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Old 04-28-2013, 05:21 AM   #1
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Mom and Dad Ride the Texas Hill Country

You guessed it. Mom and Dad went riding in Texas and all I got was this t-shirt:



My parents asked me to share their story (Mom is tired and Dad is too lazy to type). This is a story about 2 old people on their first RV adventure, and their trip to Texas Hill Country.

The story starts with Mom and Dad getting ever closer to retirement age. Their retirement plan is to travel a lot, and they believe that the RV lifestyle could be a great way to accomplish their goal. It was funny watching them shop for a RV. First they wanted a bus with a motorcycle trailer, then they looked at class C toyhaulers, finally, after shopping for more than a year, they settled on a pickup and a 5th wheel toyhauler.

My parents bought this pickup 2 months ago:



Three weeks ago they spent my college money on this:



To keep you hard core riders from getting too bored, here is a bike ride pic:

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Old 04-28-2013, 05:37 AM   #2
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More Reasons

Mom and Dad are dopey about their dogs. While they treat the dogs like they are kings, they insist that I look for a job and another place to live. Heck, the whole reason for the RV was so they could take the dogs with them on their trips.

Meet Jack (AKA Whack-Whack) and Buttercup:


Stuck in the toyhauler garage:


Buttercup is astounded by the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge:


Can't get on the couch:


Bored on I-65 in Alabama


Worn out after guarding the toyhauler while Mom and Dad ride:


Ride pic:
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:11 AM   #3
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The Start of the Trip

I was worried about Mom and Dad driving the truck and trailer. Neither one of them had any experience for that kind of thing. They practiced hooking up and unhooking the trailer in the back yard. The Sunday before they left, they took a short test ride around the neighborhood. Dad said he was going to travel I-20, I-85, I-65, I-10 to Junction. Mom wanted to know if there were any casinos along the way.

They left early on Friday and drove 600 miles to get to the Imperial Palace Casino in Biloxi, MS. The IP offered free parking for RVs. This excited Dad so much (he is really thrifty) that he didn't even think about Mom going to the casino. As it turned out, Mom finished ahead of the house (for once).

The second day found them in the traffic of Baton Rouge, stuck behind several "wide load" tucks, while crossing the Mississippi.



The 2nd night of camping in the Hidden lakes RV Park, Beaumont, TX (dad had to pay for this):


Houston:


Your tax dollars at work:


Junction, TX!


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Old 04-28-2013, 08:15 AM   #4
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Nice! Keep the posts and pics coming, and tell mom and dad to keep on riding!
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:19 AM   #5
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Great so far! Excited for your parents!
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:51 AM   #6
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Finally! Riding

Mom and Dad went to Junction to ride with their friends from the Motorcycle Tourer's Forum. A big crowd turned out but most of the riders were on street bikes. Quinton and Wanda organized the event. Here is a pic of them with Mom as they leave the motel on the first day.



Some of the riders wanted to explore the dirt roads in the area. Klaus planned a route and led this group (sorry about the pic).



All dad can remember is that they went south on 377, rode Hackberry Ranch Rd, rode some of the 3 Sisters, and made it back to Junction. Mom and Dad loved the scenery and the roads. Dad says let the pictures do the talking.



Mom says she did the crossing but she was scared




Le Mom





Le Dad










Dad says the lunch they had at the Country Smokehouse in Camp Wood was the best of the trip!
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:03 AM   #7
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:11 PM   #8
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More riding

Sorry to take so long between posts. Dad is playing shuffleboard and doesn't want to be bothered. Anyway, there was more riding on the second day. Mom didn't go - she wanted to shop.

Dad took this pic at the gas station in Junction:



The guys went west on I-10 for 29 miles, then started riding a bunch of ranch roads. Dad says he saw a lot of bump gates. Some of the Texas guys told him how the gates worked (bump it open and then hold it). Dad had to try one. The gate opened OK, but Dad said he almost got knocked over trying to hold the gate open.

