This is a special day for us, our fourteenth wedding anniversary. And I can tell you that we are even more in love today than we were when Terry and I said “I do.” Being married to your best friend in the world is a wonderful thing. Thanks for all you do, and for all you are, Terry. I love you with all my heart.
A while back, somebody said that the two of us seem almost codependent, because we like to spend all of our time together. Hey, call it whatever you choose, it works for us, and we still feel like we’re on our first date.
This is also our last day before we start our westward trek. We plan to go back over to Tarpon Springs, one of our favorite towns, and wander around for a while, checking out the shops along the waterfront and playing tourist. Then we’ll find someplace over in that area to have a nice dinner, before we come back to the campground and finish up our last minute packing to leave here tomorrow.
Terry was feeling a little better yesterday, but not in top form yet, so we stayed home all day, and got some chores done. I was getting pretty shaggy, so Terry gave me a haircut and trimmed my beard. Then I spent some time flushing our black water tank, something I try to do a couple of times a year. I have had people tell me that I really don’t need to do that, especially if I buy the latest and greatest holding tank additive, which they usually just happen to be selling. But it’s not that much work, and it keeps us from having problems.
I’ve been planning our trip west, and here is the tentative schedule, which is always subject to change on a moment’s notice: Tuesday we’ll go back to Ocala to have Cummins Coach Care install the new heater core in our motorhome. Since it will be sometime in the afternoon by the time they are done, we’ll probably spend the night there, since they have RV parking with electric.
We had hoped to get to Cedar Key for a couple of days, but the RV park there never got back to me when I e-mailed, or returned my phone call, so we’ve scratched that off the list. Instead, Wednesday we’ll drive to Mexico Beach, and probably spend the night at Rustic Sands Campground, a nice Passport America affiliate we stopped at last year, when we were having problems with a bad fuel filter. The folks there went out of their way to help us out, calling around to locate a shop that would open up on Saturday morning to get us in. That’s a distance of 260 miles, and will set the pace for much of our trip.
Our next stop will be Summerdale, Alabama, about 200 miles further west. I’m not sure if we’ll stay at the Escapees Rainbow Plantation, or an RPI park in the area. We’ll hang around there two or three days, before we hit the road again. Our next stop will be somewhere around Breaux Bridge, Louisiana (275 miles) or, if we’re making good time, Lake Charles (360 miles). That will be just a quick over night stop, and then we’ll go to Dickinson, Texas (230 or 145 miles, depending on where we stop the night before).
Our friends Greg and Jan White are spending some time there visiting with their kids and grandkids, and we’ll visit them for a few days. Greg hasn’t fixed anything for me in three months now, and I know he’s probably going through withdrawal. And there are a couple of great restaurants in that area that Greg and Jan have been telling us about for years that we’re eager to check out.
When we leave Greg and Jan, we’ll have a 210 mile day to Rockport, where we plan to stay at Bay View RV Resort, an RPI park that used to be a Western Horizons. We love that area of the Texas Coastal Bend, so we could be there anywhere from a few days to a week. We spent five weeks in that area a few years ago, and I know where all the good restaurants are there! 🙂
As much as I dislike the place, when we leave Rockport, we’ll drive about 200 miles to Mission, in the Rio Grande Valley. We wouldn’t go there, except that our friends Ron and Brenda Speidel are hanging out there, and it’s been way too long since we’ve seen them.
From Mission, we plan to drive 265 miles to the Escapee park in Hondo, Texas to touch base with good friends Mike and Elaine Loscher. We’ve only been to Hondo once, in our first year on the road, so we’re looking forward to getting back there, and to seeing Mike and Elaine again.
By the time we leave Hondo, we’ll have hitch itch to get on to Arizona, so we’ll probably make a long day of it and drive to Balmorhea, where there is a nice little Passport America park called Saddleback Mountain just off the highway for $10 a night. If we do that, it will be a long day, 350 miles. Another day of driving will take us to the Escapees park in Deming, New Mexico, 290 miles.
Friends keep asking us to stop on Benson, Arizona, but I suspect that being so close, we’ll make a beeline for Tucson, another 215 miles. We’ll stop in Tucson for a day or two to see my cousin Beverly, and for me to check in with the VA hospital, and then it’s about two hours to Apache Junction, where Terry’s parents will be anxious to see her.
Most of those travel days are shorter than the norm for us, and who knows, we may cover more miles in a day as we go. The closer we get to where we’re going, the more excited we are to get there. Our wheels have not done enough turning in the last few months,and I’m looking forward to putting some miles behind us.
Thought For The Day – Our best decisions, the ones that we never regret, come from listening to ourselves.