Sunday, February 13, 2011

Catching Up Pecos,TX to Baird, TX

When I left Pecos,TX I had intended to stop in Abilene,TX at a KOA I had stayed at before, but as fate has it, I passed right by it. I drove on to Baird,TX, a total of 266 miles. That was a little more than I had planned, but I knew where to stay, and pulled in at the Baird Motel and RV park. The man at the desk said the water was shut off at some of the sites, and if I needed him to turn it on, let him know. Well, of course the water at my site was off, and I had been without water for a week. There was no way I could walk back to the office, and I thought I had enough in my fresh water holding tank to make it one night. It was very cold and windy, but I left about 9 am and headed for Whitney, thinking I would arrive at the park about 11:00 am. Well, I missed a turn in Meridian, couldn't get turned around, so had to go around through town and finally back on the correct hwy. It was a rough ride, over some really rough rail road tracks, and pot holes. I arrived in Thousand Trails Lake Whitney about 12:00 which is check in time anyway. I lost about an hour, but no big deal. Got a pull through site with 30 amp and begin to set up. First had trouble hooking up the water. TT/N puts a gizmo on their water faucets that lets them drip, and they don't freeze that way. When I tried to put my water connections on, their whole deal fell off.  I tried to fix it, but couldn't. I called the Ranger station, but got their voice mail, left a message. No one showed up in an hour so I called again. Still no one showed up. I got busy setting up, and noticed one of the "foot" pads on the front jack was gone! Nothing there at all. I got some leveling blocks and brought it up to the same height as the other one. I guess when going through that rough rail road and pot hole area something "got" it and it came off. There was no pin, or anything. This is on the opposite side from the step mishap. Got unhooked from the truck, and trying to get things set up inside. I had a lot of trash, so I made a run to the trash can. Thousand Trails wants you to have your trash out before 4 pm. 
While doing that little chore, I stood looking at the water faucet. Now, I have been without water for about a week, and no one has showed up to fix their water. So, I dug out my trusty channel locks, and took their gizmo off and connected my water! Finally, a hot shower and a good meal, clean my kitchen and wash a load of clothes. The next day weather warning about storm coming in. I made it home safe. You think so, well, you would be WRONG!


  1. What a horrible trip this has been for you. I sure hope the rest of your week goes better.

  2. You are going to feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, and say "There's no place like home".

  3. I'd still like to know why you were so upset with the LoWs park in Deming.