Today was the day that we dreaded. It is necessary for us to leave a couple of weeks early to make some doctor's visits in Dickinson, and today is the day. I always have such a good time with the deer hunters, and it's hard to leave, but it's important to take care of our health.
We woke and began getting thing done inside. I went outside a little before 8 but since we don't have very far to go (275 miles) we weren't in too much of a hurry. I made good time outside with my chores, but several of our friends came by to say goodbye and I was probably delayed by an hour or more. I'm not complaining because it is so good to have many friends to say adios to. Stella's inside work went very well but we were still late in getting away.
It was about 11 before we pulled out of our site, but we got flagged down at the headquarters by the parking crew. Our friends Bill, David and Dean came out to flag us down because our brand new Traveler television was still up! We had both forgotten to "stow" it in the travel position. We stopped on the road and tried to put it away, but soon learned that it takes 110 volts to operate the antenna, which meant that we had to turn around and go back to our site to hook up to power. I don't have the adapters to go from 50 amp to 15 amp any more. I had them when we had the house and kept the trailer plugged in at home, but that was 9 years ago. It didn't take long to get the antenna down, once power was hooked up, and we were again leaving, but it was about 11:30 when we pulled out of the gate. In our defense, this was the first time we have had to put the antenna down. When we left T&S, where we bought it, they hit the necessary buttons to stow it and today, each of us thought the other was taking care of it.
There was a bad accident with an overturned gasoline truck in Bertram, in the route that we had planned to take, so we took another route down U.S. highway 71 as an alternate route. The problem with route is that it took us through Austin and lots of traffic! As we drove, I noticed the estimated time of arrival on the GPS kept getting later and later. We were making good time (I thought) and going the normal speed but the time just kept slipping away. Maybe they were taking all the traffic into consideration... We hit Houston during the evening rush hour, which slowed us even more, but we finally pulled into the Bay Colony RV Resort about 4:30. Actually, this is about the normal time for the distance we traveled, so I guess it's not so bad. I was soon backed into the site and in a short time we were hooked up and home again! It's nice to hit a button and the TV antenna searches and locks automatically.
There is still a lot of damage and closed businesses in town from hurricane Harvey. We had planned to eat at either Whataburger or Monterrey Tex-Mex but both of them are still closed. Bummer! We ended up going to the Whataburger in League City and had a great meal. It's good to be back in our home area, but things have changed. Traffic is just as bad in little bitty Dickinson as it is in Houston. During rush hour, it's not unusual for it to take 10-15 minutes just to get out of the park parking lot! I guess that's life in the big city...