Moving day. It's
only 70 miles to our next stop so there is no real hurry. We have
to leave our current campground by noon but can't check into the
next one until 3PM. With time to spare we decided to go out for
breakfast. Whataburger serves breakfast until 11AM so we headed
there. After a leisurely breakfast we managed to get on the road
by a little after 11AM. We made a quick stop for fuel. The only
problems from the stop came as a result of me stepping in some real
nasty black greasy crap and tracking it all over the interior of
the camper. Cleaning would have to wait until we got to the next
campground. Maps in hand, we still managed to take the wrong exit
near Mission and get completely lost. After finding an area large
enough to pull over, we studied the GPS and the PC mapping software
to determine where we were versus where we were going. We plotted
our new route and got back on the road. Our route took us to a “Bridge
out – road closed” sign. Plan B. We eventually found our way and
got to the campground. Even with all the delays we were early –
they let us park anyway. Nice place. Very large lots and friendly
people. The temperature outside was 95 and we had a bit of cleaning
to do so the remainder of the day was spent at the camper. Deadwood
and Carnivale completed the evening.
Lunch today is
to be at a Chinese buffet called House of China. The campground
brochure said the address was 220 S 10th. We checked the addresses
when we got off of the freeway and found were at 1800 S 10th so
we headed north. We found pretty much an empty lot when we got to
the address but we continued north anyway. The restaurant had a
location on the north end of 10th as well so we thought we would
just go to that one. By actual count, we passed 11 Chinese buffet
restaurants before we found the one we were looking for. The food
was good and reasonably priced with a large selection of items.
Way too much traffic in the area to make for a comfortable revisit.
We later found out that the actual address of the one we were looking
for originally was 2200 S 10th. If we had turned the other way we
would have found it almost immediately. A quick stop at Camping
World was all we could do as it seemed we both were in need of using
the restroom. It seems the buffet had given us both a case of the
'runs'. We won't be going there again. Back at the camper, we sat
outside enjoying the breeze. As we chatted we decided that we really
liked this campground and that we would extend our current one week
stay to two weeks and maybe we would come back here next year.
I located a Fuddruckers
on the far side of McAllen so we decided to treat ourselves to a
good burger. We stayed off the freeways and wound our way through
the somewhat back roads to eventually get to the store. Great burgers
as usual but we were a little disappointed by the pump cheese –
not as thick as the cheese at our Fudds back home. After a quick
and unproductive stop at an H E B (local grocery store chain), where
we looked for pre-marinated chicken breasts, we headed back to the
camper. We had not taken the time to put the awning down and hang
the sun shade earlier so today we did. We sat out for a while enjoying
the beautiful weather before the clouds gathered and a storm blew
in. It rained like crazy so we decided it was time to retire to
the camper and a little TV. We became even more convinced that we
wanted to stay an extra week so we stopped by the office and extended
our stay as well as signing up for Feb & Mar of 2006. We really
like this place! Rita came to me about 10PM to advise me that the
dryer had stopped spinning in mid cycle. Seems it will have to be
looked at one day soon.
On our way to
Fuddruckers yesterday, we had passed by a Taco Bell / Long John
Silver's combination restaurant that became the place for lunch
today. We both had items from the Taco Bell menu but the stuff on
the Long John side looked very interesting. It had gotten a little
cool after the storm last night but it has warmed up nicely today.
Working on web sites took up my time after we returned to the camper.
Rita can always find something to clean so she kept busy as well.
About 4PM, we broke from our labors to walk over to the club house.
Every other Wednesday the campground organizes a gathering and provides
free frozen margaritas – all you care to drink. We met lots of nice
people from northern states as well as Canada. We returned to the
camper with a happy glow to have supper and a couple of beers. A
very nice day.
day today. It warmed into the mid 70s. I even got a spurt of enthusiasm
and worked on the dryer. It takes a little work to get at the thing
and get it apart but the problem was just as we had suspected. We
had experienced this same symptom when we were in Florida a couple
years ago. We had taken the dryer to an RV center for repair where
the technician quickly showed me a lose connector on the control
board and a bill for $50. One of the differences with RV life –
if you need repair work you take the problem to the service guy.
Anyway, once again it was the little plug and I was able to make
the repair without involving the $50 or the trip to the service
center. We had a late lunch at Tom & Jerry's Burgers & Beer.
Good burgers and excellent Texas Toothpicks – a combination of or
breaded onion strips and breaded jalapeno slices. Dipped in a ranch
dressing they were memorable. We made a quick stop at the nearby
Camping World before returning to the camper. It had become a little
windy as the day went on but still a beautiful day.
The wind continues
to blow today but the temperatures climbed a little higher – up
into the 80's. We got a call from Rita's brother Ed (the tax guy)
today. He had completed and filed our taxes. They couldn't have
come out better and I was extremely happy. Each year I have to worry
about taxes and license plate renewals during the trip and now one
of those was done. We decided to have lunch at Arturo's in Progreso
Mexico so we made the trip to the border and went through the usual
crossing process and a couple of block walk before finally getting
lunch. A nice place and one I would recommend if you should be in
the area. From there we went back to the Cactus Bar for a large
Pena Colada before returning home to sit out on the patio. A very
enjoyable day that was completed by an evening of great SciFi TV.
We decided to brave the Long John Silvers menu for lunch today. As we left the camper to get in the Jeep we noticed one of the Jeep tires was flat. Easily visible was a screw imbedded in the tread. Almost immediately a neighbor showed up to help change the tire. "Have you got a jack, have you got a jack?" He rushed off to get his jack and star wrench while I looked for the wheel lock key to release the spare. In short work we had the tire changed and the flat loaded in the back of the Jeep. After thanking the neighbor for his help we were finally on the road towards lunch. I had shrimp and Rita had fish from the LJS menu. Both were quite good and we decided we could do LJS again. We headed north to a Super Wal-Mart whose location I had found on the Wal-Mart web site. Sure enough there was a Wal-Mart there – just they had not finished building it yet. Disappointed, we went to the Wal-Mart way south on 83. The place was a zoo! I dropped the tire off to be repaired while we did a little grocery shopping. $6.50 was all it cost to repair the tire. Unfortunately I can't say the same for the groceries as it had been a while and we needed several items. We made chicken on the 'George' and sat out watching the stars before retiring to the camper to watch Terminator 3. A reasonably good movie.