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Taken In Quartzsite Arizona Dec 7th 2015

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Good bye Midland Texas, lets hit the road! Not too far though....

Where are we today ?
        Hey we got up early as usual and it was cold! How cold was it? 16 f with a wind chill factor that made in 8f.  Now overnight our water pump quit, yep frozen solid. We even had our furnace running and a light bulb by the water pump. Nope we frozen. 
       Not a real problem cause we have water inside and we have heat. Friends of ours John and Barb were heading this way and got stopped about 40 miles east of us and spent the night at a campground.
       This morning they were headed west like us but about two hours ahead of our comfort zone in this weather.  Ok, road is looking good and we can get outta here, Walmart camping is ok for one night but we have been here for three nights lets move on down the road. Besides, we needed fuel and propane. 
       But we have a bit of and issue, our TV antenna will not stow in the lowered position. I climbed the ladder to our roof and we have one inch of ice there. Sorry not going on that roof. Hmm what to do? Our ladder is to short, so into Walmart and think about this. 
        I ran into to some Midland firefighters buying groceries and discussed our problem. Easy fix he suggests get some ice melter or softener salt and throw of the roof. Well scoured the store and finally asked a helpful employee. Sorry sold out of ice melter, rock salt, softener salt and ice scrapers. A nice lady suggested table salt, hey thanks! Picked a couple pound of that and back to our coach.
        Moved our coach over a bit and in this blustery cold wind poured a whole box around the antenna base. Did not work right away so we fuelled up our coach and head on down the road, antenna hanging off the roof.
thats our antenna hanging high in the air
        Now we are on I-20 moving right along. Road not too bad and no traffic at all. Just before we got to Pecos TX  got a  message from our friends. They are on the side on the interstate, parked. black ice, no where to go. Suggest we stop at Pecos for the night.
         So only 90 miles down the road we pull into Pecos, fuel up at the Flying J. again. They have no propane=sold out. Down the road found a place topped up out propane tank and ready to go. Tiny Walmart here and no Rv parking at the Flying J so found a TRA rv park  with one site left. Quickly we grabbed it and got set up.
love the overpasses here
        Now we have electric but no water, pipes in the campground frozen. Our antenna has now been stowed and thawed out our water pump. We happy, we comfy and we toasty warm. Ok we paid $28.00 for the night but we have had free camping so far all winter and its only for one night, we hope.
cool camper beside us
       Checked in at the office and they have a huge book exchange. Suzie in her glory, found 5 new books and we traded 5 of our used ones, great deal.
This be the campground now full, nothing fancy,
 but we only here for a night in our house
a nice pull thru site
next door is a small air field with this huge chopper there
the view out our front window,
small oil field
          Now a great travel day we had only 90 miles but and new place and cozy and warm. Relax for a bit and reheat the rest of our chicken and taters, add some mixed veggie and garlic bread. What more can we ask for? Maybe warmer weather but that will happen eventually.
Tasty supper and no dishes for Suzie again !
       Hey thank ya'll for riding on down the road with us, not far, but new place, new faces and new experiences. By the way The staff in this campground are so friendly we almost want to stay here longer. But we have a plan, I think. Not much here to see anyway+too cold.
Posted by George, a.k.a. "The Weber "Q" Man of Blogland" according to Rick Doyle. 
 Check out the map below to see where we have been this Winter
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28 comments:

  1. Glad you are on the move and keeping the shiny side up. Hope your friend didn't have to spend the night on the side of the Interstate. Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. Have not heard back from them yet, hope they got going.

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  2. Glad to see that you've made it a bit further down the road. We never got above 27 degrees here in Glen Rose... Ice still on everything... treacherous even trying to step outside the rig. But it looks like you folks are doing just fine... hope tomorrow is better.... keep safe!

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    1. The main roads were dry and ice gone, so we hit the road for a bit.

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  3. WOW just one thing after another for you guys. Hope that salt doesn't cause a problem with your roof. We'll be in southern TX in about 5 weeks. Think we'll catch up? You need to move further south for warmer weather.

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    1. Better than ripping the antenna off the roof, that's a little salt compared to camping by the ocean for months or driving in northern winters on salty roads.
      Would be nice to meet up with you guys again.

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  4. Good you found an overnight stop. Any port in a storm.

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    1. Change of pace is nice, nee scenery etc...

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  5. I am really concerned about that salt on your roof. You might want to rinse it really well as soon as you can. The temperature here in Alabama is 32 degrees. Better than in Indianapolis, but not as good as I would like. Safe travels and find a warm spot!

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    1. The salt will be rinsed off as soon as it warms up, better that ripping our antenna off the roof. Hope you find some warm weather too.

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  6. Glad you are making progress to warmer temperatures.

    Safe travels tomorrow!

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  7. 90 miles is 90 miles. Better than in a ditch somewhere. Be safe you guys.

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    1. Thats right if its safe we hit the road, of not our home stays still.

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  8. It's so nice to have your comforts go with you wherever you land.... supper looks wonderful! Little Rock did not give above 27 ... it is sleeting again now. rats!

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    1. Yeah this freezing rain and sleet is not fun.

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  9. I honestly didn't think you'd be getting out of the parking lot until it got a whole lot warmer. Nice to have hook-ups, even if it's only power.
    You'll find some warmth eventually. 90 miles is quite a ways, considering.

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    1. We did not think we were going to go either, but had to get gas and propane anyway, and the roads we actually travelled were very good, no ice at all.

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  10. Three nights in Walmart is way enough for me.

    My goodness you too sure had an ordeal today. So glad you are safe and sound for the night.

    We are Escapee members. All the parks have a great libraries. Glad Suzie found some good reading.

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    1. It was an interesting day thats for sure kept us busy. Nice change of pace.
      We nice and cozy here all is good.

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  11. We've been in that campground before! You're lucky it's cold because when we were there there were thousands of flies and it was hard to keep them out of our motorhome! Glad you're safe and glad you're on the move!

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    1. The only reason we are here is because of this cold so guess we got lucky both ways.

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  12. Wow George. We're pulling for you guys. Let's all think warm thoughts. Maybe that will help.

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    1. Thanks Larry warm thoughts alway help.

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  13. Bit by bit you are moving, glad you got the propane. Hopefully you'll be able to fill you water tanks before you leave. Sending warm thoughts your way.

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    1. We got some water at the Flying J in Anthony and now at Walmart Deming New Mexico, much warmer!!
      Thanks for the warm thoughts too.

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  14. A tip that I don't know the effectiveness of, 3 parts vinegar, one part water...said to melt ice.....
    Tara

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    1. Thanks Tara. It was very cold and windy but the salt did the trick and has now been completely removed all looks good and working fine.

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