Just a few miles down the road...

Trip Start Sep 27, 2010
Trip End Mar 23, 2011

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

So with the cooling temperatures and impending winter we upped sticks and finally made a run for it southwards. We have decided to head for the San Antonio area; we've been there before and like it. As it’s about 500 miles we decided to break our journey overnight in that well known chain of stopovers – Wal Mart, having checked out which stores allow overnight camping. Many are taking this privilege away because some campers have taken advantage; we have seen them with slides out, jacks down (which damages the tarmac) even with BBQ’s on the car park. It’s no wonder the goodwill is being withdrawn. The idea is that it is just for overnight parking and nothing more. Anyway I digress…

We don’t normally blog about journeys as such, but this one does have a few noteworthy points. We left on a Saturday and inevitably caught the shopping traffic – oh yes and some road works – nothing new there. Once out of town and that end of town came quite abruptly as it often does, we pushed south, on fairly quiet roads.

Some of the signs made us smile as we passed through yet more cotton country and then saw the first of many nodding donkeys. As we neared Sweetwater where we planned to break our journey, the landscape began to change and the sun went down, but not before we noticed rows of wind turbines along the way. Darkness fell before we reached our overnight destination and on the last stretch we spotted mysterious flashing red lights across the sky in front of us. Could it be Xmas lights we wondered, but they seemed to be just lines of them, not looking like a display. On off, on off… I did take a video with y'all in mind, but it doesn't really do the spookiness justice!

Spooky, there didn’t seem to be any pattern…it wasn’t until we got closer that we realised they were something to do with the wind turbines, warning lights maybe, but they were too low. Then it dawned, the flashing was caused by the blades turning!

Mystery solved.

Next morning in the daylight we found that we were kind of on Turbine Ridge, all along the surrounding ridges they stood. So what you say? Well once we got going again we found that the wind that drives them drove us too…we had a very blustery start as we were at 2400’ in its path.
We have since discovered that Sweetwater is the 3rd largest wind farm in TX.
As usual Malc did a brilliant job, it was a tiring journey but he held on. When we got near San Antonio it got busier, it was the end of Thanksgiving week end and people were returning home, many had been hunting…

But it is a busy city anyway, once we reached the city proper we joined the traffic queues but at least the slowdown gave us time to read the signs. We found the campsite easily and settled in; we had two days here and a further two at another site. In the meantime we visited other campgrounds and chose one for a longer stay over Xmas, so welcome to Lazy L&L along the banks of the Guadeloupe River in the Hill Country to the NW of San Antonio - our latest adopted home as 'Winter Texans’.
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