Today we began in Tucumcari, NM, and ended in Oklahoma City, OK. We had mostly cloudy skies, a little bit of light rain, some lightening strikes visible in the distance and mild temps. Today’s excitement was crossing into Texas, the fascinating drive through the Texas Panhandle and then crossing into Oklahoma. For a drive of this nature, we’re really not looking for any more excitement than that.
We stopped into a Walmart in Elk City, OK, and from that experience, I can only conclude that Oklahoma is doing a great job of vaccinating their people. Most of the employees were wearing a mask but NONE of the customers were. I can only conclude that they are all vaccinated since unvaccinated people would be wearing a mask. Right?
Day 3 miles driven was about 380. This puts us about halfway to our destination. Downhill from here.
El Paso is in the extreme western edge of Texas and is right on the border with Mexico with Ciudad Juarez on the other side of the Rio Grande. We have not previously stopped here so I took a drive on Scenic Drive which gives a nice view of downtown El Paso and Juarez beyond.
San Jacinto Plaza
Downtown El Paso
El Paso Scenic Drive
Next stop: Wilcox, AZ
My New Year’s Eve and New Year Day were spent at the Fort Stockton RV Park. This was a two night rest stop for me on my continued movement west.
We were here earlier in 2016 on our eastbound trip. The reason our RV is surrounded by empty spaces is that they use this section of the RV park for short term visitors. Since it’s right off I-10, lots of people pull in for one night and then continue on their way. I took this photo in the middle of the day.
Next stop: El Paso, TX
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We stopped off in San Antonio back in February of 2016 when we were eastbound. We again stayed at Greenlake RV Resort during this visit. Just before we left Houston we decided that Valerie needed to get back to California in order to help out her mother. We booked a flight for her from San Antonio for December 29th. I will continue westward in the motorhome but will step up the pace a bit.
No visit to Texas would be complete without a visit to one of the Buc-ee’s locations. These are Texas sized “convenience” stores which have from 80 to 120 fueling stations along with huge restrooms and all of the items any traveler could want: candy, beverages, nuts, popcorn, freshly made sandwiches, jerky, ice, etc. When we were there the store was very crowded with a near constant stream of people entering. Interestingly, they cater only to non-commercial travelers, no 18 wheelers allowed, only cars, pickups and RV’s.
Next stop: Fort Stockton, TX
For the Christmas weekend, we parked in Houston at the Eastlake RV Resort, part of the Quality RV Resorts group. They have 11 locations in Texas. We have stayed at another Quality RV Resort and the parks are very nice with first rate amenities.
One of the nice things they provide are several gas grills located around the property for guest use. What’s more impressive is that the grills are maintained so that they literally look like new inside and out. I don’t know how they do it but I have checked the grill the day after using it and it again looks like it has never been used.
For our modest Christmas meal, we used one of the grills for some of the Gulf shrimp we got at Joe Patti’s in Pensacola, FL. Quite tasty.
Next stop: San Antonio, TX