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Taken In Quartzsite Arizona Dec 7th 2015

Friday, December 06, 2013

Yep still here in Midland Texas, soon to be gone, we hope...

Where are we today ?
        Why are the roads so bad here in Texas?
        They do not use salt on the roads in Texas so when there is ice on the roads, like now, it stays there. You can read about it here as long as the link works. Essentially the reason being is that salt is highly corrosive and does too much damage to the highways. Occasionally they use MD-20 which is a mixture of sand and 10 percent sodium chloride, not real effective at removing the ice from the highways. Mother nature will need to take of that. So until then we will stay where we are.
       You can see below our forecast, not great but it is what it is, even colder tonight.
wind chill feels like 13f
        We are dry campers by choice and know how to deal with this. No electricity no problem, we have solar, inverter, water, tv, heat etc... want coffee, we have the old coffee perk that actually gets a lot of use. Makes awesome coffee!
          We ha d problem this morning our water pump froze up. So a being a handy guy I took my trouble light (60 watt bulb) plugged into our inverter and put in our wet bay. Before we know it pump working again and we are good to go. When it gets real cold gotta do what we gotta do.
great coffee perk, stop by for a good cuppa.
        Once the sun came up thats what we had to see outside our window.
not too inviting is it ?
         Went for another walkabout and am  getting to know this Walmart pretty good, think I have walked every isle a few times. But at least I can get out for a bit.
        Over by the interstate to check things out and nope we do not need to go there yet.
I-20 right next to us
the icy road right behind us
somebody hit the median here
he has been on the road
nice truck, a GOAT in the back!
          Ok, now we are here and have all day, looking for some comfort food, something that goes with this cold blustery weather. So how about a stew?
          Conferred with the boss here (Suzie) and we agreed on a hamburger stew. So back into Wally world (need a walkabout anyway) picked up a few things we need and put it all together. You want my recipe click here and thats how I made it, easy, peasy.
stew is ready to eat
some garlic bread and really hit the spot
        That was another day here at Camp Walmart, looks like a record for us three nights here so far!  Usually its just a quick overnight stay. But not a lot of choices with this weather. Don't wanna drive on these roads unless we have to and we don't have to. So stay here and spend our money on a few things.
         It is amazing how busy this place is open 24 hours a day. I was inside at 6:30 this morning and families were actually there grocery shopping with their young children too. This afternoon this place is a real zoo!
        Wanna thank ya'll for stopping by to see how we making out and hopefully we can git outta here tomorrow and make our way to Arizona, it better weather there than here thats for sure, even if just marginally.
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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31 comments:

  1. Well, sh*t happens. What ya gonna do?
    Sunday seems a bit of a ways off, but as long as you have enough propane you'll be fine. We used one of those Melitta drip through type of coffee arrangements any time we were without hookups. All I had to do was boil the water and pour it through the cone filter. Made great coffee. I held onto that little gem. It took me too long to try and find, so it's stashed with all the other "RV" stuff. Never know, might need it one day.
    Bundle up!

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    1. I had a Melitta thingy too, years ago, they do work real well. Found our Coffee perk at a yard sale about 25 years ago.

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  2. There are a few things to be thankful about. At least you have everything you need inside your motorhome. What isn't in your motorhome is inside the Walmart. According to that weather map it doesn't look like Saturday is going to be any better than Friday. However, Sunday looks like a great traveling day!

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    1. Well we play it by ear and see how it goes.

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  3. Hmmmmm....your not having much luck with the weather George....too bad. Hopefully it picks up soon for you. You chose a good spot anyways to get stuck at! You will never go hungry...

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    1. Its a convenient place to be thats for sure.

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  4. At least we don't have the ice. We are getting rain tomorrow but I don't think it will freeze. Lots of sunshine which made it nice today even if only got into the 50's. I was looking at my blog from last year and it was in the 70's this week.

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    1. Sunshine is nice at any temperature, we will wait and see.

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  5. Come on over George... chilly at night, but 50º - 60º in daytime. www.tombstoneterritories.com

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    1. Thats ok we love that area too, we will be in St. David in a few days.

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    2. Just passed thru St. David yesterday. Nice area.

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  6. George, you and Suzie take care. NM can be real cold and even if AZ bacons wait it out until you feel good about it then GOOOOO

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    1. We in no rush but getting kinda tired of the same Walmart everyday.

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  7. Howdy Susie & George,
    Midland ain't the greatest place to be marooned in, but it sure beats Amarillo !!! At least you got to see Joyce and me before setting up camp at WallyWorld in Midland !!! I-20 doesn't look that good for going to Odessa, at the moment, or any place really... Y'all could have stayed and helped Joyce feed the animals & bust the ice from the water troughs; I even helped her on my walker today !!! Keep walking the aisles and checking-out the Walmartians !!! Send us some Walmartian pics !!! Keep the cowboy hat on the high side and the shoe-soles down !!!
    Joyce & butterbean

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    1. You know what our plan was but it kinda got broken.
      Guess we could a stayed and fed the animals maybe next time.
      Pretty tame Walmartians here, just a lot of cowboys and construction workers.

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  8. So sorry that you are stuck in Midland Texas. We were in that area to sight see. Yuck! Not a pretty area at all.

    Good luck with your travel and tomorrow. Hope you get out of there. Safe traveling.

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    1. We didn't sightsee, did not even unhook our towed. Think Saturday will be good.

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  9. No matter what we run into George, it's all just another dog for the blog. Safe travels.

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  10. We got the ice and snow back in Glen Rose as well.... and temps in the low 20's.... so while you "got out of Dodge" y'all just didn't get far enough ;-) But it's sure better to be safe in a Wal-Mart parking lot than out on the road with idiot drivers!

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    1. Yes Sharon you are so right. We should be good to go today I think.

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  11. I thought you left all this wintery weather behind. Boy did you get fooled! ;c)

    Glad you're safe and sound, I don't like to walk on ice, let alone drive a MH on it! Yikes!!!

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  12. Well it is an adventure but not the type you really want. At least you are in a Walmart that sells food, could be worse. Hang in there.

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    1. Every adventure makes memories and this is a different one for sure.

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  13. Hi George and Suzie:
    I agree with Contessa - it's all part of the adventure. I've signed on for another week here in Livingston at Escapees. It's not as cold as Midland, but chills the buns to walk about outside and it's ben raining on and off. I'm heading to Huntsville today, the home of Sam Houston. I actually really enjoy conjuring things to do when I feel I have to stay someplace because of weather / road conditions. Boy, those signs about every 3 miles on the highways of Texas, "Caution: bridge ices before road" are scary to this novice motorhome driver. Stay warm and I'm going to try that recipe today or tomorrow. Happy Weekend!

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    1. Need to watch those bridges in this cold weather. We enjoy Hubstville and the Sam Houston Monument is amazing to see up close.
      Enjoy your stew, great for this cold weather.

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  14. You had some cold temps...ice and snow! But sure making the best of it!!! We land at our resort in Gulf Shores for the winter in our NEW rig...post coming soon! Long couple of weeks. Be glad to be settled and enjoy a little bit of the holidays! Hoping warmer temps coming your way soon!

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    1. Enjoy the Gulf shores we did last year. AND can't wait to see your new rig.

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  15. A wise RVer you are George. It is best to simply hang out and wait till the road conditions improve. To be self contained makes the wait just that much easier. The WalMart staff appreciate that you leave some of your hard earned dollars there too. It is a good trade off.

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    1. Does make it easy to stop anywhere and may as well spend our money here trade off for free parking.

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