WE ARE GETTING INTO THE LAND OF PRICKERS AND STICKERS IN LITTLE DOGGY PAWS
I noticed when I stepped out with Pheebs about 5 this morning the air was not as icy cold as it had been the previous four mornings. Our weather site said we were at 39F and that above freezing temperature was just fine with me considering what it has been. However, it didn’t last long:((
IT WAS A MISTY RAIN DRIZZLE WE DROVE IN TODAY
MOUNTAINS?? NOPE, JUST A COUPLE TEXAS HILLS
Before we left Weatherford Kelly slipped into Walmart first thing and picked up a few groceries. It was 7:45 when we wheeled ourselves out of the parking lot and up onto I-20 West a short distance away. Had us a heavy overcast but roads were good and traffic was moderate. Wasn’t long though before the clouds were on the deck and we had us a foggy drizzle going on and that lasted for a couple hours. No matter, we were both very glad we had put Dallas behind us Monday. Had we thought to update our old GPS with all the new I-30 traffic route changes in the last bunch of years it would not have been as confusingly stressful for us.
HEY IS THAT SNOW!! NOPE, IT’S A COTTON FIELD
We were both feeling the need for a Cracker Barrel breakfast so we sauntered ourselves on down to Abilene and had us some eggs and fixins. Will probably be awhile before we hit another Cracker Barrell now that we are this far west. We are right on the edge of being where we really want to be and that will pretty much be the end of overnight Walmarts, Cracker Barrels, Interstates, etc. We are only a couple days away from the tranquil deserts and mountains we truly love. Our beloved winter home for going on the past dozen years:))
YES WE DO LOVE OUR CRACKER BARRELS ALRIGHT
Heading west out of Abilene the dull drizzle continued and it wasn’t long until my driver’s side windshield wiper wasn’t clearing the rain off the windshield. I was convinced we needed a new wiper blade. After a bit we pulled into a rest area and Kelly got and gave the wiper a snap. We were both surprised to see a few small chunks of ice fall off. The weather was wet, cold, and windy and a thin layer of ice had formed on the front of the Motorhome. Only thing i could figure is we must have gained some altitude east of Colorado City. Kelly checked her computer for the area and it said it was 30 Fahrenheit where we were. Throw a wind chill factor on top of that and you know it was cold. At a gas stop in Oil Springs later I could see my breath.
PICKED US UP A THIN COATING OF ICE on the rig
We didn’t especially want to Walmart ourselves for a third night in a row but we figured it was the most convenient thing for us to do before we slip through the mountains north of El Paso. We’ve done El Paso 3 or 4 times going both ways years ago and it’s something we have any intentions of doing again. Years ago we used to head west out of Roswell NM and slip over the Apache Pass and down the other side into Tularosa and Alamogordo. That’s a nice way to go by the way. We’re going to try a different route further south this time and as usual once we come down out of the Franklin Mountains our travels will slow down and our Southwest journey will truly begin.
GOT OURSELVES TANGLED UP IN A MANIC JAM PACKED WALMART PARKING LOT IN MIDLAND TEXAS AND HAD TO DO US SOME FANCY SHUFFLING TO GET THE BIG EEE AND LIBBY AROUND ALL THE CARS THERE….I THINK WE SCARED THE PAINT RIGHT OFF A FEW OF THEM
MOVED OURSELVES ON DOWN I-20 TO ODESSA TEXAS AND FOUND US A SPOT AT SAM'S CLUB FOR THE NIGHT
It’s always such a grind traveling between South-Western Ontario Canada and the great South-Western States of America and it’s never a favorite thing of ours but it has to be done to reach our destination. In our early travel years we used to get off the Interstates and travel secondary roads. We’ve been lost in the Ozarks north of Fort Smith and have temporarily misplaced ourselves on secondary roads way too often. And we’ve had a few encounters with low overpasses on back roads as well. I too once pooh-poohed the Interstates years ago but I don’t anymore. They provide the quickest and cheapest way for us to travel between our home in Bayfield Ontario and the Southwestern United States. And especially this time of year when weather is so unpredicable, cold, and treacherous. Any northern traveler with a lick of sense is gonna get themselves as far south as fast as they can in the winter months. No back roads, no dawdling or leisurely sightseeing, just get as far south into the warmer air as possible. Thank heavens we have the Interstates that we do. Can you imagine the total gridlock traffic crises we would have nowadays if we didn’t have the Interstates. Good for Dwight D Eisenhower in foreseeing the future travel needs of the North American people. He must have been an RV’er at heart.
