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Posted Oct 1, 12:49 PM


I kept the speed down to between below 50mph and felt comfortable driving at this speed.
About 10 miles out I discovered a truck stop filling station and I decided to fill up with diesel, I knew it only needed topping up and it’s best to do it at a truck stop as space is plentiful. This one even had scales so after filling up we decided to have the truck and rig weighed. I was very pleasantly pleased to see that we were under our limit and seemed to be well balanced, seems my many years of caravaning in England and Australia has paid off.


At long last after many frustrating weeks we left Livingston for Victoria still in Texas. The main reason for the delay was parts not being fitted as asked for and incorrect parts being sent despite all correct information being supplied. So all in all most frustrating, almost everything we had fitted caused problems even the new extended electric mirrors, the installer pinched a wire causing fuses to be blown.
Eventually we set off I had planned to leave Rainbows End by around 8am call in to Joel West’s place pay the account and then have new tyres fitted. Well it was after 10am before we left Rainbows End.
New tyres fitted all fitted inside 30 minutes and we entered the freeway of 59.
I kept the speed down to between below 50mph and felt comfortable driving at this speed.
About 10 miles out I discovered a truck stop filling station and I decided to fill up with diesel, I knew it only needed topping up and it’s best to do it at a truck stop as space is plentiful. This one even had scales so after filling up we decided to have the truck and rig weighed. I was very pleasantly pleased to see that we were under our limit and seemed to be well balanced, seems my many years of caravaning in England and Australia has paid off.
We set off and I was hoping for a quiet run through Houston but we hit the centre of Houston at around 2pm. The road lanes got narrower and narrower and the traffic got more dense, we needed to keep on 59 but roads kept on veering off and I needed to be in the correct lane as other wise I would be in a left lane that ended, not a good one.
I managed to always guess ahead of me the correct lane and only had one silly guy try and cut me off, maybe he was having a bad hair day and my 45mph was too slow for him.
We needed to give Sammy a pee break and also give ourselves a break, stretch legs and also a bathroom stop.
I looked for a stop that would give Sammy a grassed area but unable to see one at a place where we could pull off the road in safety.
Eventually I said oh what the heck let’s take a gamble at the next shopping area and it paid off as it had a large parking area and a grassed area for him to stretch his legs. In the Walmart I purchased two sandwiches and tried to buy cold water in containers. Cold water in containers you kidding, you can have any flavour you want but ordinary plain water, no only warm non chilled water was available. Second choice was Unsweetened Ice Tea, no not available so sweetened tea it was to be.
The sandwiches must have been a week old but they filled a hole.
At around 5pm we arrived in Victoria and were greeted by Erik and Tania the owners.
We were allocated a back in space and it was very, very tight and I was glad that we had the extended pin and also the slider plate as I needed both. I know know that the truck can go sideways to the 5th wheel without popping out the rear window as happened in Livingston.
After we leveled off and had the slides out, the AC on it was time to rest and relax, as the next day we start our Camp Host training, more about that in another of Robert’s ramblings.
See you and cheers, thanks for dropping by.


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