After reading yesterday’s blog in which I said that we would be leaving Bay View RV Resort in Rockport a day early because we weren’t happy with the poor condition of the campground, the lack of Verizon service, and the noise from the nearby pile driving machine, somebody commented to me that they couldn’t believe I would leave a place where it only cost $10 a day just because I wasn’t having fun. I told him that I’ve divorced women for less reason than that! 🙂
I also had two people make comments that maybe we should just rough it and go without Internet for a few days, asking why we were so spoiled that we felt we had to have Internet all the time. We are not retired, we are working RVers who make our entire living on the road. We require a reliable Internet connection to handle the volumes of e-mail we get every day, to communicate with our customers, and to fulfill many of the orders that come in over the Internet every day.
It was really foggy yesterday morning in Rockport when we left, but once we got a few miles inland the fog cleared up and we ran under clouds most of the day. We had an easy 200 mile drive to Mission, in the Rio Grande Valley, and got settled in at Sleepy Valley Resort by 3 P.M.
As we were coming into Mission we stopped at the Flying J for fuel, and once again, as I do every time we go to one of these truck stops, I asked myself why? When we were at the Tampa RV show a couple weeks ago, Flying J had a booth distributing the latest RV customer convenience cards. I was talking to their rep in the booth and told him what a hassle it was at the different Flying J’s around the country. Either they did not recognize the previous card, or it wouldn’t work in the card readers at the pump, or we didn’t get the promised discount even after using the card. He assured me that their latest whiz bang fancy dancy card would solve all those problems. I was skeptical, but since it was free I went ahead and picked one up. At the first Flying J where we attempted to use it, in Gulfport, Mississippi, it wouldn’t work and Terry had to go inside to have the clerk activate the card, which took several minutes. At the Flying J in Orange, Texas the card readers were out of order at the RV fuel island and Terry still had to go inside to pay and have them activate the pump. Yesterday in Mission, it took four trips inside and out to get our fuel. Yeah, this new card is a real timesaver! For the couple of cents a gallon discount we get (when we get it), it’s just not worth the hassle. I think I stop at Flying J out of habit more than anything else, and it’s a habit that I plan on breaking.
After we got settled into our RV site here at Sleepy Valley, we drove over to Pleasant Valley Resort, a short distance away, where our friends Ron and Brenda Speidel are staying. It sure was good to see them after all this time! We visited for a while under their awning and then went to dinner at a great Chinese buffet they recently discovered. The time went way too fast as we enjoyed good food and good conversation with our dear friends.
We’ve only got a couple of days to spend here in Mission, and a lot of things we would like to cram into that time. So we’re going to be really busy for the next two days. If we had more time we would hang around over the weekend go down to the big kite festival at South Padre Island. But we have to be in Tucson by Tuesday, so we’ll have to put that on our bucket list for another time.
I want to thank everybody who helped get my new book, Big Lake Lynching, off to such a fast start. We sold over 100 copies in the first 24 hours, and the book has already climbed to number 38 in Amazon’s Kindle bookstore under the mysteries – police procedurals category. And thanks to everybody who e-mailed to congratulate me on the new book and to tell me they had already downloaded a copy.
Thought For The Day – Don’t look for the most beautiful girl in the world to love. Look for the girl who can make your world the most beautiful.