Saturday, January 22, 2011

Blowin’ Across West Texas

Whew! We made it out of Texas…

On Thursday morning, in spite of high wind warnings, we left San Antonio at 10 a.m.  Ellie 119

Of course, all day, Jim and Rod both fought high crosswinds and/or headwinds as we made our way to the stop for the night at Ozona, TX:

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I had a pork tenderloin cooking in the crockpot during the day, so we had a nice dinner that night.  It was our coldest night though, with the temperature dipping under 20 during the night.

Friday morning, again around 10 a.m., we started off on day 2, heading for Van Horn, TX.  My navigating job was easy, get on I-10 and go 213 miles to exit 140A:

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I spent some time watching clouds while Jim and Rod again dealt with high winds, mostly headwinds this time.  Our fuel mileage wasn’t great – we averaged about 7 mpg.

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Our original plan was to stay at Chuy’s parking lot in Van Horn, but with below freezing temperatures predicted for the area, we all decided to spend the extra bucks and stay at the Van Horn KOA. We did eat at Chuy’s, though, it was pretty good.

This morning, Jim and Rod took advantage of the opportunity to have an “eat-out” breakfast at the campground café.  Deb made smoothies for us girls, yum!

We were on the road before 10 this morning, and very soon crossed into Mountain Time Zone, so it felt really early!

Rod took the lead today.  We stopped just outside of El Paso for fuel and then made it through the city traffic:

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Nice job, Rod!

Finally, another state:

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We were all settled in at the Escapees Dreamcatcher RV Park in Deming, New Mexico before 1:00.  The winds were much friendlier today and our fuel mileage went back up to around 8 mpg.

We’ll be here for 2 nights and then on to Arizona on Monday!


Randy and Pam Warner said...

Beautiful pictures. Glad you are getting better gas mileage and the winds are dying down. And temperatures probably warmer the farther west you go?

Speedy said...

It takes soooo long to get out of Texas! You travel for 3 days and you are still in the same state! You guys be careful and have a lot of fun. Be sure to tell the gang I said HI

Mark and Dortha said...

Glad the wind didn't get the best of you...enjoy New Mexico. We look forward to hearing about your upcoming desert adventures...

Hugs to you both.

Phyllis said...

We stayed at Dream Catcher for a few days a little over two weeks ago. Wondering if you will be staying at the Escapees park in Benson, AZ. We go there on Friday.

Might catch up with you yet!


Debbie Goode said...

The wind has been just nuts here in the west. So, I'm afraid you won't be leaving it behind in Texas. It seems for every "windless" day we have at least two days of high wind. Stay safe and Happy travels.

Sue and Doug said...

nice to have some company on your long drive out of Texas! travels as you head to Arizona!!!