I have to apologize for being tardy getting blog posts done. We seem to have been very busy. That is usually a good thing.
We left Nacogdoches heading west towards Arizona. Texas is very big. I am told it is almost 800 miles from NAC to the western border in a straight line but there are no straight line roads. Se we set off thinking it would be nice to stop in the Texas Hill Country to see what this area was all about. Other folks from NAC were going to be on the Guadalupe River north of New Braunfels so we figured that sounded good. We were a day ahead if ourselves so we looked at options and there is a Corps of Engineering campground about 15 miles from where we were going to end up so we went there.
The Lazy L&L campground is on a big turn in the river. The family that owns the campground owns thousands of acres of ranch land and several miles of river frontage. All of the river frontage is privately owned. There are summer cabins that run from very modest to big “Southfork” like estates. Nothing in the way of zoning controls.
There really are very big hills in the Hill Country. This area was ancient sea bed upthrust by tectonic plate action millions of years ago. It is a fairly large area of hills, at least half the size of Minnesota. Since this area is only 20 miles from New Braunfels and maybe only 50 from San Antonio it is a very popular vacation destination. The RV campsite at the Lazy L$L are all along the river. There are some tent sites as well. In the summer this entire field is said to be filled with some 500 tents on a busy tubing weekend. This campground also has huge covered dance hall with live music on the weekends just to attract more people.
I came across this old bath tub. I am pretty sure that was what it is. Looks a bit nautical at this end. The other was round and sloped. It was about 14 inches wide at the narrow end and about 4-1/2′ long. It was tapered toward the other end but not that much wider. A hundred years ago most people were much smaller than they are today.
It was hilly for a while and then the wide open, very sparse West Texas view. Some distant hills. The on/off ramps are 20-50 miles apart. There are no fences in most places along the sides of the interstate so where ever an on ramp or exit or cross over was needed the ranchers just made one of their own. We could see cattle occasionally but not many. An occasional oil well. Not much going on except traffice going by.
Five weeks after leaving Hastings we are finally leaving Nacogdoches. It has been a long visit but much has been done.
We finally finished at Xtreme this morning. Three weeks and two days. Everything was done last night but they wanted to wait until this morning to reinstall the painted steps and the backup lights to give the new paint a bit more cure time.
Tonight we are having dinner with John and Kathy who have sold their home, bought a motorhome, the first one they have had, sold their cars and are buying another car suitable for towing and are setting off as recently retired full timers. Dough and Amanda, also full timers are joining us as well. We are going to Auntie Pasta’s, a great Italian place that we tried last week and wanted to go back.
We watched a bit of Super Bowl last night. Our neighbors, Amanda and Doug brought chocolate cookies and milk. They are 25 years younger than us and quite chatty and quite fun. All of a sudden it was 2 in the A of M! We were getting up early to get into painting.
The end of this week was a busy one for Rance. He got the new tail/stop and turn light panels installed after making up a new wiring harneses. Basically the same process as the front parts. They are held in place with temporary metal clips and glued in with a structural urethane adhesive. Then the joint is laid up with three layers of fiberglass and left to cure.
In this picture you can se the reddish original body, the black urethane adhesive and the more greenish resin of the new parts and Rance adding layers of fiberglass and rein.