This morning before heading to Waco, I had to go to Dripping Springs to have new tire valve extensions installed by Wagoner Tire. It took them about an hour because the outside tires had to be removed in order to install the extensions on the inside tires. He had ordered them last month but I didn’t want to make a special trip to have them installed.
Instead of going back through Austin to get to I-35, I went via Johnson City, Burnet and Georgetown. It was farther in miles but shorter in time. Besides, the drive was much prettier than I-35. I saw a lot of wildflowers and some exotic animals (zebras, elands and llamas).
Tonight Donette Harpole, Jack Taylor and I were the April birthday honorees.
This morning it rained a little but didn’t really interfere with our activities. Bruce, Jack, Ethel and I visited the Dr Pepper Museum. Dr Pepper was created by Waco pharmacist “Doc” Alderton in 1885, the oldest major soft drink in America. The wax figure of Dr. Charles C Alderton is still welcoming visitors and providing some historical information. Dr Pepper was originally bottled in this 1906 historic building. Three floors of exhibits include an interior artesian well, bottling equipment and containers, as well as 25 years of Dr Pepper commercials. Several changes have been made in the exhibits since my last visit in 2005. After our tour, we had refreshments in the original soda fountain. (www.DrPepperMuseum.com)
After our business meeting this afternoon, nine members and guests of the Longhorn chapter of Loners on Wheels visited us during our happy hour. Then four of them had dinner with us at Heitmiller Steakhouse. It was nice to meet some members of one of our sister chapters. They are having a campout this week end at the I-35 RV Park in Elm Mott a few miles north of Waco.
Today most of us went to Collin Street Bakery in Bellmead (north side suburb of Waco) for lunch. The food was very good. Of course I had to buy some goodies to take home – a dozen coconut macaroons.
Tonight Andy Parmley, the South Central Representative for Loners on Wheels, had dinner with us. He brought two flavors of ice cream, bananas and strawberries for dessert. He also visited the Longhorn chapter at Elm Mott. It was convenient for him to be able to visit two chapters on one trip.
We also had another guest, Wilma Schroedl, who is spending a week in the Riverview Campground. She is a Winter Texan who spent the winter in La Feria and is slowly working her way back north. She is a member of the Rio Grande LoW chapter. She stayed after dinner to play Mexican Train with us. She's a funny lady. She told us that she got her teeth in Mexico but that they didn't help her speak Spanish any better. :>)
Route: US 290 W to Dripping Springs => Johnson City => US 281 N to Burnet => TX 29 E to Georgetown => I-35 N to Waco => TX 6 E => FM 434 S => Riverview Road E to campground
Total Miles Driven: 191
Weather Conditions: Dry, warm and windy
Road Conditions: Good
Gasoline Price: $3.699 at Liberty Hill
RV Park: Riverview Campground
Park Conditions: Large trees, long pull-throughs, gravel roads, WiFi, large clubrooms