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Friday, April 19, 2013

Waltz across Texas

Like the rest of the US we are sitting here in El Reno, OK watching TV. Can never begin to understand people like that. We are also waiting for a mechanic to come this morning to check the brakes. He will be here after he gets delivery of hopefully the brake pads we need. If he gets here and can do the repair in time we will continue on our way. Had planned on getting to Joplin today….. If not we will stay here until tomorrow. Plans made in jello as always. Bill’s back seems to be a little better this morning. Still sore but not painful.
The sky is clear and the sun is up. It got below freezing here last night. Good day to travel I hope. 
So back to yesterday. We left Tucumcari and stopped just up the highway a ways at Russell’s Truck Stop. I had read about it in a blog I follow and wanted to stop there. It was well worth the stop. Not only was breakfast in the diner delicious the place is interesting. The diner part.
In the travel center – this is the entrance into the restrooms. Elvis on one side Marilyn in her iconic white dress on the other
There is also a classic car museum. OMG! I want them. Everything from 1929 Roadster Coupe to a 2007 Shelby Cobra. Just a couple of pictures of a few cars. A 1958 Ford Fairlane Skyliner.
Don’t know what this is but it was really red with lots of chrome.
1958 Chevy Impala and a 1954 Belaire
Another picture of the Belaire 2 door hardtop.  Check out all the stuff in the background. Too much to see in one stop.
An Elvis doll.
A Roy Rogers display.
Our friends from Canada stopped there too and we visited again for awhile. On our way again. Just a couple of miles and we were crossing into Texas.
Just a shot out the window of a portion of a small town we passed through.
Catching up to and passing our friends. They are hauling a load – truck, 5th wheel and pulling a trailer. They are headed back to Nova Scotia where they own a campground.
Continued on through Texas where the wind started to pick up. I’ve taken so many pictures of the ride through Texas of the huge cross in Groom and the leaning water just down the road and already posted them several time. So no pictures of Texas – Entering Oklahoma – another state closer to home.
We stopped at a Flying J to fill up and who did we see there? Our friends stopping for lunch. They planned to drive for several more hours.
The red dirt of Oklahoma was really prominent yesterday. Don’t ever remember it being this red. Maybe it’s because the grass and bushes were so green.
Lots of farm fields were filled with new crops – lots and lots of green. The wind was still picking up strength so we decided to call it a day at the KOA near El Reno, Oklahoma. We’ve stayed here before. For a KOA it is inexpensive $31.50 a night. Long pull throughs with WiFi and cable TV. Also in a small depression so we were protected from the wind. Just up the hill is the Cherokees Trading Post and a restaurant and gas station. We’re about 35 miles west of Oklahoma City.
After parking we got info from the main office about mechanics so Bill started making calls looking for someone who would come out to the campground to check the brakes. Finally found someone and as I said they will be here sometime this morning. So now we sit and wait. 


  1. Your photos make me want to hop in the car and GO!

  2. Just east of Oklahoma City is a new casino called the Grand Fire Lake Casino. We stayed the night there. You can stay for free if you get one of their member cards (also free). They then gave us $20 to play with and a $5 off coupon for their buffet. We came out ahead on that stop. LOL Is the Russell Truck Stop in El Reno? We must check that one out. We go to Amarillo often.

  3. Carol and Bill,
    Wow! It's a long way to Indiana! And....you are so far away from Mexico!

    Meanwhile, back in Home Camp near Tequisquiapan, I continue to reach for the stars with my Psyche Studies!

    Tu amigo,