2017 Travels travel blog

Carpe Diem at Thousand Trails Columbus Texas

Texas bypasses San Antonio
This is a really nice bypass...

Now That's an oversize load

We stopped at Buc-ee's in Luling
Diesel for Carpe Diem and BBQ for...

Deer grazing at Thousand Trails Colorado River

Fayette Cty Courthouse, La Grange TX

Main Street La Grange TX

Prause Meat Market

Prause Meat Market Sausage

Prause Meat Market Brisket


Sun, 10 Dec: Our fifth day on the road...

It was another cool one at the Kerrville Texas Wal*Mart. It dripped to 28°F overnite and our salon was a chilly 46° at wakeup. We ran the bedroom furnace at its lowest setting for most of the nite so it wasn't too bad. Around six Sandi braved the chill and started the generator so we could run both furnaces on high. Of course, a lot of snogging also helped...

We got things ready for the road and Bob rolled wheels about half past nine. We retraced yesterday's route; FM 783 to I 10 and eastward ho. We quickly approached the western suburbs of San Antonio and decided to try something new (to us). Previously we bit the bullet and stayed on I 10 right thru San Antonio. It wasn't much fun. This time we decided to try the "outer loop" road, TX 1604. It turned out to be a good decision and we were quickly east of San Antonio.

We switched drivers at a closed weigh station and Sandi continued to Luling TX and Buc-ee's. We love Buc-ee's, a regional chain of fuel/food/trinkets/etc. stores. They pride themselves on their restroom, which, at this location, were huge!

We added 57 gallons of diesel to Carpe Diem's tank, and then headed into the store. We left with two BBQ sandwiches, fudge, and a couple of T-shirts. Sweet!

We continued east on I 10 to TX 71 west of Columbus. North on TX 71 a few miles and we arrived at the Thousand Trails campground. We had reservations and quickly found a site and got settled in. We'll remain here till Saturday (16th) for no particular reason other than R&R.

Today's run was 194 miles with a fuel economy of 8⅓ mpg. It was also notable as it was the first quiet drive we've had since leaving Casa Grande. We noted shortly after hitting the road Wednesday a loud wind noise from our entry door. Upon investigation we found a missing seal on the door jamb and could even see daylite thru between the door and jamb. A roll of Wal*Mart weatherstripping applied to the jamb did the trip and Carpe was a quiet as ever...

Fri, 15 Dec.: A busy week...

Here it is Friday already. We've thoroughly enjoyed our week "vegging" in this lovely and quiet place. Several mornings we didn't get out of bed till after eight, and really got into the retired lifestyle. Often we would have deer grazing around our RVs, they seemed to be quite used to RVers and didn't shy away very easily.

Not to say we didn't accomplish things. We caught up with our accounting by reconciling our accounts. We also got our laundry done, and managed to enjoy some meals out. First was at an old favorite, Los Cabo, a local Mexican place in Columbus. Their taco lunch was so huge that we each got three meals from our order.

Second was a visit to La Grange Texas, a small (population 4,400) town about 25 miles north of the Thousand Trails park. La Grange is the county seat of Fayette County, and is also the home of the Prause Meat Market. This is a well regarded meat market that also makes and smokes their own sausages. We bought a pound of sausage and a pound of brisket. For our money the brisket wins handily. We ate in and brought ⅔ of it home for future meals.

Tomorrow we'll continue our cross country trek to Florida. Five days (four nites) on the road should get us to Waucuhula mid-week.



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