Fast Forward to S Llano River

27 03 2011

Hueco Tanks State Park

We’ve just packed up and hit the road after an overnight stay in Van Horn, TX.  Van Horn – that wasn’t in the plan?  Yep, we’ve made a few routing changes.  With our focus on state parks this year, we knew that a potential trade-off would be internet and phone service.  Before leaving Truth or Consequences yesterday we had already discussed the possibility of replacing Davis Mountains State Park (the planned stop tomorrow night) with somewhere else.  Not only were we concerned about access, but Ft. Davis is about 150 miles or so out of the way.  We left T or C about 10am and were in Hueco Tanks State Park around noon.  Hueco Tanks offers WiFi access, but only at the entrance gate.  And, there was no cellular service with either Verizon or T-Mobile in the campsites.  It’s early in the day – we can’t catch up on work without access – we decide to keep heading east.  This will definitely take Davis Mountains out of the plan.

West Texas Sunrise

After rejoining I-10 on the east side of El Paso, our first destination is a RV Park in Sierra Blanca about 2 hours east.  Pulling into Sierra Blanca we find a near ghost town.  The only activity seems to be an Amtrak train rumbling through town.  The RV park, just 1 block off the tracks looks like an abandon RV junk yard.  It doesn’t take us long to get back on I-10!  Our next destination is Van Horn, about another hour east along I-10. There are several RV Parks to choose from, we select the KOA which seems furthest from the highway and train tracks. 

Van Horn KOA

The Van Horn KOA turns out to be a small oasis in the otherwise sparse desert of west Texas.  Very friendly staff, a café (that’s a Kafe in KOA speak), a small store, pool, laundry room and clean showers.  We’re settled into site #D1 about 5pm (we’ve now crossed into Central time) and watch the nearly constant procession of coaches, 5th wheels and travel trailers arriving at the campground. 

Van Horn KOA

The west Texas sunset is beautiful as we enjoy a dinner of grilled chops, fresh broccoli and baked potato.   One of our neighbors is pulling what must be nearly 50’ of combined RV and horse trailer.  Inside are two horses that make the annual trip from Pennsylvania to Arizona in the Fall and back again in the Spring.  Conveniently located next to the campground is a horse boarding stable where the two horses will spend the night.  Having left the Phoenix area around 4am, they must have traveled nearly 550 miles yesterday.  And, they are back at it today, after a pre-dawn departure, headed for the Arkansas/Texas state line – nearly 700 miles to the east.  Texas sure is a big state!

With this route change, we should be in S Llano River this evening – one day ahead of schedule.  More later from  Central Texas.

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