Today we are here at Indian Creek Recreation area near Alexandria, Louisiana. We have a nice concrete level site with opening to the southern sky so the satellite dish works. It couldn’t get much better except we are a long way from a place to buy a newspaper. It’s not that there are no nearby stores. It’s just that newspapers aren’t very popular in this part of the country. Enough on that subject. We are in the middle of a beautiful pine forest and the weather is fine today. Our travels north are kind of stalled because it keeps snowing up there. We left Palmdale on March 29 and enjoyed several days traveling, finding good places to stay easily. Three days at San Luis Pass County Park where we did a little crabbing and fishing were a highlight. It’s not that we haven’t had challenges along the way.
Our first stop in Corpus Christi was to get our oil changed and a new pan gasket at the Freightliner Service Center. We had the rig there at 7:00 AM so they could have plenty of time. Well, they were busy and it was Friday and they appeared to be having some kind of staff celebration that day and we did all we could think of to do in town and came back about 2:00 PM. The rig was still in the parking lot. Don went in to check on it and they made excuses but soon it was in the shop. At about 5:00 we went back and they said that there was another part that was needed because there was an additional gasket that needed to be ordered. So, they spent an hour coming up with an estimate and said they “might” be able to do it the next day. We took our estimate and headed down the road. We should be able to find a place in Minneapolis to get the work done if it ever stops snowing up there. The leak is not bad enough to require immediate attention. We haven’t needed to add any oil in the year since the last oil change.
After we left San Luis Pass, we headed to the southern suburbs of Houston where we could get some shopping done, do laundry and make granola. Besides, there was bad weather in the forecast and we thought it better to be away from the coast. We stayed at Safari Mobile Home and RV Park by League City, Texas. It was challenging to get by the road construction but once we got in, it was a good place to stay. We stayed an extra day there to fix one of our slideouts that got hung up on the passenger seat when we attempted to extend it. Once more, Don came through and was able to make the repair quite easily with the purchase of a bolt at Home Depot. This was only after figuring out that we weren’t going to get any kind of service for 3 or 4 weeks.
This trip is turning out to be kind of tutorial on RVing. Following is Don’s description of our departure from Texas that he posted on Facebook. It deserves to also be published here on this blog.
RVing on Steroids by Don Ruff 4/10/18
Yesterday morning was our last in Texas for the winter. The weather up north is still cold. We went in search of good Cajun food in Louisiana. Judy and I love Cajun. The thirty miles from Beaumont to the Louisiana border were some of the worst roads we have been on during our years of travel. When we finally stopped for the first time of the day, Judy went back to the back of the camper and found that things had found new homes. Thankfully, nothing broke.
We stopped at a campground for the night. There was no camp host there, with recent rains, the ground was soft and we feared the rig would sink in, so we moved on. Next was a Walmart….terra firma there. We were then told that no overnight camping was allowed. We remembered an RV park back a few miles. We took the first left we could to a turnaround. The road quickly became very narrow. A sign on the road said no vehicles over three tons. At 23 tons, I could see us breaking a local bridge and be liable. There was no place to turnaround, so we went on….I was very mindful of possible hazards. We finally were able to flag down a local traveler. They said there were no bridges, and if we stayed on the road, we would come out at the highway. Tragedy avoided.
We made it to the RV park. We were met by the owner. He said he had one site that may fit us….but a rig that size, he would have to charge us $25….no less than that. I took a ride with him to view the site and he realized it was not good. He thought we would sink to our axle in the soft ground. We decided to move on. He had no turnaround in the park, so we had to unhook the car and back out of the campground. On to the next town.
Leesburg also has a Walmart Supercenter. We stopped there and were again told they offer no overnights. We again went back about five miles in the car to a campground we had passed. The car scraped bottom going into the grounds, and we could not see a level site, so we moved on.
We located another RV park just north of town. We called and they had a site available that would fit us. As we started out of town, we were met with large signs of a low clearance viaduct. Clearance was the same height of the camper. Once again, we stopped to find an alternative route. We went to the Sonic across the street. We were met by a guy on roller skates, about 21 years old, about six foot five, 250 lbs., full beard, and very large boobs. I assumed he was midway through his sex change. (not that there is anything wrong with that). We got our new routing that included a 30 minute wait for a freight train.
We ended up at the Shady Lake RV resort. It was built on a hill, so the ground was not soft, but leveling was difficult. We asked the lady where the good restaurants were. She recommended D &D Steakhouse. I asked if there were any good Cajun food around. She said yes, but that restaurant was closed on Sunday. We stayed in the camper and had canned chicken sandwiches and Tomato soup along with a bottle of 2-buck-chuck for ambiance.
I want to take this time to pause for a minute and appreciate my amazing husband who can fix things, drive this rig through all kinds of challenging places, and can write. I don't think I always appreciate how lucky I am.
So here is where we’ve been since we left Palmdale…
3/29/18 – Wall Mart, US Hwy 77, Corpus Christi, TX
3/30/18 – Wall Mart, Rockport, TX
3/31-4/2/18 – San Luis Pass County Park, Freeport, TX
4/3/18-4/5/18 – Safari RV Park, League City, TX
4/6-4/7/18 - Gulf Shores RV Park, Beaumont, TX
4/8/18 - Shady Acres RV Park, Leesville, LA
4/9-4/10/18 - Indian Creek Recreation Area, Woodworth, LA