Monday, January 18, 2016



Because of the issues we had with the slideout and ice it took us longer than we expected to get packed and out of Tinker AFB. Once we hit Dallas with all the construction turning the highways to two lanes, arriving before night fall did not look good. After getting pass Dallas the sun started to set and we still had two hours drive ahead of us. We decided to spend the night at a rest stop. In the morning it was COLD. We sat up front with the heater on high with the stove on make hot water for our morning coffee and tea (just in case you did not know, I HATE coffee).

A tornado hit North Texas a few day earlier and this is what we saw when we woke up. Or it could have been a big rig that hit the light pole and it has never been fixed yet.

Before heading to Austin, TX we were invited to meet friends we made at Amazon this season in their home in Marshall, TX. We spent three days with Paul & Penny bringing in the new year. We had a good time while eating out and visited Marshall's annual Wonderland of Lights. We took a horse and buggy ride around town. Hiromi and Penny made owl ornaments from alpaca hair. Had a great home cook dinner. We did not want to out stay our welcome so after a good breakfast we where back on the road and headed to Austin, TX. Thank you Paul and Penny for your hospitality and looking forward to seeing you on the road or the next time we are in your area.

We made it to Waco and visited my favorite soft drink museum... Dr Pepper!

I have never seen any gas station like Buc-ee's before. I'm guessing they are a local Texas company as I have only seen them in Dallas, San Antonio and Huston areas. They are a travels dream stop. There is over 100 pumps with the lowest gas price anywhere. Parking spaces for over 1,000 cars. The store is the size of a Wal Mart with clean bathrooms and showers. When you see a sign board for Buc-ees's gas station, even if you don't need gas make the stop and check one out for yourself.

We drove straight to Austin in the dark of the night in a downpour rain until we arrived at the Wal Mart in Austin just ten minutes from the Capitol Building to spend the night. The Capitol Building has a free parking garage for two hours, but meter street parking. Our RV and tow car took up three parking spots, but luckily for us street parking is free on Sundays. The Capitol Building website stated that they open at noon on Sundays, but that must have been for the visitors building. We were walking around the Capitol Building waiting for noon, but saw other people walking in so we followed and got in.

We still had plenty of daylight left and arrived at LBJ National Park to see the exhibit and his childhood home. Unfortunately, time was not on our side to drive down the road to see the LBJ Ranch without a rush tour. Next time!

NAS Corpus Christi, TX.

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