Texas Two Lane Roads

 Posted by at 1:26 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 092015
 

We love traveling the two lane roads that wander through America’s countryside and small towns. They usually take a little longer than crossing the country at high speed on the super slab, but it’s worth the time.

I always tell people that Denny’s in Paducah, Kentucky and Denny’s in Kingman, Arizona are the same. That’s just boring. On the two lane roads you can find small mom and pop restaurants that serve young fried chicken. Who knows how old the stuff is they feed you at those chain places?

Young fried chicken 3

You won’t find the Spotted Ass Ranch at your nearest highway off ramp.

Spotted ass ranch

And folks in small towns don’t hesitate to tell you how they feel about things.

Diapers and politicians

We drove about 320 miles on mostly two lane roads yesterday, from the Colorado River Thousand Trails preserve in Columbus, Texas to Pleasant Valley RV Resort in Mission, Texas.

The wind was blowing steadily when we were getting ready to pull out of our RV site and by the time we left the campground I was beginning to think we maybe should have postponed our trip by a day. It wasn’t as bad as some of the wind we have dealt with in northern Arizona in the spring, but enough to keep me on my toes.

We drove about 20 miles west on Interstate 10 and then took U.S. Highway 77 south through the small towns of Schulenberg, Hallettsville, Victoria, Refugio and a few others before we joined up with Interstate 37 and took it south a few miles to the north edge of Corpus Christi. Then U.S. 77 broke off again and took us through Kingsville and to Riveria, where we picked up State Route 285 west 22 miles to Falfurias. From there it was about 70 miles further south to McAllen, and then another 20 miles or so to Mission.

The wind eased up somewhere around Riveria, and except for a pit stop somewhere along the way, and a stop to top off our fuel tank at the Flying J in Edinburg, we rolled right along.

When we got to Pleasant Valley and pulled up in front of our RV site, which is right next door to my friend Jim Lewis’ park model, there was a welcoming committee waiting to greet us. Actually, I think it was just happy hour, but I want to believe they were my welcoming committee, so please don’t burst my bubble.

After hugs from Jim, and Ron and Brenda Speidel, and being introduced to a bunch of nice folks whose names I don’t remember, I got backed into our site without running over anybody, thanks to Ron and Miss Terry’s expert directions. Once we were parked and plugged into electric, one of the guys said I made it look easy. I told him I’ve lived long enough to learn that life goes a lot more smoothly if I just follow the directions of people who are smarter than me. And since about 75% of the world is smarter than me, it’s not all that hard if I just listen.

We’ll be here for a week, catching up with Jimmy, Ron, and Brenda, and making some new friends. Since everybody here at Pleasant Valley seems so nice, that shouldn’t be hard to do.

Congratulations to Jim Vierra, winner of our drawing for a signed paperback copy of Explanations and Advice for the Tech Illiterate by Randall Morris! Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

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  5 Responses to “Texas Two Lane Roads”

  1. February 9, 2015

    Hi Nick

    how did the refrigerator temperature do for your trip?
    Did the twelve volt system power the refrigerator thru the whole trip?
    Did you operate the generator during your trip?
    We have installed the same refrigerator and not traveler any distance since the installation was completed December 31. I have a compartment behind the house battery compartment that I want to add two more six volt batteries, if needed. How about you would you want the extra battery storage capacity?

    George

  2. Nothing better than a young fried chicken!!!

  3. I am close to having the freedom of trip like you have just taken. I don’t profess to be a seasoned RV but I do like to play it safe when I travel. You took some back roads on your trip to Texas and I like the MPG that a leisure travel gives me. We have traveled on vacations and put 15K miles on our coach but not the side roads. How do you make the decision to take this road or that road with consideration of weight and length and height. Being a “fat coach” @ 43# and not wanting to take the toad off in a narrow road and the only place that you could even turn in was 10 miles back. I have always traveled on roads that has a “US” or a “I” on them. My nightmare is this situation will occur a railroad bridge that is 10′ ( I’m 11’6″) and 101″ wide or the RR tracks have a hump that will not clear with levelers at their peak.

  4. George – Until we get to Arizona to have a pure sine wave inverter installed we do not run the refer on 12 volt. As for batteries, if you have the room and can carry the weight, the more the better.

  5. Scooter – Any Interstate or US Highway is good for a large RV. State routes may be a problem so I always check ahead if it’s a route I’m not familiar with. A trucker’s road atlas will tell you what roads are not suited for a big rig, and give you information on low bridges. We also have an RV GPS with our rig’s height, length, and weight are entered into that is supposed to help us avoid trouble. So far, so good.

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