The sun came up and it was going to be another warm day. We left at around 9:30am and headed for Laredo. It wasn't going to be a long driving day, only about 100 miles (160 kms). This part of Texas is very boring though...just miles of scrub brush and cactus interspersed with the odd oil pump.
But again, the highways are in good condition. These Texas backroads are just two lane highways with wide shoulders...but the roads we were on today had a 75 mph speed limit! And they use them at that speed too, so Sherman pulled over to the side to let people by who wanted to go faster.
Sherman drove on the shoulder to let the faster vehicles pass.
When we arrived at Laredo, we went straight to the Walmart which is only a few miles from the Lake Casa Blanca State Park. There were some last minute items we needed to stock up on, and we spent $164 there. However, the next several months should be very inexpensive for us because we have a good stockpile of supplies! In fact, I'll say it right now that I expect our total living expenses for the next several months will only be about $1,000 a month and that includes gas for Sherman!
Then we got set up at the state park. We paid for a water and electric site and started Sherman's air conditioning right away. $26 a night including the Texas State Parks day use fee. The temperature at the time was 97F (36C) and it took quite a while before the A/C actually took effect!
I did the cooking outside an I can see that we're going to use our new little camp stove burner a fair bit this winter so we stocked up on those little propane cannisters.
Sherman, parked up at Lake Casa Blanca State Park in Laredo, Texas.
Cooking outdoors...the only way to go!
Posting this late Friday evening because we will be crossing the border early Saturday morning. Our destination tomorrow is Potrero Chico where we will meet up with Chris and Juan, but we don't know when we will have internet access again. It could be a few days, so don't worry if we don't post again for a while! Or, we could get lucky with an unsecured connection...who knows??!!
We drove 2,400 miles (3,800 kms) over the last 17 days. And we bought 235 gallons of gas! Proof that Sherman still gets around 10 mpg!