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Two-Inch Hellstones and a 300-Mile Detour.

Posted 05-10-2013 at 09:01 PM by BillB44
Updated 05-10-2013 at 09:15 PM by BillB44

Well, we left Palo Duro Canyon by 9:15 and started checking the weather forecasts on the iPad as we drove. Good lesson here: check before driving. Actually, I did a cursory check the night before but it just said 20% chance of T-storms in Oklahoma City. This morning, things looked far more threatening.

As I drove, Kathy checked NOAA and their weather maps and the prognosis was not good.

Right where we wanted to go there was a 60% chance of severe thunderstorms in the afternoon...
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The Lighthouse and Last Day at Palo Duro

Posted 05-10-2013 at 08:53 PM by BillB44
Updated 05-10-2013 at 08:57 PM by BillB44

Well, we got the drenching after all, poured for several hours over night. Loud in the Spud.

But the sun was waiting for us when we got up early-ish, had a quick breakfast and drove to the Lighthouse trail head. This is a moderate hike of 6+ miles round trip so nothing too exhausting. Unless beauty wears you out. Because this was even cooler than we’d heard and read.

A wide, well maintained trail rolls up and down over red Texas earth covered with Juniper and paddle...
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Palo Duro Canyon and Camping vs. RV-Parking.

Posted 05-10-2013 at 08:48 PM by BillB44
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Anyone who has any form of RV can appreciate the distinction. For those who don’t, allow me to explain the (vast) difference; I’m sure you’ll be reading this perched on the edge of your seat.

First, there are RV Parks. These are always privately owned & run and can be found on the fringes and within virtually any town or city. They are admittedly handy and helpful when you are motating down the highway and are dog tired and just need a place to stop, maybe explore the adjacent...
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Amarillo by Morning. And noon. And night.

Posted 05-04-2013 at 10:10 PM by BillB44

Checked out Amarillo last night then got up at 6:30 this AM, skipped breakfast and broke camp to get the Spud into the dealership (Jack Sisemore Traveland) by 8:15. The people there, like all we’ve bumped into here in the Texas Panhandle, couldn’t be much nicer. Must’ve been asked, “How y’all doin?” a dozen times in the 1.5 days we’ve been here.

The folks at Sisemore were very sweet and seemed genuinely concerned about our plight. We unhooked Spud and left it in their mechanic’s (Scott)...
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Two Day, Two Time Zones.

Posted 05-04-2013 at 10:02 PM by BillB44

We lost an hour when we got into New Mexico yesterday. Today, we drove thru more wide open (i.e. kinda ugly) country and when we crossed into Texas gave up another hour.

Not much to report today. The highlight was the Midpoint Café on Rte 66. It sits exactly halfway between Los Angeles and Chicago which helps explain the name.
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They are known for their “ugly crust pies” so we had to stop and investigate. Conclusion: crust wasn’t that ugly at all...
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