A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Welcome to Texas and Our Dilemma


We left Liberal, Kansas and just like that was in the dry scrubland of Oklahoma.  We continued on to the town of Guymon (pop. 12,965) that offered nothing except a Walmart parking lot.  
We ate lunch and got back on the road.
In no time at all we crossed over into Texas.  The parched landscape stretched out all around us.

I had to hoist the sunshade in the window.  Beans was complaining.
The sun was cooking her.

Like Sinbad, she insists on riding in my lap.  
She is too stubborn to move out from the sun beating down upon her.

The wind was hitting us broadside most of the way.  As the day grew on, the wind intensified.  Dust clouded the roadway from time to time.  We were in the “dust bowl” area after all.  Dodging tumbleweeds kept me entertained.  The final ten miles were particularly exciting.

Dumas, Texas (pop. 14,501)

One hundred and twenty miles later we arrived at Texhoma Park in Dumas.
Not really the kind of day we like but we’re in the Texas panhandle and there ain’t much out here.

Tomorrow Sunday is supposed to be even more windy with gusts up to fifty miles-per-hour.
If we get an early start we could be in Amarillo in an hour before it gets bad.  Maybe.
Monday it is to be very cold and rainy.  If we could make it to Lubbock, it will not be as cold.

Or...we stay put.  But as you can see by the sign, you can only stay here for 24 hours.

But its not like they are packing them in here.  We could sit out Sunday’s windstorm at Walmart.  Come Monday when the temperature drops thirty degrees and with a 87% chance of rain, we could come back to the park and plug in to run the heater.  That’s a new 24-hour period, right?

I am leaning towards the last option.  Beans is all for it.  She’s had enough driving for awhile.
Me too.
What would you do?


Terra said...

I think you will make the best choice after consulting with Beans.

Sandi said...

I woild find a nice small town to park and wait it out. I guess that's what you have done!

Sandi said...

I just read Terra's comment about consulting with Beans. I wish I had said that! 🙂 Ask Beans.

Barbara R. said...

If I'd just avoided blowing tumble weeds in a motorhome, I'd sure choose the easiest course of action!

Debby said...

I think you've thoguht it through. Put it up for a vote. If Beans agrees, then you've got a concensus. You're nearly home free!

Kathe said...

First you should have a tea party. When all the food is gone, take a nap. When you wake up all 3 of you can decide. I wouldn't want to have to explain to Beans why she wasn't invited and why there are no leftovers though.

I had a little tea party
this afternoon at three.
'Twas very small,
three guests in all,
Just I, myself and me.

Myself ate up the sandwiches,
While I drank up the tea.
'Twas also I who ate the pie,
And passed the cake to me.

Ellen D. said...

Well, Dumas doesn't make a visitor feel very welcome, does it? Asking you to move on in 24 hours when no one else is around!?! Strange.