|Sat, 28 Dec: A long, wet day...
We departed the Fountainbleau State Park this morning in heavy rain. Fortunately, we'd planned ahead so the amount of outside work was minimal and, once Dinkum was connected we were able to shed our "banana skins" and turn up the dash heater.
Departing Fountainbleau we headed west on US 190 a few miles to Interstate 10 west. We stayed on the "super slab" thru the rest of Louisiana, going thru major cities such as Baton Rouge and Lake Charles. At Baton Rouge we crossed the Mississippi river (Yessss!) and are once again "west".
The rain continued unabated for most of the time we were in Louisiana. As the day progressed the traffic became heavier and tailgating drivers on rain obscured roads was a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, we sit nice and high and can see far ahead so we were able to steer clear of the real nutcases. Happily, there were no incidents, just a load of brake lites. West of Lake Charles the rain eased and we could give the wipers a rest.
Shortly after one we crossed into Texas and broke for lunch at the Texas Welcome Center. A few miles further we stopped at the Pilot Flying J station to top off Carpe's diesel tank (we weren't low, but the price was right and the station convenient). Better yet, the sun broke thru the clouds and we got to enjoy some lovely weather for the balance of the drive.
We left the Interstate at Beaumont and picked up Texas 105, a beautifully-maintained 70 mph two lane road that runs almost due west to Texas 146, which we took north 30 miles to the Escapees Park in Livingston. We pulled into the park right at four having added 333 miles to Carpe's odometer. A longish day, but it was good to get parked and settle in. We'll be here till after the New Year so we can relax a bit...
Tues, 31 Dec: Happy New Year Everyone!
We've had a busy few days since arriving on Saturday. Sunday's weather was spectacular with highs in the sixties and abundant sunshine. Then someone left the freezer door open or something like that as we haven't seen the sun nor temperatures warmer than fifty since. It's good to be inside with the heat running.
Yesterday we met up with Carmen and Domingo who arrived from Michigan late Sunday evening along with Don and Pat, also from Michigan. They both drove their rigs down here before Thanksgiving and drove back to Michigan in a car to be with the family for Christmas. We're going to blame them for the cold weather.
We expect a quiet New Year. We've invited the two Michigan couples over post dinner for snacks and libations as appropriate. We fully expect everyone will be yawning and ready for bed by nine, at least we will be.
This will be our last 2013 posting. Some summary data for 2013 follow:
Total Carpe Diem mileage: 11,179
Total Carpe Dinkum mileage: 8,511 (driven) + 10,952 (towed)
Total diesel consumed: 1,364 gal (8.36 average mpg)
Number of states visited: 26
Did we have a great year? YES!
To each and every one of you the very best for 2014. May you find health, happiness, and prosperity.