The Longdogs

The Longdogs
Willy, Harley (back center), and Gretchen

All the Way Home Again

We headed out from Burt, MI on Tuesday morning. The sky was overcast and a front with cold rainy weather was headed in as we left. Our first night we stayed at the Walmart in Marshall, IL after braving the rough roads of Indiana. It was plenty cool enough to need a blanket. Just a hint for those of you that use diesel. The price advertised for truckers looks like a better deal but it does not include taxes which run about $.30 per gallon. You are much better off finding a regular gas station you can maneuver around in.

Our second night found us in North Little Rock at a Passport America park, Downtown Riverside RV Park. This park is located on the bank of the Arkansas River right across from downtown Little Rock. It's easy to find and access and you can get the Passport rate of $10.50 for 3 nights per month if you take one of the slots against the seawall. Otherwise, they will still give you a 15% discount for a lot of other organizations. It is a gated gravel parking area with full hookups and no trees but the location and view are just great. There is a pedestrian bridge across the river right next to the park as well as a walking trail. The lights on the bridge change color.

You can see Little Rock right across the river. The Clinton Library is right across there too. This is definitely worth another stop.

Our plan was to spend the next day and night at Hot Springs National Park but when we got up in the morning, it was raining.....again....with rain and thunderstorms predicted for the whole day. So, that ended the Hot Springs trip.....and I was really looking forward to it.

There were a few breaks in the clouds during the day but not many.

This picture isn't very clear but the paint on this truck was so neat. The backend of the truck looks like the front end complete with headlights, grill, and two people looking back over their shoulders like they were backing up.

We ran into some construction but nothing too bad. It appears this work is going to be going on for a long time. Have you ever seen mailboxes attached to construction cones???

A mailman stopping to drop off mail would be very unpopular with the rest of the traffic since it was one lane each way.

This car pulled over for traffic since he was going very, very slow.

We spent our third night at 5 Star RV Resort in Tyler TX. It was anything but 5 star! We drove down a road with trees bent over it in a pouring rain. The rain was so loud we could barely hear the park manager when we called by cellphone. We wanted a pullthrough site and he said just take any open one and we could pay in the morning. The pullthrough sites were grass with a dab of gravel and were flooded so getting stuck was a huge possibility and wading through water was a definite. I found a concrete pad and backed in there. The next morning we saw mostly older trailers and lots of mud. Manager was nice enough, said they weren't really Passport America anymore but honored the price...hmmm, didn't seem to mind taking advantage of Passport advertising. Anyway, 5 star was definitely somebody's pipe dream or the park slid way down the scale.

We were hoping to have a day without rain. As we headed across east Texas, we took the OSR highway. I missed the turnoff to it on my way north.  Loretta discovered that OSR stands for Old San Antonio Road. It runs from I45 to State Highway 190 on the west side of Bryan TX. It is the only Texas state highway with letters.

You get on it near Normangee.

It is somewhat scenic. The Internet says it is a good motorcycle road. We didn't see any but they would find it easier to dodge the rough road.

It was pretty scary every time you saw one of these rough road signs because you had to wonder how much rougher it could actually get.
And then as we headed toward San Marcos on the last stretch of the road home, we got rain again.

Guess what??? The fridge was empty when I got home.

Now, all that is left of the summer trip is laundry and an RV that needs to be cleaned. Until next time.


  1. I think we finally left the rain behind when we left Indiana behind. Thank goodness. Lots of good sunshine here in southeastern Ohio. Glad you made it home safe even if you did have to go hungry when you got there.

  2. Thanks for all your campground info. We may be heading back that way.

  3. Quite a road trip. Glad you beat the cold and potential snow flurries in MI. Bet the longdogs were glad, also.


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