February 14, Valentines Day
Mardi Gras in New Orleans is over and today is Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer, fasting and repentance. It is preceded by Shrove Tuesday and falls on the first day of Lent, the six weeks of penitence before Easter.
Lucky for many of the partiers the season of lent and repentance has begun. There is no coincidence Mardi Gras precedes Ash Wednesday it was planned that way. I’m not sure which came first?
We have been on the road for five and a half months, more than 150 days, about 23 weeks……..I guess Lynda and I are missing our home. We have been full time RVing for almost half a year.
Full time RVing has crossed my mind several times during our incredible journey. Lynda and I have discussed the idea while driving and I must note her reaction was less than positive………a resounding ABSOLUTELY NO WAY IN H _ _ _ is more accurate.
Up to this point in our retirement part time RV travel has been our norm, consisting of heading south from our home in western Canada to the southwest desert for a few months of late winter relief.
Although full-time RVing has crossed my mind, I’m thinking something of a less duration would be more suitable. Maybe full time RVing for a definite period, 6 months, a year or maybe two.
With the idea of periodical trips home to reacquaint with family and friends probably leaving the RV and flying home for a week or two or three. Another thought was to rent out our home or employ a house sitter.
Even though the negotiations have started I will table the discussion for a later date.
Mardi Gras is over and it’s time for us to continue our journey west. We left St Bernard State Park at 8:30 after dumping our tanks at the park entrance.
Slow progress as we headed for I-10 through misty sunshine and New Orleans rush hour. Once on I-10 traffic eased and the pace picked up. The first 100 miles west took us across many miles of bridges over swamps and bayous.
The weather warmed to 80 degrees as we headed west on I-10, our destination today is another ‘Boondocker Welcome’ host Bill and Shirley in Baytown, Texas about 5 hours traveling time and almost half way to our next destination, Floresville, Texas.
Their ‘Boondocker Welcome’ host page explained they offered
I guess no wine until we get parked. Bill and Shirley live on a country road with little traffic so backing in off the road should not be a problem although deep ditches bordered the entrance to their property.
We arrived late afternoon and after a brief welcome by our new hosts we parked our rigs set up camp chairs and enjoyed the warm afternoon sipping wine and discussing our Mardi Gras experience.
Dusk soon arrived as the sun set, dinner and early to bed, a
Thursday, February 15.
We woke up to fog and humid mid 60’s temperatures and low clouds. We bid goodbye to our one-night hosts and pulled onto the country road heading for I-10.
We pulled onto I-10 and heavy west-bound rush hour traffic, stop and go through Huston. Once through the city traffic eased and our speed increased. The landscape changed from flat land to rolling hills and groves of dormant oak trees.
Our destination is Floresville, Texas and another ‘Boondocker Welcome’ host about 250 miles from Baytown. Our plan is to spend two nights on our host’s rural property and visit San Antonio.
The GPS took us west on I-10 and then south west on highway 80 to Floresville. We arrived at our new hosts Gary and Maggie mid-afternoon under sunny skies and mid 70’s temperatures.
It seemed strange to us northerners to see winter looking leafless trees and summer temperatures. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought the trees were dead.
Gary and Maggie live on a large acreage with one RV hookup behind their house. We were able to park single file giving both rigs access to power and water.
We enjoyed a pleasant evening with our informative new hosts soaking up the information and making plans for our following day trip to San Antonio.
My next article -continuing our North American RV Tour west to San Antonio, Texas