2013 Travels travel blog

Carpe Diem boondocking in Lindale Lowes parking lot

We leave US 59 for US 69 in Lufkin, TX

US 69 north of Lufkin

Wildflowers brighten US 69 between Lufkin and Tyler

Traffic on US 69 in south Tyler

TX 323 bypasses Tyler to the west

Sandi admires '59 Caddy tail fin
They don't make 'em like this any...

1959 Cadillac 2 door hardtop tail fin

Sat, 11 May: We're on the road again. After six days "vegging" at the Escapees Livingston park our "hitch itch" finally got us moving.

We took our time getting ready as we weren't planning to drive very far. By the time we dumped our holding tanks, topped off the fresh water tank, got Dinkum connected, paid for our site and electric, it was almost 0945 when we pulled onto Texas 149 heading north to Livingston. Once thru town we merged on to US 59 for the thirty-some mile run to Lufkin where we transitioned to US 69.

Other than taking two bypasses (TX 287 around Lufkin and TX 323 around Tyler) we stayed on US 69 for the balance of the trip. US 69 was four lanes most of the way and went through several interesting towns. The spring wildflowers were in bloom along many stretches of the highway that made the run so much prettier. Today's trip reminds us why we prefer the less-traveled state and federal routes to the "super slab" (Interstate).

As we approached Tyler the traffic got increasing congested and the stop lites (ever notice that nobody ever calls them "go lights"?) more numerous. South of town we took TX 323 which skirted west of downtown Tyler. Once back on US 69 northwest of town it was a quick seven miles to our current overnite site; the Lowe's parking lot in Lindale.

We arrived a bit after one and got set up for the nite. We have a nice corner of the lot that allows us to open our slides and be comfy. Following lunch we walked to the nearby Wal*Mart parking lot where they were having a classic car show. Some lovingly restored American "iron" was present and many of the cars brought back fond memories.

Today's run was 149 miles and Carpe averaged 7.7 mpg. She doesn't "do" traffic very well. Thankfully she was well behaved and Bob drove the entire distance with just one "pit stop" at a picnic area along US 69.

Tomorrow we'll head toward Dallas and our Monday appointment with MCD in McKinny.

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