We continue to friend our way across Texas sharing great meals and good times as often as we can. We leave Matt and Sherry in a chilly Livingston as we make our way to Austin. Monte meets us in Austin for dinner at Sway, the first Thai restaurant we have ever visited. We devour the tasty family style dishes he selects for us. Once again, we park at McKinney Falls State Park where bluebonnets dance merrily among a myriad of spring blossoms. Disappointingly, a lack of winter rain diminishes the falls to a narrow, feeble flow.
“Free” can be costly in Littlefield, Texas
Our next stop in Littlefield, Texas includes a potentially free stay at the Waylon Jennings RV Park. This tidy city park in Waylon Jennings’ hometown has free full hookups and room for 2 big rigs. When we arrive, one of the sites is already occupied by what appears to be a permanent resident. That camper is parked backward in the site and is hooked to the utilities for the only other big rig site. We are able to hook up to water and 30 amp service though which is plenty fine for one night.
Our free site becomes costly in the morning when we snag our spare trailer tire on one of the steel pipe soldiers guarding the site perimeter. These silver sentinels form an obstacle course we almost successfully maneuver departing our site. Unfortunately, our tire rim is destroyed when it is abruptly halted by the end post. As a result of this incident, we spend $120 (cost of new tire and rim) for this “free” site. The upside is that we now have a new replacement for our aging 11 year old former spare tire.
A Tour of Route 4
Lonely US highways paralleled by many trains lead us to Albuquerque. Because high winds are predicted here and along our route for the next 2 days, we choose the block wall protected KOA campground in Bernallilo for our stay here. To prevent any wind related mis-haps, we plan to hunker down behind the windbreaks and avoid driving the RV against the fuel guzzling, rig toppling 30-50 mph winds.
While here, we take the Jeep for an enjoyable day trip to Sante Fe via NM Route 4. This road calls to me every time we pass its warning sign on Hwy 550 traveling to or from Albuquerque each year. Route 4 from San Ysidro to Sante Fe winds by the Jemez Historic Site, Valles Caldera National Perserve and through the town of Los Alamos. In Sante Fe, we meet up with Storm’s high school buddy Chip who escorts us on a lively walk through town to Santa Fe Bite for a world Famous Green Chile Cheeseburger.
A Train Video
Photos from Texas to New Mexico