jen, which side do I pull out onto??????????
After some detailed conversations and spying on other cars, I accelerated out into the car park! All good so far, I think??, the lack of cars in the car park made it very difficult to know if I was driving on the right side of the road! But I will say, I bravely entered the road and proceeded to the HWY entry
So we punched the Arlington RV park into our GPS and continued on the FWY to our first home. This of course was an overwhelming trip, as it was the first time I had driven as opposed to ridden on the Right (wrong for us Aussies) side of the road since South America, and well that was four years ago. So my nerves were a little rattled and my knuckles tight on the steering wheel, after all this wasn't a motorbike, it was a heavy heavy big beast, on many many many big hwys, roads and amongst many many many big big trucks (utes)......... But I will say the Northern Texans are so polite, friendly and kind, they are very good at giving way
We arrived at our first home and after some slight inaccuracies in entering the park on the correct side of the road and giving way etc.......... (I assure you, just little teething problems..... no one was hurt!) we parked up and set out to learn how to connect up all our amenities and plumbing lines etc........ (not so pretty but very convenient!). With the blinds closed over we cooked our dinner and caught up on some shut eye. We woke the next morning ready to adventure out into Fort Worth, Dallas to see what the Texans are all about!
Ye All Come back now ye hear!
next Fort Worth............