Weezie and Biggie's big trip Eastbound travel blog


March 11, SAN ANTONIO

The drive to Junction took a lot longer than we thought it would—partly because of some windy roads (windy, as in curvy), and partly because while there were 70 mph speed limits on these lesser roads, they had 40 mph (marked) curves. We never went over 50, and the slow curves we did at 35. We saw a javelina along the highway in this stretch. We got gas in Fort Stockton—boy is that a dead, dumpy place, despite claiming to have 8000 residents—and then got on I-10. I-10 was lovely—no traffic to speak of, and the closer we got to San Antonio, the more bushes and then TREES we saw. We actually had some ‘mist’—not quite rain. And it was REALLY cold. I noticed there was a small line of leftover snow along the edge of the shoulder. Our campground in Junction was right on the Pecos River, and would have been a lovely place to spend some time if it were warmer. We were under a BIG tree.

The remaining 121 miles to San Antonio was easy, but the closer we got to the city (which we read somewhere is the 8th largest in the country !?!), the more traffic there was, and the more congestion. Not being used to this, it felt kind of freaky. The approach to our campground went through some very industrial areas, as well as some very poor areas, and I began to wonder if I had picked another ‘winner’, but, in fact, I had picked a winner! We are at Traveler’s World RV Resort, which backs up to a large golf course, and has every amenity you could imagine. It is lovely here. Lovely enough that one could stay the whole winter here—many do. Plus it smells really nice. Something is blooming. We have not yet started to see the sights, but in researching them, I discovered that there are wonderful things going on in the winter here. We easily found our local Walmart Supercenter, where Biggie picked up a prescription renewal, and I did a major grocery shopping. All across the southwest, the Walmart Supercenters have had bulk offerings of all kinds of dried beans and rice, and produce with amazing prices, like ripe avocados for $.64 each and ripe tomatoes for $1.00 per lb. I know that part of that is climate and distance to farm, but the other part is the Walmart philosophy of ‘do business with us at the price we dictate, or not at all’. That’s the unfortunate part.

Tomorrow we will explore the historic missions in the area, and then head to Fredericksburg (1.5 hrs north of here) to have dinner with Kent Morsch (formerly of NJ, now living outside Boston) who is in the area on a hell week bike trek. Plus we have to get the toad taken care of—windshield and headlight.



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