PRETTY DARN NICE SEEING THAT LATE AFTERNOON SUNSHINE BEAMING THROUGH OUR WINDSHILED
For a fellow who rarely gets a cold I have myself a doozer at the moment. My head cold started a couple days ago and I must have picked it up from Kelly. At least it’s not in my chest making me cough all the time but it sure has altered my voice making me sound like Lou Rawls.
<<< PATCHES OF BLUE SKY OVERHEAD BUT IT’S STILL COLD HERE IN ODESSA TEXAS
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Two men have been sitting out on a lake all day long, ice fishing. One has been having no luck at all and the other has been pulling fish after fish out of his hole in the ice. The man having no luck finally leans over and asks the other what his secrect is.
mmmmm mmm mm mmm mmmm mmm mmm.
Im sorry, what did you say?
mmmmm mmm mm mmm mmmm mmm mmm.
Im sorry, I still didnt understand you. The successful man spits something into his hand.
Youve got to keep your worms warm.
I asked my wife why there were so many dings on the driver's side of her Mercedes and she said the brakes must be bad on that side.
A little farther and you will be able to slow your travels down.ReplyDelete
Be Safe and Enjoy!
It's about time.
Glad your trip continues to go well. Just more snow and cold here at home!ReplyDelete
Your almost here. Where are you headed once in AZ? Pull in somewhere cozy and rest up to fight that cold. Dixie hates them stickers too.ReplyDelete
When you missed the 635 bypass you were within 5 minutes of my house. Taking 635 south until it turns into 20 west iis okay until you get to between Dallas & Ft. Wroth then construction is just about as bad as downtown Dallas.ReplyDelete
Thanks for blazing our trail again Al and Kelly, and we appreciate the route comments from your commenters too. You're in the home stretch now.ReplyDelete
We finally got to warm temps in Albuquerque! How are you handling the doggie schedule though? Our Kelly had us up at 3:27 this morning thinking it was 5:27!ReplyDelete
Pheebs actually adapts to the time changes better than we do so luckily she never has a problem with it.Delete
Clemson is fine through the night but for his mealtimes he truly has us hoodwinked. In Ontario he eats at 5, down here he starts pestering at 2:30 for his 3 pm meal.Delete
Nice that you are making good time, That Walmart in Midland is where we were stranded a few years ago, for 3 day , freezing, rain Black ice and snow,.once you get past El paso you will be home free, safe travels.ReplyDelete
You're making fantastic progress on your journey. You both must be tired and looking forward to having a number of days to just sit and relax in the warmth and sunshine. Driving can be so stressful and with a cold it's even more so. Kudo's to you and Kelly. Continued safe travels.ReplyDelete
We had that kind of icy cold in Louisiana last year at this time - fortunately we didn't have colds! Avoiding the mountains around Ruidoso is probably a good idea this time of year. Safe journey.ReplyDelete
Hopefully your last day below freezing weather. Tomorrow is the day. Drive carefully.ReplyDelete
I think that I have picked up Kelly's head cold also :) Dang!ReplyDelete
Glad your almost in the southwest. When I walk the dogs, they stop walking when they get one in their paws. I have to stop and take them out. The ones that don't get in their paws they take out them selves but don't offer to take them out of my feet when I step on them in the RV.ReplyDelete
Texas is just so darn Big to get through.ReplyDelete
Continue to be safe in your travels. As F.G. says, it is terrible back home. you left in good time.ReplyDelete
Not long before you're in the sunny southwest!