Kudzu Files On The Road

I’m writing this while watching the sun set behind the Rocky Mountains just south of Colorado Springs, sitting outside my little RV using campground wifi. Camping isn’t what it used to be. It’s been many, many years since I drove through the Texas Panhandle and northeastern New Mexico. The trip this time has been interesting so far – discovering literally right before we left home that the refrigerator on our RV had quit (it’s a 1991 Itasca 21′ on a Toyota chassis, not one of the luxury cruisers); none of the local RV shopd could help, so I called Camping World in Denton, TX, to see of they could. And they could – they had the same frig in stock, so we set up to have it replaced Friday afternoon and hit the road, 3 hours later than planned but still on the road. Stayed Thursday night at Tyler State Park, Tyler TX. Very nice park, just north of I-20 at Tyler, TX, of all places. Got to Camping World at 12:30 Friday – we had a 2PM appointment, for what they had said would probably a 3-hour job. But they started early, at 1:30, and finished in 1 1/2 hours.

[Side Note = the folks at Camping World in Denton are first class. Everyone we dealt with was great, doing everything they could to get us back on the road]

So, at 3PM we left Denton and headed northwest, hoping to get past Wichita Falls. Wichita Falls came and I was still feeling fine, so we drove on – and discovered that out around Childress, Texas has 2 rest stops with free wifi! Stopped in, never left the vehicle, found a campground in Amarillo, called ahead via cell phone, and had a destination. Like I said, camping ain’t what it used to be!! Rolled in to Amarillo at 9:30 Friday night. Then today, we drive across Dalhart, TX and Clayton, NM to Raton, then up to Colorado Springs. I had forgotten how much I liked the terrain in northeastern New Mexico. Beautiful area. Even if the rest area where we stopped had signs that said “WARNING!!! WATCH FOR SNAKES!!” So, now we’re in Colorado Springs. That’s as far as we’ve figured out on this trip. Probably, we’ll end up back home next weekend.

July 2, 2005 В· Harry В· 5 Comments
Posted in: Other Stuff

5 Responses

  1. loren - July 3, 2005

    Hope you get a chance to vist the Garden of the Gods while you’re there; it’s really quite beautiful.

  2. scott - July 3, 2005

    I love Rabbit Ears Mountain in Clayton. There’s a lake out by it that has the bluest water…

  3. Kennedy - July 3, 2005

    So you can’t really get away from it all?

  4. Oranged00d - July 4, 2005

    Loren is right, Garden of the Gods rocks. Too bad it isn’t football season, you could go watch AFA run the option.

  5. Spillmann - July 7, 2005

    Yep, that rest stop at Childress is the most impressive rest stop I have ever seen, as far as rest stops go.