Westward Ho! – On to Texas

We left Topsail Hill Preserve and Santa Rosa Beach area and got back on I-10 West and headed towards Texas. It was a little over 600 miles and we had decided rather than 2 long days on the road, we’d do 3 shorter days. So we stayed a night in Mississippi at Pass Christian (that’s the town name) and a night in Iowa, Louisiana (nope, that’s not a typo either). In Louisiana, we stayed north on I-12 which kind of by-passes New Orleans and didn’t have any real traffic snafus all 3 days of travel. On both our overnights along the way we got “pull through” sites. For those not familiar it means a long site, typically long enough to fit a large coach like ours and also the tow vehicle. So we hooked the jeep to the coach in Florida, and never unhooked it until we got to our site in Texas, 3 days later. That saves us 20 minutes or so a day fiddling with the hookup and the braking system for the Jeep. We were able to top off the coach in Louisiana for $2.32/gallon, the cheapest we’ve seen to date for diesel.

Welcome to Mississippi
Welcome to Mississippi
Welcome to Louisiana
Welcome to Louisiana
Our 1 night pull-thru spot at Cypress Bend CG in Iowa, Louisiana
Our 1 night pull-thru spot at Cypress Bend CG in Iowa, Louisiana
A load of cotton being transported in Louisiana.
A load of cotton being transported in Louisiana.
Our first tunnel with the coach and Jeep in tow.
Our first tunnel with the coach and Jeep in tow.
Florida MC cop on a Honda Gold Wing.
Florida MC cop on a Honda Gold Wing.
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At the Texas welcome center on I-10

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Seen on the way to Willis TX
Seen on the way to Willis TX

We arrived at the Thousand Trails at Lake Conroe (Willis, TX) on Sunday, 11/6 in the early afternoon and were all setup before 2pm. This is one of TT’s flagship parks so it’s quite well maintained and very nice amenities, such as in ground pool, jacuzzi, Pickle ball & tennis courts, mini golf and basketball courts, a boat ramp/launch and boat rentals as well. We lucked out and got a really nice site with a good sized, level lot and some nice shade trees.

Our site at the Thousand Trails at Lake Conroe, Willis, TX. Note that the pumpkin from Sarah and Ryan is still with us... 14 states later!
Our site at the Thousand Trails at Lake Conroe, Willis, TX. Note that the pumpkin from Sarah and Ryan is still with us… 14 states later!
Beautiful sunset from our site on Conroe Lake, Willis, TX
Beautiful sunset from our site on Conroe Lake, Willis, TX.
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Saw this monarch butterfly at the pool area.
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The pool at Lake Conroe TT
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Hot tub at Lake Conroe
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This weather greeted us the first night at Lake Conroe. It was the first rain on the coach in over a month! And boy did it rain for a while!