Saturday, November 19, 2022

On the Road TEXAS!

Breaux Bridge, LA., Cajun Palms RV Resort.  Site: 416

We left Elkhart this week on Thursday...We left this (on the left) and temperatures in the twenties....We have a four season rig, they say. It's a Jayco Pinnacle. It's suppose to withstand temperatures in the twenties down into the teens. It has insulated windows. It has heated underneath bays.  However, the water hoses can still freeze unless you have a heat tape hose leading into the rig. those are very expensive. We don't have one so we unhooked our water hose several nights in a row and used water from our onboard water tank. We sure tested all that out while we waited for Eldy's glasses to come in and Sparky's last eye appointments. Temperatures dropped nightly into the twenties and rarely got up past the freezing mark for a few days straight. Sparky enjoyed the snow thoroughly!

Here's what the slide outs looked like partially cleared, from a view on a ladder.

We thought we'd have problems with slide outs not wanting to come in and jacks not wanting to go up, but nope. We had a problem with the hitch mechanism in the truck. It froze partially and we could not get it to connect properly even after three tries, and trying to wiggle the ice out of it. 

To the rescue, Eldy's son, Brian. He got out his mini blowtorch and warmed up the metal hitch levers and then the rig popped right into place onto the hitch! Off we went.....Eldy hopes he doesn't see this again for a VERY long time.
Thursday night we landed in Diamond Caverns RV park in the dark, after over 350 miles of driving. It gets dark EARLY in Kentucky, around 4:30 their time, so we had to unhitch in the dark. Luckily, a nice park employee was on duty till fairly late in the evening, and he guided us into our spot. It's very disconcerting at night driving the RV into a park with trees and picnic tables every which way. We were very glad to have his help. And fortunately, our unhooking went uneventfully well.

Off we went the next morning and drove over 360 miles (Eldy reminds me HE drove, haha--he always does), to one of our favorite corps of engineer parks in Alabama, along the I-65 corridor, Gunter Hill. It's a beautiful campground with huge, spacious long concrete cement pads, nice fire pits and a large picnic area for each site. We scored a site backing up to the river leading to the Alabama Lakes corridor. Once again, we arrived after sunset and rapidly approaching dark. We really need to get better flashlights or one of those headlamp headbands, lol! Here's our view out our living room window the next morning, through the screen.

Those river back in sites are really difficult to get! After seeing how beautiful it was, we decided, hey, let's let Eldy take a break from driving and we will stay two nights. Nope--holiday week...the park was almost completely full so we couldn't nab another night without hooking up and moving to another spot. But isn't this a beautiful site? Such a contrast from Indiana, which by the way, is under a snowstorm advisory once again, and was in the TEENS for the Notre Dame football game today. Yikes!

Site 13 Catoma Loop

So regretfully, off we went again this morning.....Our goal was to drive 425 miles, a long haul for Eldy, but he can do it! to get to Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, where we have stayed at the Cajun Palms RV resort before. It's a very nice park but the concrete sites have poor drainage in many sections of the park. The rains drain off the grass edges and run onto the concrete pad. It rained most of the way there on our drive and was coming down hard when we arrived. Ugh. Hooking up in the rain is not fun. The first site we were given was flooded so we had to pick another site. All sites are concrete, they have a large pool/entertainment area, and in the summer time, it's super enjoyable and a very nice park. Staff is friendly and helpful, and since it's a newer park, all sites are 50 amp full hookup, as far as we know. The sites are not all that long however, and our 41 foot rig took up the whole concrete pad with no room to park the truck so we had to park in the spot next to us for one night. Time for Saturday night football and popcorn for a very tired driver!

Tomorrow is Sunday. We have a shorter drive of 261 miles to go to get to Lake Conroe, TX, where Sparky's daughter and grandson live in the area. We will rest our rig and ourselves for the next 2.5 weeks and spend some time visiting with family before heading out farther into Texas with our goal of eventually wintering in Arizona.

We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.....

Some of Eldy's family and his grandchildren



  1. Isn't it so lovely to have those well known campgrounds for travel days. 425 miles IS a long, long travel day for sure. Continue traveling safely. . .that's all that matters!

    1. We made it to the Houston area...yay!

  2. Nice to get out of the deep freeze. How long will you be in Arizona? Will you return to Texas? We will be in Texas for a month from late February

  3. We will be in Arizona from January thru early March then back thru Texas after that, we think!

  4. Snow??? NOPE! Drives more than 200 miles? NOPE! Over 400 miles? NOT A CHANCE! Coming in after dark? NOPE! Don't know how you two do it. Love your site at Gunter Hill. Sorry you couldn't stay longer. Eldy looks like a slim Santa. Nice beard!

  5. We don't make a habit of long, dark days nor traveling when there has been snow. Eldy seldom drives that many miles. we had to get out of cold temperatures so a long day was necessary. (We were delayed leaving the area because of my eye problems but did get out of there on dry roads.)