|Hello from Texarkana,
After 2 1/2 days of searching we have finally found Texas. We did have some adventures along the way.
Christmas morning we got up around 7:00 AM (Shari was up at 5:30. Moe and I at 7:00) and it was 47 degrees and raining. By the time we got ready to leave for Washington for Christmas brunch at 8:30 the temperature had dropped to 40 degrees. I decided to put the slides in on the trailer so all we had to do in the afternoon was hookup and leave. When we returned to Mt. Pleasant about 1:30 PM the temperature had dropped to 17 and the fun started. When we tried to unlock the door to the trailer, the lock was froze. Had to go to a convenience store to buy a lighter to unfreeze the lock. Finally got it unlocked and open. Then I dumped the tanks for the last time and when I went to pack up the sewer hose, it was froze. Had to get hot water to thaw it out. Next I went to open the tailgate of the truck and it was frozen. More hot water to thaw it out. Then I went to slide the bed cover back and it was froze. More hot water. We finally got hookup and, at 2:35 PM, we were on the road.
With a big head wind we started to work our way south. We got south of Hannibal and it was starting to get dark so we decided we would call it a day. I remembered reading about a campground east of Bowling Green, MO so we decided to give it a try. As I was driving on US 54 about a mile from the campground, a deer decided to play dodge truck in the middle of the road. The truck won, the deer lost. Fortunately, no damage to the truck. I can't say the same for the deer. We finally pulled into the campground about 5:00 PM. Real nice place called the Cozy C RV Park. It should also be called the "NO" Campground. NO phone service, No internet service, No TV reception, No cable TV, and our satellite was buried underneath. We listened to the radio and read books. We haven't done that for years.
Saturday was a much calmer day. We traveled to Marion, AR With no incidents and stayed at a KOA camp. Yesterday, we left Marion with the intention of getting off the interstate and drive through Pine Bluff, but I decided different. I decided to drive I-40 and I-30 and we could get to Texarkana last night and we could stay at a corp campground for 3 nights. Driving the interstate was a HUGH mistake. The traffic between Memphis and Little Rock was terrible not to even mention some of the roughest roads I have driven on for a while. After traveling for a while I was getting low on fuel and Shari was getting hungry. (I don't know why. I cooked her a hamburger the night before.) I saw a billboard for a BP Truck Stop and Diner at the next exit, so we pulled in. The place was an absolute dump. Moe did her business while I fueled the truck and we were out of there. A few miles down the road I saw a Waffle House, and since Shari had never been in one, I pulled in. We did eat there but it was an experience I don't think Shari will ever forget. We were truly in the south. After those 3 mistakes on my part we arrived there at Rocky Point Campground on Wright Patman Lake. It is the nicest Corp campground we have been in. Moe is in dog heaven. Lots of things to explore.
Last evening, after we got set up, Moe and I went to the gate to check in. I asked the lady working the what kind of critters they had at the campground. She said a few deer with an occasional raccoon or skunk. Well, Moe and I have seen two out of three. On the way back home we came upon a herd of 40 to 50 deer. (They aren't fed well as they are the smallest deer I've seen.) Then later Moe and I went out for our last walk of the night and on return came upon a skunk. Moe and I were about 15 feet from it when we saw it. I jerked Moe back as the tail of the skunk came up. Fortunately it did not spray. As close as we were, I don't think they make enough tomato juice to get rid of the smell. The skunk wandered off under the pickup and trailer and went off into the woods. I do believe we will be a little more cautious on the ole walk tonight.
For you Yankees up north, how's the weather? We haven't seen snow since just south of St. Louis and got up above 32 degrees shortly thereafter. The temperatures have been in the low to mid 40's during the day and around 30 at night. The really weird thing is, the sun actually shines all day long. You even have to wear sunglasses down here. I love it. It is suppose to warm back to normal in the next few days. I think the three of us are starting to thaw out.
I guess I had better quit for now. Moe is getting antsy about going on her 4th walk of the day. That dog is going to wear me out.
Everybody have a good one and I'll be back to you soon.