As soon as we got the call, from Shawn, yesterday we started putting things away and prepping to pull out this morning. I got most everything taken care of inside the coach and Michael did all that he could do too.
We had shows recording last night so Michael left the satellite dish up to take down this morning. He also needed to take care of the sewer and water hoses, take down the internet booster antenna and unhook the ‘bell system’ and remove the bells from inside the house.
My internal alarm went off at just after 5:00 am although I had set my alarm for 6:00 am while Michael slept until 7:00 am. We had absolutely NO traffic after 11:30 pm so we enjoyed a full nights uninterrupted sleep…which was great!
Michael had moved the truck into place so that we could easily hitch up when the time came, which we did about 8:45 am. Shawn arrived about 8:50 am to pick up the ‘lifeline trailers’ and we pulled out off the pad at 9:02 am.
We opted to take tackle the 2.5 mile crazy road to 117 rather than go north 8 miles to US 57 which would have added 20 miles to our 54 mile trek to the yard in Carrizo Springs. The only reason we decided to go that route was because Shawn told us that the road was actually in pretty good shape and we should have no problem.
Thankfully, he was right and the road wasn’t too bad…much better than Michael’s seen it…although it still took us 16 minutes to drive 2.5 miles as Michael was very cautious!
It took us about an hour and a half to get to Carrizo Springs and as we were passing through town we happened upon a car wash that we could fit the coach in so Michael swung in and squirted off both the coach and truck. The coach wasn’t too bad but the truck was in dire need.
We met the guard (Lupe) who was on the gate just to our south in the yard and chatted for a bit. He lives in McAllen and was parking his trailer and then heading that way for a few days of rest – he gate guards ALONE and only gets away once a month to go for groceries. He had almost 2 dozen eggs and a full container or Orange juice that he passed on to us before he headed out. Nice.
After getting settled into our spot in the yard we ventured into Carrizo to do some grocery shopping and get some lunch. Dining out isn’t something we get to do together at all while we’re on a gate so we really enjoy being able to do it while in between gates. I’d already planned to go into Pearsall to do my shopping today so we just adapted those plans to include both of us going into town and enjoying lunch together in Carrizo Springs!
We had lunch at Miguelito’s and were VERY happy with our choice. Michael ordered chicken enchiladas and I had the ground beef chimichanga…oh.my.goodness! Very, Very good. Our server was very attentive and friendly and we will definitely go back given the chance.
We stopped at both Walmart and HEB to pick up various items. Both stores are small but had a nice selection of items and we had no problem finding everything on my list.
While out we also stopped and filled up the truck with diesel as it was $1.99 per gallon. Love those prices but hate those prices. For those of us with ties to the oil field it hits home as to how badly those low prices are hitting the oil field and any businesses/people who make a living from the industry.
We got home about 3:30 pm and were both pooped and ready to relax for the rest of the day. I put away the perishables and the rest will wait until tomorrow. Gonna be an early night, I suspect.