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Texas, Estados Unidos (USA)

Written by Raenelle on Tuesday, January 13, 2004
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Well, we made it to Texas late in the afternoon and spent some time at a parts store trying to figure out whether our batteries were really fried, or whether there was a chance they could be salvaged. The charge test indicated that the batteries were fine, but we’re not convinced. We hummed and haahed and landed up buying two new Optima batteries for the truck. We’ve had ongoing battery problems for the past 8 years or so with both our 24V trucks. We have now purchased 10 batteries for the Newcruiser in the past year and a half that she has been on the road! We’ve had good and bad experiences with Optima batteries and decided to try them again.We stayed overnight in a cheap hotel (cheap by American standards, but 10 times more expensive than Central America!). Although it’s warm enough to camp here in Texas, we weren’t able to find a campground in the Harlingen area. We had planned to cross back into Mexico for 2 days and head further west to the El Paso border crossing, but quite honestly, we can’t be bothered. We don’t want to deal with crossing back into Mexico and having to convince them that our multiple-entry visas are still valid, and we’re not interested in dealing with the scrutiny coming back into the US again at El Paso. So, we’ve said goodbye to Mexico, and we’ll have to see the interior of the country on another trip!

We spent three nights in Texas – it’s a very big, flat state! The second night, we camped at at little campground in Three Rivers right beside an oil refinery! What can we say? It was $5, and we got to cook by the lights of the refinery and fall asleep to the gentle hum of the machinery! We drove and drove the following day and camped at Balmorhea State Park where there was a really large natural hot spring pool. It’s a little bit cold in the evenings here, and it is only going to get colder as we continue to head north. We don’t have any of our winter camping gear with us, so we stopped off at Walmart and bought some gloves, touques, and thermalwear. Brrr. Not sure how much longer we can camp – the Technitop tent is not designed for winter camping, so we will most likely have to stay in motels most of the way home!

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