Dad was surprised that Hill Country was so rocky:




This was supposed to be a county road and the gate was locked:


View up the fence line from the locked gate:


Big Don thought that there might be a key hidden somewhere near the locked gate. He picked up the round concrete thingy seen in this pic to check for a key. A lizard jumped out from under the concrete.. Judging from how high Don jumped, I believe he thought he had found a snake.


Dad said he couldn't tell if this farm was prosperous (or not).


Baby Longhorn


Dad said the last dirt road they wanted to ride was blocked too. The group ended up all the way down to Bracketville, 100 miles from Junction. Dad said it was a spirited ride back to the campground.

One more thing. Dad said he saw a Zebra. Dad said the group was going to fast for him to stop and take a picture. Dad says nobody else in the group saw the Zebra. I can't believe what he is telling me. Is Dad pulling my leg?
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:28 AM   #9
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Day 3

Mom and Dad didn't ride on day 3. They said it was cold and windy, plus there was a threat of rain. Mom said they fooled around the campground (I shudder to think what that means) and then went sightseeing in the truck. Dad took a few pics - he always does.

One of Dad's friends was there with a school bus converted to an RV.


The conversion work on the RV/bus was first class. The back porch has a grill and a 20Kv generator. Mike, who did the work himself, has a sense of humor like Dad's. Mike named the RV/bus "PBRV" for Poor Boy's RV. The bus number is 69.



Dad was sure the inside would be 100% man cave stuff.


This is the beach at the North Llano River Campground


After exploring the campground, Dad went RV shopping.


Dad also mentioned that there was a electrical transmission line under construction along I-10. Near the campground, they wear placing marker balls on the top line, using a helicopter with two guys standing out on the skids.


Supper was a group meal at Cooper's BBQ. The place looked nice, but Dad wasn't impressed. Dad said his Chopped Brisket sandwich was just like the Sloppy Joe's his Mom used to fix. Dad says South Carolina BBQ is MUCH better.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:38 AM   #10
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I didn't see the Zebra but did catch a glimpse of Big Foot!

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Are those catfish heads hanging on the fence in front of the RV?
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:33 AM   #12
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:59 AM   #13
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Time to go home

Dad said they left Junction the next morning. Mom and Dad both said the the North Llano River RV Park was a great place to stay. Here is a picture of my inheritance as they pulled out that morning:


Dad took a couple more pictures on their way home.

Picture off of the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge:


Mississippi River


Dad told me three funny camper stories. The first one was about trying to get diesel fuel at a BP Station in Alabama. Their truck and camper just wouldn't fit near the pump. Dad said they spent 15 minutes backing and pulling forward, completely blocking the lot, before he gave up, backed out without buying a thing, and went across the street. Another story was about Dad showing mom how to dump the black water tank. Dad forgot to pull out the plug on his nifty little sewer hose, so when he opened the valve, the soup did not go down the drain. Mom was really giggling when she repeated Dad's first words after he realized the poop was still in the pipe. Dad said, "Honey, go get some gloves." The third story was about an RV park. Mom and Dad intended to spend their first night on the way home near Sulphur, LA. Mom found a RV park in the Good Sam directory that rated all 10s. When they stopped, Dad noticed the place looked full. Mom got out to walk the dogs while Dad went inside the office to see if there was a camping spot available. Inside the office, Dad found 10 or 12 purple haired ladies playing cards. The gals were very excited to see Dad, and were telling him how great the community was. Dad was getting nervous. Turns out that nearly all of the residents of 12 Oaks RV Park are permanent, and everyone Dad saw was over 70. Dad said he was relieved to find out that the park was full and he and Mom could leave. Dad said it is normally nice being a Chick Magnet, but maybe not at the 12 Oaks RV park.


Dad, being clever like he is, had fixed a place to dump the camper tanks at home. This last picture I would call "Men at Work".
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:59 PM   #14
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Met your mom and dad

I happened to be in junction the same time as your parents. We visited and rode together for two days. Had a good time. I told them to keep spending your inheritance. It's a lot of fun!
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