Sherman, parked for the night near Mayerthorpe Airport, Mayerthorpe, Alberta. Photo taken Saturday evening.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Whitecourt, Alberta!

Where are they going next? Towards Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Bit of a long driving day for us...

We were still on a bit of a mission to get some inexpensive propane, so after we said goodbye to Annette and Raymond, we made a quick detour to the U-Haul in College Station to fill up the tank.

We got there, and parked nicely beside the fill station and I went in to get the guy. He was already coming out because he saw us pull in.

He got the hose and everything ready, and I remembered to ask him the price. "$3.39 a gallon" he says. Yikes. That's not cheap!

I almost said no, but he already had everything ready to go, so I said okay, just put in 5 gallons and I'll find somewhere cheaper along the way. He said he can't do that because he can't fill it and look at the gauge at the same time. 

Hmph.

Okay, so I watched the fill gauge on my tank, and told him when to turn it off. Ended up getting 7.6 gallons of expensive propane. Oh well. We've got enough now to last us in to Mexico if we don't find some cheaper stuff along the way.

At least we're getting cheap gas. I'll top up the tank in Port Lavaca today where I see it's $1.94 a gallon! ($0.67 CAD per liter).

Annette, Raymond, Ruth, and Kevin.
Thanks for having us guys!

Leaving town, we drove by the huge sports facilities at Texas A&M University.
Over 60,000 students go to school here!

Heading south. Not much to see.

We made it to the town of Columbus (pop 3,625), where we had planned on spending the night. But we couldn't find anywhere convenient other than the Walmart, and we weren't that desperate. They have a city park there that would have been fine, but the entrance was closed due to flood damage from the August hurricane.

Nice historic downtown area though, so we took a driving break and went for a walk around town.

Historic downtown Columbus, Texas.

Nice old buildings.

The courthouse occupies the center square.

 Typical western looking downtown.

The old opera house, now renovated into offices.


Built in 1883 with 400,000 bricks, the tower originally supported a big tank filled with water used to douse downtown fires. When Columbus got a water system, the tank was taken off the top of the tower and the town tried to blow up the tower with dynamite. Its three-foot-thick walls wouldn't budge. Now looking like a wayward tower from a medieval castle, it was turned over to The United Daughters of the Confederacy, which used it as their meeting place. In 1962 -- during the battle years of segregation -- it officially became the Columbus Confederate Memorial Museum. Closed while we were there, just like almost everything else downtown. I guess everybody was at the Walmart.

We continued driving south, and stopped at a small airport along the way. Not very good parking for us though, so we carried on to the town of Ganado (pop 2,102) where we found an athletic complex with a huge parking lot. Not fantastic, but it was 4:00pm by now and we decided it will do.

Sherman, parked for the night at GPS 29.034442, -96.517250

As expected, we were fine. Being a Saturday night, a few cars came and went, but it was quiet overnight.

Yesterday's drive, 145 miles (232 kms).

Because we did such a long drive yesterday, today's drive will be a short 45 miles (72 kms) to Magnolia Beach where we'll stay put for Christmas.

Hope you all enjoy a wonderful Christmas Eve!

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26 comments:

  1. An easy drive tomorrow will give time to get that turkey done! Merry Christmas to you both.

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    1. We have a very easy drive yesterday! No turkey for the oven though. We cooked a turkey a couple of weeks ago so I set aside some of the leftovers for a nice turkey dinner tonight without all the hassle of cooking the complete meal on Christmas. :-)

      Merry Christmas to you and Shelagh.

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  2. have a merry christmas to you and Ruth

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    1. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you as well!

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  3. That Texas A&M stadium hold 104,000. They made sure it was bigger than the University of Texas stadium in Austin. Take that, Longhorns!

    I love finding those old courthouses in Texas. They were mostly built back in the day when people were proud of their public spaces, and when public spaces were built for people, not for cars. If you pass through Victoria, there's a really spectacular courthouse there.

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    1. It is a huge stadium for a university but then things are always bigger in Texas! ;-)

      We agree many of the small towns in Texas have beautiful old courthouses. We have been to Victoria several times but we have never been to the "downtown" area, we will make sure to do that next time we are there, not sure if it will be on this trip though.

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  4. Merry Christmas and we also wish you a Happy New Year. Have a safe Journey as we will be watching for your daily report.

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    1. Thank you Tommy and Carol, and Merry Christmas to you both. Enjoy your winter in Texas.

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  5. Enjoy your short drive and have a Merry Christmas.

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    1. Thanks, and Merry Christmas to you and Suzie!

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  6. We love the old historic towns that still use their buildings instead of tearing them down. So much more character in them. Neat town! Merry Christmas!!

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    1. We feel the same way. And this town had a beautiful courthouse. We also love the idea of the center square with the shops and offices surrounding it.

      Merry Christmas to you, Barry and your families.

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  7. Merry Christmas Kevin & Ruth from snowy BC! As mentioned before, your blog is my read over my cup of coffee.
    Love the pace you set to really experience what shows up on your travels.
    Enjoy the warmth. We are not heading to Mexico for this season.
    Taylore & Bill

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    1. Thank you so much Taylore and Bill for continuing to follow along on our adventures. Sorry you are in snowy British Columbia rather than down in the sunny south but I will bet it looks a lot more like Christmas back there.

      Hope you both have a very Merry Christmas and we will try to bring a little of Mexico to you through our blog over the next 3 months. :-)

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  8. Wishing you both a very blessed Christmas!

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    1. Thank you and the same to you both!

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  9. Wishing you both a Safe and Merry Christmas!

    It's about time.

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    1. Thank you and the same to both of you!

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  10. We love Magnolia Beach but decided to go further south so we are in Port Aransas for Christmas.
    Merry Christmas to both of you and see you soon.

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    1. Thank you and we hope that you both have a Merry Christmas in Port Aransas!

      Won't be long and we will soon see you again. :-)

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  11. 145 miles? That's barely enough time for Sherman's thermostat to open... ;c)

    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Sherman is getting older, he enjoys these slow driving days. If he saw you coming though he might run and hide! :-P

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  12. Sometimes I see little difference in the way things are done in the U.S. versus Mexico. Yet, when here, people take on a different attitude.

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    1. I think you have us a little lost on this comment Chris, can you elaborate a little on it for us?

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  13. An interesting day for certain. I enjoy the pics, the small towns are always interesting, with a few quirky highlights. Enjoy the short drive.

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    1. Thank you! We love stopping and having a look around some of these small towns many of them are very interesting, plus it breaks up the drive.

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