Lunch today was
at Chilis. Good food. Looked for a new shower faucet at Home Depot
and Lowe's with no luck. Spent the remainder of the day at the camper.
We dried out the shower area and have changed the way we take showers.
This should reduce the leakage until we can replace the valve. Did
some research on Galveston and planned the route for tomorrow's
exploration. Rita is not feeling too well dizziness.
Trip to Galveston
today. It was a longer drive that I thought and we got started a
little later that I had hoped. I had the complete wrong idea about
the size of Galveston. It is much larger than I thought. After a
couple of wrong turns we found our way down to the dock area. Our
first problem was finding a place to park. After going round and
round we eventually parked on the street about two blocks out and
walked back. Our goal was to see a couple of movies on the history
of Galveston so we made our way to the presentation area near the
docks. We saw two good movies that were worth the visit. From there
we walked to a street called The Strand. Galveston has its own Mardi
Gras that is held on this street and we wanted to see what the area
was like. It was not at all like Bourbon St. Talking to the merchants
about Mardi Gras, we discovered that their version is very tame
by comparison. People don't show up until seven or eight and are
going home by 11PM. They close the whole thing down every night
at mid-night. Bourbon St only closes at midnight on the last night
Fat Tuesday and then that is only the street drinking that stops
- you can still drink in the bars while they clean the trash out
of the gutters. In Galveston everything stops at 12AM nightly. On
the way back we made note of the location of a restaurant that we
want to come back to some other day La Brisa in Baycliff.
The goal today
is to find our way to a Monaco RV dealer on the northwest side of
Houston. After a good lunch at the El Rio near the campground
we headed out map in hand. The traffic through town was intense.
Texas roadways are not similar in construction to those we find
in Wisconsin. U-turn lanes, added lanes, exit only lanes and extra
roads are all over the place. We had gotten familiar with them over
the previous week and a half so it was not as bad as it could have
been. After finding the part we needed in the RV parts area we took
a few minutes to tour two 2005 versions of the motor home we own.
I wanted to see what had changed and maybe get some ideas for improving
our unit. Lots of changes for it having been only three years since
ours was built. Now I have to win a lottery so that I can buy a
new one! From there we headed even further north to find a Harley
Davidson shop up in Woodlands. Once we found the shop we had to
go about three miles past it to get to u-turn lane and then work
our way back. It was a very large shop with lots of bikes on the
floor. Rita found a shirt she wanted so the trip was not a waste.
By the time we started back it had become rush hour in Houston.
What a rush! We made it back to the camper safely and settled in
to watch American Idol and have a few well earned beers.
The NASA Space
Center was our goal for today. We headed back towards Galveston
and went about 5 miles past the turn for NASA to get to the restaurant
we had seen the other day. Very good food. The trip to NASA was
without incident. Traffic near the place was a little heavy but
we managed to get parked. We weren't sure if this was a place for
kids or if it was going to be interesting for adults. After taking
the various tours and viewing the many exhibits I would say it was
a great place to take a family. The kids would find plenty to do
and adults will find a few things to do. Oh well. The trip back
to the campground went quicker that I thought it would. I think
we are actually getting comfortable with the road system. It stormed
all through the early evening and there was even the threat of large
hale. It backed off some and rained off and on most of the night.
We awoke to puddles
everywhere. Our particular site seemed to be in an area that never
got dry. It had rained the day we arrived and the ground was wet
all around the camper when we parked. It was still wet when the
rain started yesterday so it was pretty much a lake around the camper
this morning. Rita had asked that we visit the Gourmet Oriental
one more time before we left the area so today we took care of that.
Great food once again. I wish the oriental buffets back in West
Bend were anywhere near as good. Back at the camper we made the
decision to have Corpus Christi be our next stop. We spent some
time selecting a campground and then called to make reservations.
It looks like I will have internet again good news. Rita started
laundry and we settled in for a little TV.
Lunch today at
a Cici's before our seemingly daily trip to Wal-Mart. After checking
out a cart load of groceries, we returned to the camper. Rita still
had more laundry to do and I had cleaning projects as well. As much
as I had tried to procrastinate and put off the faucet project,
I decided that I really needed to change it out today. The leaking
had been diminished by not turning the spray hose off during the
showers but the leak had continued just the same. The project looked
easy and I have to admit in retrospect it was easy. It went in on
the first try and didn't leak a single drop. Tomorrow I will be
checking on it before and after our showers. I will keep my fingers
crossed. Only one more day here in Houston before we hit the road
again. Friday is a big sci-fi night along with a busy night on the
regular networks. Nothing to do tonight but drink beer and watch
some great TV.
Slept way late today It rained most of the night and was still raining when we got up. Miserable day. We watched some really good sci-fi before eventually taking a shower and getting ready. After much careful checking on the faucet installation I declared it a complete success. Two showers had been taken and not one drop had leaked out. After having lived with this leak for such a long time I wish we had changed it out earlier. The best we can tell it had been leaking since the day we bought the motor home. By the time we were ready to go we had become quite hungry. We jumped in the Jeep and took off for Chili's looking for a repeat of the great meal we had there a few days back. We both had burgers and they were great. Mission accomplished. Back at the camper, in the middle of some very large puddles, we settled in for our final night in Houston. I spent the evening watching a little TV and using what might be my last good internet access to update the web site.