On To Hondo

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 162015

When the alarm went off at 7:30 yesterday morning I wanted nothing more than to roll over and go back to sleep. But it was a travel day so I drug myself out of bed, sniveling all the way.

Terry seemed to be over her cold for the most part, but mine was still in full force. After drinking a glass of Alka Seltzer Cold Formula for breakfast and checking my e-mail, we visited with my friend Jim for a while and then started getting ready to hit the road.

We left Pleasant Valley RV Resort in Mission a little before 10 a.m. and took U.S. Highway 83 north through Rio Grande City, Zapata, and on to Laredo. I’m not sure if they were there because it’s a high crime area, or just as a show of force, but there was a State Trooper parked alongside the road every couple of miles along the way.

There was a light breeze and a few sprinkles now and then, but overall it was a good driving day. We slowed down going through several small towns, all depressing looking places that had us wondering why anybody would choose to live there. Most of our route followed the border and I was careful not to make a wrong turn. Ending up in Mexico wasn’t in our plans and I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t take too kindly to some of the “personal protection devices” in our motorhome.

In Laredo we got on Interstate 35 and took it northeast another 122 miles, pulling into a rest area for a pit stop along the way. There wasn’t much to see except for miles of brush country broken up by an occasional RV doing gate guard duty at a drilling site.

When we left the interstate at Devine, it was about 22 miles north on State Route 173, a good two lane road, and then another eight or nine miles west on U.S. Highway 90 to the Escapees Lone Star Corral Co-op. We arrived about 3:30 with about 285 miles behind us.

Our friends Mike and Elaine Loscher have a lot here and came out to meet us. We have not seen them in about three years so there were a lot of hugs to be shared.

By the time we got parked and everything hooked up, I was wondering if anybody got the license number of the truck that hit me. So I took a couple of ibuprofens and laid down on the couch for a nap.

About 6 p.m. Mike and Elaine picked us up and we went to the ice cream social at the activity center. We saw lots of familiar faces, including Dave and Peggy Krepelka, Jim and Patti Cobel, John and Judy Arsenault, and Carole Wright, to name just a few. I know there were others and I apologize to anyone who I forgot to mention. It was a long day.

Back at home, Terry made us a nice dinner while I caught up on e-mail, and then I wrote the blog, and that was about all the oomph I had left in me. We’ll be here a few days recharging our batteries before we hit the road again, headed toward Tucson.

Congratulations to Brenda Baar, winner of an audiobook of The Music Box by Heather Meyer in our latest drawing. Stay tuned, another contest starts soon.

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  5 Responses to “On To Hondo”

  1. It seems like a few of my blogger friends are hitting up Lone Star Corral. My wife and I are thinking of getting a permanent lot there for when we decide it is time to stay put.
    Looks like a friendly place,

  2. We are so happy that you made it safely and that we can now catch up on whats been going on.

  3. Thanks, Nick!

  4. Which site did they put you on Nick? 85 is ours and in the rental pool this winter. We are volunteering in Oregon.

  5. Jeanie and John, we are on site 97.

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