Tuesday afternoon (April 16) I headed west with my 2 dogs, camera bag stuffed to overflowing, the truck and trailer loaded for any/all events. That night was spent at the Pilot truck stop in Midway, FL. I found that to be better than my usual stop at the same exit. It is pretty new, clean and the spots for RV parking are very level with nice grass nearby for dog walking.
Wednesday I put in a full day’s drive. Entering Mobile, AL, via the bridge I got a nice view of the USS ALabama, a battleship that is on display at the Port of Mobile. I also saw a huge cruise ship at the terminal, quite a difference between the two!
USS Alabama at the Port of Mobile
Then it was on into Louisiana, where I10 takes one over many swamps and a few lakes. I’m always impressed with the engineering involved building the long bridges, not to mention the bravery and urge to discover that the early explorers to the area must have had. It was an overcast day, which made the driving less tiring than full sun would have.
Small view of a vast lake.
I stayed at a small campground in Robert, LA, for the night then headed west and northwest. April 17 When I left the campground it was over 80, and I’d had the AC on during the night. I ran into a low front on the way north and watched the outside temp drop more than 30 degrees in less than an hour. Lots of rain and wind with that front. Camped at a small campground in Leonard, TX, and had the heat on.
Driving through Texas is always interesting for me. I enjoy seeing the old abandoned farms, was fortunate to get a photo of this one with a windmill from the highway. Would be an interesting place to get out and take more photos of under different circumstances but this was all I could manage.
TX farm with windmill
Of course you see oil rigs,
TX oil rig
And trains, long, long trains. The ones with flatcars will have big containers stacked 2 high. The coal trains are long, too. This one had 3 engines at the front and 2 on the rear.
Coal train, rear engines pushing
Friday afternoon at the TX/NM border I caught this photo. Talk about a welcome sign, huh?! Am camped tonight in Tucumcari, NM, in a little campground where they have horse corrals with shelters for those bringing their horses with them. Windy here, can feel the trailer rock a bit every once in a while. Am thinking it is a good thing I have a quality tripod for photos when I am able to get serious about that aspect of the trip.
NM welcomes visitors with style
Saw my first pronghorn antelope of the trip outside Amarillo, that was a good sign to me.