Winter hit home in Clarence early and hard, so I had the RV winterized, with the vague idea I might get on the road during a January thaw. I also had my car & RV setup so I can tow my car four wheels down. For my non RV friends it is affectionately called a Toad.
I also contemplated why I was leaving. Was I a “snow bird” who just wanted to escape winter in WNY or do I really just do it for the traveling? Being retired does change my outlook on winter. My new car has remote start, my new house has a carport and I don’t have to drive to work every day. Makes it more tolerable. So I decided I was a traveler.
By leaving later this year, I figured I could go north later during the trip to visit the Pacific NW, particularly Portland OR & maybe even Seattle WA. I could also visit the Rockies in May & June on my way back with less chance of snow and other bad weather.
So I didn’t get out of town until Feb 28th. First stop was at my friends Cecil & Becky in Washington Court House, OH. They have a wonderful home they call the Loose Moose Lodge on many acres with five full hookup RV sites. I met them last trip while camoing at Ft Pickens. FL. Both are salt of the earth people. I spent five days with them before getting out in earnest. Luckily the weather was cool but not wintry. A sampling of pictures are here.
Made my way south as quickly as I could by driving 300 plus miles per day, which is very tiring, especially when there are heavier winds. Goal was to get to the Rio Guadalupe RV Resort where Gary and Debbie were spending the winter. They were the couple from Binghamton, NY that I met at Betty’s on my previous trip. I arrived on Thursday, Mar 8. She made dinner of beef stew and homemade biscuits which was fantastic.
I was hoping to see a another friend I had met on my first year of RV travel, but a minor problem delayed my departure from the area so I just missed him. My outside door decided to no longer open from the outside. A highly recommended mobile RV service tech had to come out and repair the locking mechanism. John did a great job without having to replace the mechanism, saving me money. I too will recommend him to any RVer in that area of Texas.
Had a great time in Texas Hill country at the campgrounds near the Guadalupe river. Having my car allowed me to explore and enjoy the local flavor, highlighted by a fantastic burger at a permanent food truck named the Horseshoe Grill. Beautiful scenery, friendly people, great eateries all make for an enjoyable stay in this area. I’ll be back next year with planned trips to nearby New Braunfels, Gruene, Austin and maybe even San Antonio.
Spent a week there before getting on the road again heading to Arizona to meet up with Lynn and her new husband, Ray. I met up with them at the Twin Peaks Campground in the Organ Pipe National Monument. Ray & Lynn also stopped by at my next destination in Tucson, Desert Trails for two days. We had dinner together the first night. They did weeks worth of laundry the next day.
In conclusion I can sincerely say that all three of my visits with the friends that I have met the last two years of traveling have been spectacular and worthwhile. They each made me dinner on my arrival. Such a wonderful gesture, particularly after driving a few hundred miles.
Not feeling as lonely as I have in the past. Having the car helps break up the boredom. Whether I go shopping or out to eat or sight seeing it is definitely worth having it. A followup of this thought will be in future blog post.