Fort Worth Texas

Trip Start Mar 25, 2013
Trip End Apr 21, 2013

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Drive to Fort Worth Texas 2.5hrs 10:30am
Mattel Toy Store 501 Meacham blvd fort worth ph 817 3360 10a till 6pm tues-sat 3hrs 1pm
Cattle Drive at fort worth 4pm
Childress Inn 2804 Ave F Northwest, Childress, TX 79201, United States Phone:+1 940-937-3686
Holiday Inn Express ph 1 800 007 697 3001 Avenue F Nw, Childress, Texas United States 79201
Just a very quick update as it very late, it is snowing, hailing, thunderstorming all at once!
We drove through absolutely terrifying weather tonight for over 3 hours, the most difficult driving i have ever done, the RV was getting pulled and pushed by massive winds and the steering wheel was mostly at 45 degree angle just to compensate, it was quite scary but we are all OK and arrived safely if not a little shaken from the experience. My hands were so tensed trying to hold the steering wheel but there wasn't much we could do, getting stuck in the oncoming storm was not an option. Anyway we arrived at Childress Texas at 9:30pm it is now nearly midnight, we got here just as the rain started hammering, fortunately i guess we only had to put up with 60 mph winds - we listened to a radio broadcast suggesting everyone take cover - not the news you want when driving in a strange place on the open interstate highways with big semi trailers overtaking you and knowing that the RV was swerving all over, i tried my best to keep straight and i think i did really well considering,

I'd like to go and get my asthma spray but the weather doesn't permit so I am just sitting quietly for a little while until it passes, the snow, wind and hail that is.

The rain is pretty much horizontal. There is snow all over the ground, something we really didn't expect to see. We pulled in to a truck stop on the way as we needed petrol, we asked some truckies if it was safe to continue as we were having great difficulty in maintaining a straight line whilst driving as the RV is quite light and has the top which just gets pushed around like a toy, they said it will hail but not at childress, so we decided to continue as we had booked accommodation in a hotel last night, thank god for that decision as sleeping in the RV tonight through a severe thunderstorm would have been frightening.

What an experience. The kids so badly wanted to see snow and here it is but they are fast alseep, I ducked out a short while ago to get some photos so as they could see it in case it melts by morning, i asked the lady at the front counter and she said that it was expected to snow and it certainly was doing that.
Anyway I'll update the rest of today as soon as possible but it's been a huge long day and i need to relieve the stress in my body as it is so tense from the worry of getting my family to safety.
Not that you would hear about this on the news but it was a pretty big night and wanted to give you a quick update. Night Night

Tuesday 9th April - Forth Wrth Texas
We left Gladewater about 10:00am and went to get some fuel - the service station floor was littered with these big bugs like rhino beetles, there would have been thousands - mostly squashed by vehicles driving in and out but the floor outside had a certain color to it, when you looked a little closer you could see many of them moving, it was quite eerie. We got fuel and some snack for the big drive ahead.The roads were not so much straight this time which eliminated much of the boredom we had when driving through Louisiana. After a few hours we were about to pass through Dallas which you could see well before in the distance, behind Dallas though there were the darkest clouds which looked ominous. I would have liked to go into Dallas but it wasn't part of the trip but it just so happens that due to massive road works we got lost ( surprise ) and where did we end up, Dallas city. We stopped to get our bearings and whilst our navigator checked the maps via the GPS Jack and I went for the quickest sightseeing yet, 5 minutes around the closest 2 blocks to see if i could get a sew on patch - we found stores with 40 million cowboy hats and boots but no patches, they just don't seem to do them anymore. So that tour of Dallas was over. But it is quite a beautiful city much the size of Sydney city with perhaps less tall skyscrapers though. Wendy had sussed out the correct way to bypass Dallas and head for Fort Worth witch was really bordering on the outskirts of the city anyway so it was just another 40 minutes or so.
When we arrived you could see the difference straight away - no city here - just ranches and land, but really this was the Texas we had been imagining all along so it was really good. The main street of Forth Worth is where they do a cattle run down the main street twice a day for the benefit of tourists, there were so few tourists though so crowds were not a problem. We got parking nice and easily and got out to see the sites, now this area covered perhaps 3 blocks by 3 blocks so it certainly wasn't huge, there were a nice selections of shops, bars ( saloons i mean ) and other little shops nothing for the locals though this was there little slice of tourism.
The first thing we did was to let Jack have a go on a mechanical bull, yep it sounded scary as i had seen them before and know they are usually extremely hard, but the operator sussed out Jacks age and skill level and made it appropriate for him, he stayed on the hole time and was thrilled, for just 5 bucks it was money well spent. 
We then walked up and down the main street buying souvenirs and got a little food, and had some photos with Wild Bill Hickock and another cowboy and his prized bull before the cattle run which was scheduled for 4:00pm. The cattle run started and there was a herd of about 20 big bulls herded down the main drag with the full cowboy setup, horses etc, it was something none of us had ever experienced and this was a prize part of the day. 
After this we had time for a couple more shops to yet again try to get a patch - so hard to find. We didn't get one but as usual the locals love to ask us where we are from and where we are going, then they proceed to talk for 35 minutes, this time though the lady advised us of some oncoming weather which would be worth avoiding, so we took notice. This was now the time to start the drive to Childress which was about 3 hours away.

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shmiko on


glenrae on

Hope you have a good trip to Fort Worth today darling. Give Wendy, Jack & Lilia our luv and big hugs. Take care, LU xxxxoooo

glenrae on

Darling I know you are offline now so just in case you don't look at the comments on the previous page when you are back on I just wanted to tell you to look when you can 'cause there is now one from Keck - via me 'cause she can't get it on her mobile and she has a deadline at work and hasn't a chance to do anything but work - bit like you at work :-).
luv to you all, xxxxoooo PS Seems like the iphone is even worse than my samsung for comments but she can't even read the blog. xx

shmiko on

Yep, I saw it - Thank Pinna nice to hear from you.
We have had the most amazing drive tonight after being at Fort Worth, it is just a
quick update and there will be a lot more to add in the morning. It's midnight
here now and 3pm there so you should get this shortly. Catch Ya!

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