Hurry across Texas?

Why do we always just want to hurry across west Texas? We’ve seen many comments on RV social networks, so we know we’re not alone.

As usual, we had no reservations when we entered Texas from Deming, New Mexico. Naturally, the only two big rig-friendly sites at Balmorhea State Park were taken. So, we spent our first night at nearby Saddleback Mountain RV. We were sorry as soon as we handed over the $20. A huge empty lot at the adjoining gas station was much leveler and cleaner. We wondered if the manager saw us eyeballing the lot right then, because she quickly wandered over to take our money. That night we saw several RVs and trucks parked overnight in that lot.

The next night we boon docked at one of our favorite stops on the I-10 route, Schreiner City Park in Junction Texas. Drivers beware, because both my Apple and Google map apps directed us toward an entry route with low trees and a narrow bridge. Sweat less and take the Pilot Station exit, instead, and approach the park on Main Street. There is a three-day maximum stay and no dump, so come in with full water and empty wastewater tanks. Also, there is open space alongside the river near the park entrance, and farther in under a canopy of trees. In a big rig, we chose the open area, and there was just enough room to do a U-turn, with toad attached, so we didn’t have to unhook at all.

The third day we made it to Canyon Lakes for a nice 10-day break. We chose site number 28, one of the few first-come sites, because it was more level and angled for a little afternoon shade. Some shade cloth or a tarp to hang on the beautiful picnic pavilion would have been great, as well. The hot showers were fantastic, the weekend crowds were not.

In a hurry again for an appointment north of Texas, we planned the next leg of our route to skip toll roads in Austin and Tyler. We stayed for the first time at Texas Rose RV Park in Tyler. The assistant manager came out to greet us on Easter Sunday, and she led us into our spot. At first glance we wondered if we’d be able to navigate the park, but it was clear of trees and easy once she demonstrated the layout. There were portable fire pits, nice kettle-style barbecues, a fabulous playground and more that we never saw. They even had coffee and doughnuts in the morning. Mighty hospitable folks there! I hope we can go back for a longer stay when all the roses are blooming.

Here is a map of our route, including a couple cautions, like low trees, and two favorite points of interest: the Devil’s Backbone and a Mega-Super Whole Foods in Austin. I’d appreciate any tips where mapmaking on Google is concerned, BTW.

chain link fence with several makeshift crosses fashioned from scraps and rusty junk
We pulled over into a turnout at Devil’s Backbone, near Canyon Lakes, and made this interesting find. It reminds me of lovers locks on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris.
chain link fence with rusty spur hanging on it
Well, this is Texas, so one should expect to see things like this, right?
makeshift cross on a chain link fence fashioned from iPhone earbuds and the wires attached to them
Well, whatever works!
small pile of rocks with metallic emblems from booze bottles, like a mini distiller's grave?
Hmm. Still thinking about the meaning of this one.

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