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Adios North Texas

Loaded to the gills and ready for West Texas

Today is the day. We are getting out of North Texas and heading for Terlingua, TX –621 miles away. One of the things I like about Texas is the Farm to Market road system they started back in the early 70’s. You can turn down just about any FM road in Texas and be confident it is a decent road. Our entire route will be on FM roads and state highways with the exception of 12 miles on the 10 down by Ft Stockton. I like it that way, it is not as tough on the Old Girl either.

The better part of yesterday – before it turned into a blistering cauldron and went down in the weather books as the 30th straight day of 100 degree temps — was spent packing, sorting, putting away and fixin’ stuff.   As usual, the Suburban will be hitched behind the Old Girl and it is packed full o’ stuff that is destined to live at Terlingua.  I saved the most dreaded job of the year until Miss K was up and conscious.  I needed to change both fuel filters on the 5.9 liter Cummins diesel that puts the Old Girl down the road.  I have not always completed that task successfully and when it goes bad it is UGLY.  It is easy to get too much air in the fuel lines when you change the fuel filters and every engine seems to have its’ own set of quirks when it comes to this.  The time it went bad I spent 18 hours in a very remote part of Deep East Texas working really hard to get the RV out of there.    Goes without saying I breathed a sigh of relief when the engine roared to life with fresh fuel filters in place.

The hazards of traveling a rough road.

James and his wife are scheduled to be here by around 9am to do the swap out.  Proper gate guard etiquette for this event is for us to be packed up and ready to go by the time he gets here in his fiver.  Hopefully,  we will have the Old Girl pulled out of the slot and pointed out the gate by the time he arrives.  The longer you stay in one place the more it starts to resemble a homestead.  All I can say is thank goodness for the Desert Tan Baby.  A storage trailer has definitely come in handy.   When James gets here, we will stay as long as necessary to get his hook ups in place and get him up to speed on the gate.   Usually the guys busy them selves with the stuff related to getting the recreational vehicle parked and set up correctly and the women yap and compare notes on the real reason we are both here and what we are getting paid for  — oil field security guards.   One other remaining task is to repair the broken driving light on the Suburban.  The 4 miles of nearly impassable gravel road managed to break the bracket coming back from the storage room Saturday.  I am hoping  good dose of JB Weld fixes that problem.  Damned if it ain’t always something.

Plans are to spend at least the first 2 nights in a minimal FHU location at a motel north of Terlingua.  The sites are $22/night and that equals about 10 hrs of run time cost on the Generac propane generator on board the RV.   We will have to see if it is cooling off enough out there at night to sleep without the benefit of air conditioning.  I really hope we can boondock on the property for the entire time.  Miss Kathy is alot tougher at that than I am so we shall see.   The last HEB grocery store going west on our route is in Abilene.  Plans are to try and make it that far today and stock up on supplies.  Grocery stores are pretty sparse where we are going with a limited inventory and much higher prices.

 

 

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3 comments to Adios North Texas

  • I ment to stop by and say adios this morning. Tuco was lounging out front but I was kinda in a hurry. It’s been 2 weeks since I have been to the north lease. You guys must have some pull with the county, the way they fixed up the roads just for your departure. haha It was like a ghost town out there. You all have a great trip. Maybe it will snow while you are gone. Mike

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  • don

    Have a safe trip. I’ll be looking forward to your return to ‘civilization’ as we call it!

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  • Herb

    There is a feeling of relief when I turn South on 118 in Alpine. The mystique of Terlingua is in my blood. I am looking for a place there to base. Until then I will be searching for single gate guard positions. There is no place on earth like the Trans-Pecos area. I’m finished with the rat race the end of the year. I’ve got the TT and truck almost set up. January will find me full timing West of I-35 and South of I-20.

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