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Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
94Trip End May 04, 2013
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This morning, Sunday, we got and earlier than usual start, since the ol' weather guy/gal forecast high winds. I was a bit nervouser than usual, for some reason, since I'm a guy of faith and let the "Big Guy" take care of such things.
We dumped the tanks and headed into a few hours of "Texas Breeze" Time. The wind comes from the west here in the northern hemisphere, as you well know. It must have been coming downhill today, since it was unusually strong. I noticed that there were zero RVs on the highway, Interstate 10, and that set me to checking in on my spiritual side more seriously. I guess that I figured that they'd all been blown away or sumpin'
We had traveled at least fifty miles before Lynn spied one. It looked to be intact, so I relaxed. The next fifty plus miles continued to be in heavy wind, but it's amazing what a body can get used to. It actually got to the point that I got back to my usual left hand steering technique. We've traveled over twenty five thousand miles in ol' Shorty, so I'm pretty used to most of his antics.
We've been having some problems with our towbar, so I stopped just east of El Paso and checked it out. It either sticks on the passenger's side or the catch on the driver's side released at random. I didn't have much luck with the treatment I applied. I figure that I'm a prime candidate for suing myself for malpractice.
We found the campground in spite of the CoPilot navigation App. It's not easy to get into the sites, however. After paying the fee, you have to attend a video explaining this sacred place and what you can and cannot do here. In order to do any hiking, you have to go with a guide. Unfortunately, the tours are not offered on Monday or Tuesday, our only full days here. There is one area open to see the ancient paintings and petroglyphs, but you have to have a permit. Only seventy permits are available, so we're on a waiting list for tomorrow. We shall see what happens. We do have to get into town and do our laundry due to the failed attempt on our way to Balmorhea SP. Had we known of the difficulty in getting on a tour, we would have made reservations for today ahead of time... Jeeesh! Has that ever happened to you??
The wind is still gusting, but it's about eighty degrees and very arid. I'm noticing a problem or two with my nasty skin and the rest of what's affected by dry air. There's a bit of dust in the air from all of the wind, but it's tolerable. We're tolerant. That helps...