Our east bound odyssey!

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2014

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River Bend RV Park

Flag of United States  , Texas
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Finally!  Yes, finally some new roads to travel, new areas to explore and discover. But, first we've got to get across Interstate 10 in Texas.  We've been this way before, the last time was in 2010 and there really isn't anyway to get around the fact that it's a LONG way across Texas! 

Our journey so far has found us heading out at day break from Usery Mountain, making a stop for fuel at the Frys grocery store - always fun to take the 'house' into gas stations that are set up for vehicles - and heading out east on highway 60 to highway 70.  Highway 70 is also known as the Old West Highway and it travels through a portion of the Apache reservation.  It was a very scenic drive but we were heading into the wind the whole 200+ miles and my driver wasn't happy with his fuel mileage!  

Our first night out, Super Bowl Sunday by the way, was spent in the parking lot of the WalMart in Las Cruces, NM. Day two found us up early again and off to El Paso, Texas.  We made a stop at On the Border Freightliner to have the radiator fluid drained, flushed and re-filled.  They don't take appointments and we had been told to just show up, it wouldn't be a problem.  Well, the day after the Super Bowl is not the best day to 'just show up' as half the crew had called in sick with some type of 'stomach' bug.  

At first we were told we would have to wait a day to get the work done, not really something we wanted to do.  Ken used his best 'powers of persuasion' and we managed to get in and out of the shop in just under 4 hours, not bad!  A quick stop at the Flying 'J' for fuel and we were off and running again. 

One of the projects that we had done in Quartzsite was a re-wiring of the coach headlights.  We managed to use them tonight and as Ken said 'it was biblical', we could actually see!  Prior to the re-wiring we couldn't even tell if the lights were on at night!!  We pulled off at a picnic area just east of Fort Stockton, Texas and settled in for the night. 

On the road early again this morning with our travels taking us around San Antonio and on to Luling, Texas.  We are actually in a full hookup campground for the evening.  River Bend RV is located just off the Interstate and is in Passport America.  So for just $15 we have all the comforts without having to run the generator.  They also have a very nice, inexpensive ( $1 a load ) laundry room so I managed to get all my laundry done for just $6, for those of you who depend on laundry rooms you will understand what a deal this is!! 

Luling is also home to two different BBQ restaurants.  One of them, City Market, is consistently ranked as one of the best in Texas.  So, of course, we had to try it out.  The brisket was just as good as we had been led to believe and is reason enough to return to RIver Bend RV for the night on our next trip across I10.  The gal in the office at the RV park told us she actually prefers the competiton, Luling  BBQ, so maybe we will have to stay for a couple of days! 

One last tid-bit about Luling.  This is oil country and the town has over 200 oil pumpjacks within the city limits. About 15 of them have been decorated by a local artist and the Chamber of Commerce actually has a driving tour you can follow to view them. We managed to find a few of them and will save the rest for our next visit, along with the city museum. 
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