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Old 06-05-2009, 10:30 PM   #85
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Chief, if you want boring, try Roswell to Tucumcari. Driving across the Staked Plains feels like you're driving the same mile over and over. .....
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My dirty secret (well okay, one of them, and one of the nicer ones) is that I LIKE driving in the barren areas of east NM. The landscape sort of speaks to me I guess. Hwy 13 - a cut off from nowhere to nowhere else- is a new favorite of mine from the current trip.

Chief, I hate to see your trip drawing to a close. Be safe on that last leg, remember that chunk of aluminum behind you has beds if you need them. Don't push to hard.
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Old 06-06-2009, 07:57 AM   #86
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Have enjoyed following your trip---we have been to many of your stops, learned of new places to go next trip west. Travel safe.
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Old 06-06-2009, 10:20 AM   #87
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The only time I've been to the Riverwalk was in the mid-1950's. It looks a bit more developed now. Barb has been after me for years to see San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi, and I've resisted. Maybe I'll give in after seeing your photos though the sardine boat seemed unappealing.

I understand your desire to get home, but I have enjoyed following you around and seeing places familiar to me again. We did the same thing—stepped up the pace the last few days and tried to get home midday so we had some energy to unpack. Where to next? Is another long trip coming up this year?

As for Rodney's attraction to the Staked Plains (Llanos Estacados), well I knew you were strange.

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...The only time I've been to the Riverwalk was in the mid-1950's. It looks a bit more developed now. Barb has been after me for years to see San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi, and I've resisted. Maybe I'll give in after seeing your photos though the sardine boat seemed unappealing.
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It's changed a LOT. When we moved to Austin decades ago, the population was 110K. It was a neat town. Now it's over a million. Whenever I go back (like this week again), I just become very depressed.

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As for Rodney's attraction to the Staked Plains (Llanos Estacados), well I knew you were strange.

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Future Trips

Gene,

To answer your question about future trips.....yes, we have one on the books for just about every month except Sep & Oct (hurricane months). It's kinda hard to think about the next one today.....having just gotten home.....but, we will be traveling to Titusville, FL for the July 4th weekend (visiting Sis who lives in one of those fancy gated RV parks). Late Jul-Aug is Nashville, TN and late Aug/early Sep is local state parks. One of the perks of living in FL is that, once you reach 65.....all state parks are half-price. Our next big trip is to Key West for Christmas/New Year's.....we were there last New Year's and it is a blast!

Hope our paths cross someday.

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Days 29 & 30 with final thoughts

We’re home!!!! The closer we got, the more we wanted to get here…..so, I did the whole last leg of 750 miles, with only a couple of quick naps……arrived at 4:30 AM. In the words of Crawford Gene….”I never realized that we lived in such a wonderfully large mansion!” Sure is nice to stretch out on the couch with the big screen TV, and take a long hot shower without bumping into something……makes us appreciate all the things we took for granted before spending a month in the aluminum cocoon.

The trip covered 5,350 miles, about 800 of which was sightseeing with the TV only, and averaged 11 mpg. Still haven’t added up the costs, but I think my estimate of fuel expense was probably pretty close…..Vegas may have put us over the estimated miscellaneous expenses. Since I had made reservations before we departed, our average camping costs were just over $23.00 per day.

So, what did we gain from this trip?? We learned that you have a tendency to pack too many clothes, even when it’s for four seasons…..but, the dirty laundry stacks up quickly. We learned that Murphy’s Law is ever-present in the RV world, and a well-equipped tool bag is a necessity. We learned that you meet some of the nicest people on the road, e.g. the nice Scottish couple, who invited us to their place (the husband works for a well-known Scotch distillery)…..the young Coast Guard couple transferring from Florida to California and traveling via rented RV…..and, who could forget our four young girls from New York, who were doing a 2 ½ week tent-camping trip, celebrating graduation and life in general. We learned (again) just how beautiful, and rich, our land really is…..even when we may not have liked the environ, the beauty still came through. We learned that, after almost 30 years of marriage, we can co-exist in less than 200 sq. ft. of space without getting on each other’s nerves. We also learned that the old axiom “There’s no place like home” is so true.

Hope everyone who traveled vicariously with us enjoyed the trip…..we had a fantastic adventure! Until next time……..

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Final Pic: Jenn pointing to the place (on our updated travel map) she likes best …..Home!
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Ron and Jenn, we're glad you had a great trip and thanks for sharing your adventure as you went. Looking forward to seeing pics at some point in the future.
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Great to travel, always nice to get home.
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Sounds like you had a great trip. The philosophical comments were a nice close for those of us that had to travel vicariously.
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I enjoyed traveling with you. Where did you get the great map?
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Greg & Pat, Russ & Linda: Thanks....the only thing that could have made the trip better is if you guys had been with us....hope to see you soon.

doug & maggie: Thanks.....BTW, you live in a great state....our son-in-law is from Colchester.

tksbaskets: The map is a Camping World product.....actually, not bad quality.

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I think we had too many clothes too, but never enough tools. We too have learned how to live in such close quarters without too much friction—and friction is usually caused by too many miles and being flat out tired, not by trying to occupy the same space between the sink and the refrigerator, or deciding who gets to walk through that corridor first. Being locked together in 2 tin cans (trailer and truck) for 4 weeks affirms our marriage and how much we belong together. And it sure is nice to take that shower at our stationary residence and let the water run continuously.

Reading about your trip and those of moosetags, Rodney and others shows that for all our differences, we are more alike than we sometimes realize and all travel in many of the same ways. So thanks for sharing your adventure.

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Whew! I am worn out just from following you guys!!! Glad you made it home OK...talk to ya soon.

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