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Old 03-09-2016, 08:13 AM   #31
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Picture from our hotel the day of our PDI.

I love to see snow. Us southern folk do not get that privilege very often.
Some of us were 'privileged' with snow for many decades... and moved south.
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Old 03-09-2016, 10:54 AM   #32
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I have made it home safe. The weather got nasty the night before our PDI and turned to rain and sleet by lunch. It was still in the high 20's when we left but the main roads were in good shape and no ice on the road. The sun had come out and the melting ice was a concern for a green horn to these changing conditions. But, I was assured by the locals that the roads were good and there was no ice. They were right.

It was late in the afternoon when I pulled out from the dealer but made it to near Effingham by dark. No water at the campground but with the temperatures in the teens and snow starting to fall, having electricity and some internet service was a welcome site.

It was about 3 inches deep by morning but the snow had stopped and it was a beautiful site for someone like me who does not get to see snow often.

Once again, I was assured the roads were good and I left at sun up to get out of the bad weather.

The furnace worked great and so did the fireplace and electric space heater I brought along.

The rest of the trip was never threatened by weather and I camped in Elgin, near Austin to visit with a girl friend and I thoroughly enjoyed the TT. Everything worked flawlessly and I was glad the experience had been predetermined.

The folks on this forum told me what to expect and that made it far less stressful and upsetting. Thanks again for everyone's advice and input. It was a great help and truly appreciated.
Happy all worked out for your pickup and trip home. Picked my White Hawk up there a couple years ago but just had to get back to the KY/TN border. Thanks for your advice and help with planning our trip to Texas. We got home on Sat after a call that a friend had died. 85 and failing so not unexpected but very good friends and wanted to get back for the funeral. We loved Texas and will probably head back next January. Our favorite CG was INks Lake SP and had site 92 with water on 2 sides. Stayed for 9 days and visited Fredricksburg and nearby stuff.

Anyone driving N/S from Midwest to New Orleans or Tex, I would recommend the Natchez Trace. Runs from just south of Nashville Tn all the way to Natchez Miss. 50 mph speed limit but virtually no traffic and many pull outs along the way for potty stops and lunch. Several CG's too and the NP CG's are no fee. Nice paved sites with modern bathrooms but no hookups. Found we made about the same mileage for the 2 days on the Trace since the stops are so quick with no need to take an exit and find a place to park. Arrived fresh and rested after a day of pleasant driving thru the country side with ZERO billboards or big trucks.
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Happy all worked out for your pickup and trip home. Picked my White Hawk up there a couple years ago but just had to get back to the KY/TN border. Thanks for your advice and help with planning our trip to Texas. We got home on Sat after a call that a friend had died. 85 and failing so not unexpected but very good friends and wanted to get back for the funeral. We loved Texas and will probably head back next January. Our favorite CG was INks Lake SP and had site 92 with water on 2 sides. Stayed for 9 days and visited Fredricksburg and nearby stuff.

Anyone driving N/S from Midwest to New Orleans or Tex, I would recommend the Natchez Trace. Runs from just south of Nashville Tn all the way to Natchez Miss. 50 mph speed limit but virtually no traffic and many pull outs along the way for potty stops and lunch. Several CG's too and the NP CG's are no fee. Nice paved sites with modern bathrooms but no hookups. Found we made about the same mileage for the 2 days on the Trace since the stops are so quick with no need to take an exit and find a place to park. Arrived fresh and rested after a day of pleasant driving thru the country side with ZERO billboards or big trucks.
Glad you enjoyed your visit to Texas and that you will be coming back. Its a large state so it will take several visits to see it all.

I am glad you liked your camp site. Nice to have a water feature near by. Something about water and a camp fire. Just seem right.

The Naches is a great route if you are heading through that area. I thought about taking it but it was just a little too far out of the way and I did not have as much time on my return as I would have liked.

Rest areas are important and when you are tired, they are a welcome site. Trying to find a truck stop or grocery store with a large parking lot can be tricky and can take some head scratching to get in and out if you do not plan ahead.

Sorry to hear about the death of your close friend. I am sure his family appreciated your presence at the funeral.

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