We left Big Bend, heading North East (towards Memphis). Along the way we passed thru Midland, TX. Midland is the heart of Oil / Gas in Texas. It is massive, thousands of pump jacks, power lines running everywhere, fuel tanks, fuel tanker trucks, huge refineries. Nothing happens in or near Midland unless it is associated with the Oil industry. Every business along the highway does something oil related. The land is flat, no trees in sight and sandy / dirty. On the north side of Midland, the horizon is filled with Wind turbines and green grass!. It is funny to think of the polar opposites in such close proximity, dirty oil and clean wind power.
Once in Fort Worth, we spent the first time at one of the Walmart’s (there are 7). We purchased a Solar Shower at REI in Nevada, but have been looking for the privacy shelter ever since. (mostly waiting for a Cabela’s). So the next morning we made our way over to Cabela’s. Cabela’s is pretty redneck, but Cabela’s in Texas is mega redneck. Walking into the store, some guy came walking out with a shotgun over his shoulder. There is a “gun check” at the front door of the store were they make sure the guns are not loaded, and put a trigger lock on before you proceed to the hunting section.( for service etc) We found our privacy shelter, and looked around the store and left. We were hungry and wanted to try some country cookin. (chicken and dumplins) We went to a local country restaurant and they “fixed” us lunch. (There were rifles on the wall in the restaurant) In the parking lot we noticed that our trailer fender was just about going to fall off (we had issues in Utah, and did a temporary fix ourselves as we were in the middle of nowhere). We had to remove the fender as it was not going to make it very far. So from here we headed to Camping World to see about some repaires. They were closed, so we decided to spend the night in the parking lot. But first we needed hot water for our shower….. so across the interstate to Walmart for hot water. (those damn auto shut off faucets) After 5 minutes and some weird looks, our shower was full of hot water. (we also picked up a DVD at the Red Box rental) Back to Camping World, set up the privacy shelter in the parking lot and we both had a nice hot shower. Ran the Generator to charge laptop, made dinner and watched the movie (“Chef”, it was excellent) Then went to bed.
Next morning, we left the trailer with them at 8am when they opened and headed into Downtown Dallas. We looked at the Farmers Market, it was average. They say everything is bigger in Texas, and in our few days here, I agree. Especially some massive pumpkins. After leaving the Farmers Market, we walked into the downtown area. After we were tired of walking, and on the recommendation of another RV’er at Camping World we headed over to Riscky’s BBQ in Fort Worth. Texas is famous for BBQ and it was delicious! Then into the Historic Stock Exchange (cows, not money) during the late 1800’s, the Fort Worth Stock Exchange handled 4 million cows which apparently is a big deal to them. (they like to tell people all about it). And what visit to the Stock yards is not complete without a visit to the Cowboy Museum. Then back to pickup the trailer, and its ready to go!!!
Off to hit the open road again tomorrow (still heading towards Memphis)