Finally into New Mexico and on to CO

After leaving The Ranch we drove to Albuquerque where we stayed at one of our favorite campgrounds, Enchanted Trails.  We stay here every time we go through Albuquerque.

From Albuquerque we traveled on the 40 to Gallup, NM, where we stayed at the USA Campground.  We have stayed here before and were in a different area than this visit.  The area they put us in this time was kind of close to other rigs.

After leaving Gallup we head to Cortez, CO to visit with Cathy and Charlie, our neighbors at Jojoba.  We stayed here two days and had two great evenings with them.  They built a home here last year and it was beautiful.  While there we stayed at LaMesa RV park.


Because of a huge rock slide just outside Dolores, we had to change our route and went through Dove Creek, the pinto bean capital. We headed to Ridgway State Park, in Ridgway, CO.  It is a really nice park, with pull throughs and views of the lake.  Although the water was down we still were able to see it.  It rained while we were here so I’m sure the lake will be filling us soon

I will post again as we travel through Colorado.


Back in Texas

Well, our trip to the Natchez Trace Trail was cancelled.  In Vidalia, LA we had heavy rains and our Foretravel had 2 leaks so we headed back to Nacogdoches to have Motorhomes of Texas check it out.  We got there on Thursday and they got us in Friday morning.  Found out the problem and fixed the leaks but wanted us to stay over the weekend because they were expecting rain and we could check it out.  The fix worked and we headed out on Monday.

It was good we cancelled the rest of our trip because there was major weather issues in LA and MS.

From there we headed to Fairfield Lake State Park.  This is way off the road but a very nice, quiet Texas State Park.

We headed back to Waco and stayed at North Crest RV Park for 2 days.  We have stayed there before and John really liked it.

From Waco we headed to Lake Brownwood State Park for four days.  It is a really nice Texas State Park right on Lake Brownwood.

We left Lake Brownwood after four days trying to get a head start in front of upcoming storms heading the way we were traveling.

We drove to Midland, and along the way passed through Alto, Texas, where a tornado touched down a few days ago, and it was awful.   We saw a house torn completely down. When we got to Midland, we tried 3 campgrounds and they were all full with oil workers.  So we moved on to Odessa, where we found a campground at $65 a night!!!!!  They had one site for the night and we grabbed it.  That night it rained hard, hailed, thundered, lightning, and the wind blew.  We got a flash flood warning on our phone, and a tornado warning on the radio.  When they said where the tornado touched down, it was right where we had looked for a campground in Midland.

Needless to say, we are anxious to get out of Texas.  So we stayed one night in Odessa and then headed to The Ranch, an Escapees park in Lakewood, NM.

I will post again on our trip through New Mexico.






Nacogdoches and Louisiana

After Xtreme, we went back to Motorhomes of Texas to fix a leak in the slide where they fixed the bladder.  That just took a couple of hours and then we headed across Louisiana, towards Natchez, Mississippi.  We had several people tell us about a campground right on the Mississippi River, and so we decided to try it.

This is a beautiful campground, where we can watch barges go up the great Mississippi River.  The ladies that checked us in were wonderful.  We came figuring we would stay one night and have decided to stay a second night.

The bridge you see in the distance is the one we will take to get to Natchez, Mississippi when we finally leave here.  From there we will take the Natchez Trace Trail through three states – Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.

As I was sitting here writing this, John came to the door and told me to bring my phone.  This is what he wanted me to see.

My next post will be when we are on the Natchez Trace Trail.


Xtreme Paint and Graphics

We left Motorhomes of Texas on Monday and drove to Xtreme Paint and Graphics, which is still in Nacogdoches.  We had a place on our bedroom slide that was delaminating so went there to get it fixed.  Here is a picture of the first step – start filling with fiberglass.

The next step is to cover the new fiberglass with primer.

IMG_0813After this prep they wrap the whole area with plastic and start the paint process, which is many steps.

IMG_0815We had intended to be here in Nacogdoches for one week but when we had to get this area fixed so the week led into two weeks and we hope to leave after this weekend.

Xtreme Paint and Graphics works hand in hand with Foretravel and Motorhomes of Texas.  It is an amazing paint shop that takes so much time on each job.

The painter finished his cutting in and painting on Thursday evening.  We then spent the night in the paint building.  The next morning the painter buffed out the area and the slide was a perfect match in design and color.  I can’t say enough about the quality of work done by these guys.  They work on all kinds of motor vehicles, from repairs to full repaint.  Right now they have a King Aire and the owner wants their trailer painted just like the King Aire.

Now we are back at Motorhomes of Texas to have them check a small leak and with any luck we will be heading through Louisiana on Monday, towards Natchez Trace Trail.