Thousands of monarch butterflies at 10,700 feet in the mountains of Michoacan, Mexico. Photo taken yesterday!
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? San Juan del Lago RV Park near Cuitzeo, Michoacan, Mexico.

Where are they going next? The outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico on the 17th.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

One thing we've learned about overnighting at airports.

It's been four and a half weeks since we left Ottawa and headed to the abnormally cold south east in the motorome. Yesterday, we drove west from Louisiana into Texas and it's been our warmest day yet, with a high around 24C (75F), we were able to open the windows and and still have our t-shirts on.

Finally! But, it didn't start off that way...

We hit the road early and went through a few sections of heavy rain...

My view at 8:45am yesterday.

We stopped at a Walmart in Leesville, Louisiana just east of the Texas border and did a grocery shop and stocked up on some booze.

I also bought a grease gun and a tube of grease so I could lube the control arm bushings and ball joints. I was going to pay to have it done, but when the tool and materials only cost $20, it doesn't make sense to pay someone else to do something you can do yourself.

We got caught up on some free internet in the Walmart parking lot, then had some lunch and headed west in to Texas.

Still in Louisiana.

Sherman is 11 ft 3 in. We had a foot to spare!

Welcome to Texas!

We crossed the border and the speed limit went up to 75 mph (120 km/h)! 
Sherman still does only 55 though. 

 We stopped at a laundromat in Jasper, Texas and did a big load of laundry. Then, just west of town is the Jasper County Airport. Not a very big parking lot, but by backing in, we only take up one spot. I went into the small terminal building and asked a friendly young man if we could stay for the night. "Sure, I don't see any problem with that". he said. He peaked his head out and asked me to move over one spot just to be further away from an entrance gate beside us.

One thing we've learned about overnighting at airports. The parking lots are always totally level!

Sherman, at Jasper County Airport for the night.

We finally had a little blue sky and sunshine to end the day. And it was warm and muggy. Nice. Ruth even put on a pair of shorts, and we had the windows open. Nice!

Heavy rain for about an hour overnight though. Woke up this morning, and the temperature is already 61F (16C) with a forecast high of 74F (23C) and sunshine.

We're going to do a short drive to Martin Dies Jr. State Park where they have hiking and biking trails. My mother gave us some Christmas spending money, so we're going to buy a $70 USD ($92.40) Texas State Parks annual pass. Thanks Mom! We'll be able to use it now for a couple of weeks, and again in early April for a week or two.

Yesterday's drive, 96 miles (154 kms).

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20 comments:

  1. I enjoyed this blog posting. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Ottawa also had it milder yesterday - up to 4 !!! Today's high is -4 and windy.

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    1. You know it is only going to get worse! ;-)

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  3. Love the scenery but our rig couldn't fit where Sherman does. It's still useful information if we ever change our travel mode.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. The bigger the RV the more limitations you have. Having said that most of the roads and places we have been to you would also be able to go to. Like that bridge for instance, there was another route you could have taken that would have avoided it.

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  4. Wow hard to believe you have been on the road for a month already. Glad your coming into some war,Dr weather. Enjoy your stay in Texas and good for you to explore the parks. We really look forward to your daily posts it kind of feels like we are traveling with you Thanks so much! Travel safe!

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    1. The time has really flown by! We are in some warmer weather for now but it isn't going to last long, by the weekend it is supposed to start cooling off again and even go below freezing point at night.

      Thank you for following along on our adventure and for taking the time to comment, we really appreciate it. :-)

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  5. You have covered a lot of interesting places in four and a half weeks. The Texas State Parks annual pass is a great idea!

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    1. We have seen so many interesting places on this trip, but then again there are a lot of interesting places out there. There is almost always something to see, people just need to take their time and see them.

      We have already put the Texas State Park pass to use and we will be using it again today! :-)

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  6. Not sure your route but we are in Denton, Texas... we have a guest room!

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    1. Thanks so much for the invitation Kent but no, we aren't quite headed that way. Hopefully we will see you when we get down to the Playa del Carmen area, close to mid February, I think.

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    2. We head back home in a week for a few months, and will see you in February. Carnival is Feb 9 to 14, and is spectacular on Cozumel!

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    3. Unfortunately I think the caravan company has us pretty busy that I doubt we will be able to take the time to bring the group to Cozumel for the day but who knows, maybe we will be able to work something out.

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  7. The Big Thicket area has an interesting history. If you are anywhere near the little town of Sour Lake you might want to drive through. It's just a little Texas town, quiet now but at one time was an oil boomtown.
    Happy holidays!

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    1. We passed part of the Big Thicket area yesterday that was close to the US190 but we didn't go in to check it out. And, unfortunately we aren't headed down to the Sour Lake area, we are heading towards College Station. I will have to put these two places on my list so the next time we are in the area we can stop and check them out. Thanks for the suggestions.

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  8. So close....I see you are planning on avoiding Houston, where we've been since Thanksgiving, but we have flown the coop regardless. We flew back to Ohio for the Christmas Holidays. Hope to see you in Mission, TX later in January. Be safe and enjoy the great state of Texas.

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    1. Yes, we are definitely avoiding Houston! It's too bad that again we are so close just not close enough. When are you back in the Mission area? We may just miss you again because we are will be heading into Mexico on the 7th of January.

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  9. I agree with Connie and Barry, you've certainly covered a lot of interesting places since you've been on the road. Amazing what you can see if you look around. Safe travels ahead.

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    1. Yep, there's no need to rush! It's hard to see it all but if we can take our time and a least see some of the hidden gems out there then we are happy. That's one of the many reasons we love that "back roads" opposed to the interstates.

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