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Travels With Our 59 Tradewind

Posted 04-30-2009 at 11:43 AM by gypsygirl1

DAY 94 - Sat Apr 25
Another warm, muggy night, followed by the same kind of morning. We went out to do laundry, and found a great laundromat on Manchaca Blvd S. We stopped for lunch on South 1st St at the "Trailer Park and Eatery" -- not really a trailer park, but there are two vintage trailers, one an Airstream and one a 1959 Shasta being used as food vendors. Very cool. Austin TX is very into using vintage Airstreams as offices, vendors, etc. Besides the ones shown here, there is also one being used as a real estate office.
DAY 95 - Sun Apr 26
It rained through the night, and the morning is very muggy -- the sun comes and goes. We took a ride to the Palmer Event Center for the Citywide Yard Sale and bought a few things -- more record albums. We got back to the trailer and grilled steaks on our new little bbq (the other one died in Arizona).
The weather service issued tornado and severe thunderstorms for overnight. Nothing like a tornado threat in a trailer park!!
DAY 96 - Mon Apr 27
Warm, humid night and morning again. Still issuing tornado watch and thunder storm warnings. We took a drive on I-35 South to San Antonio to visit friends from back home. It poured rain all the way there, but cleared up for the ride back. It was a very nice visit and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing them.
DAY 97 - Tue Apr 28
Rainy night, rainy morning.
Packed up and rolling by 10AM, saying goodbye to Austin once again. We took TX73 east to TX21 east to US290 east to TX105 east to Beaumont TX -- the long way around Houston, but a very nice drive. We stopped for lunch at "The Relay Station" just outside Montgomery -- historic relay station for the stage coach and mail. They make THE BEST chicken-fried steak ! ! We got to I-10 at Beaumont and the road is HORRIBLE!!! There is tons of construction, with uneven pavement, twisty lane changes, narrow lanes, and plenty of traffic. We made it to Sulphur LA to Hidden Ponds RV Park (full hookup, no cable, 8hrs free wifi $25/night). It's a very nice park surrounded by large ponds, and great private bathrooms.
DAY 98 - Wed Apr 29
Another warm, muggy morning. Rolling by 9:30AM, back on I-10 heading east to Lafayette where we got on US90 towards New Orleans. We stopped for a bite in Brousseau at Mel's Diner -- retro diner with great food ! ! We had lunch for $5.50 ea including cake for dessert. We followed Business 90 through New Orleans, and it was a crazy ride with lots of traffic, of course. We made it to Slidell to the New Orleans East Kampground ($35/night full hookup, no cable, free wifi). This campground was literally destroyed when Katrina hit, but it has come back, and still has many plans for the future.
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