Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas, Y'all!

Rainbow's End Park
Livingston, TX

George and I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

We've had an interesting couple of days.
After getting all ready to take off on Sunday morning
from Campbellsville...
we were hitched up, and doing our final vehicle and trailer light check.
I was in the back giving George the thumbs up signs as he did 
the turn signals, etc.
He put his foot on the brake so I could check the brake lights,
and wooosh..the pedal went all the way to the floor.
The brake line burst, dripping brake fluid all over the ground :-(

we unhooked, put the slides back out,
and paid for one more night at Heartland.
George got up early on Monday and very slowly made his way
the the Chevy dealer, which is only a mile away, thank God.
They got him right in and fixed it, so we were on our way by noon Monday.

We had a PDD couple of days, driving to Livingston, TX
from Campbellsville, stopping in Little Rock at a Walmart Monday night.
After 859 miles we are settled down in the Escapees park for a few days.

Our purpose for coming here was to change our domicile.
We stopped at Soda Auto Repair on our way in for the
dreaded Texas inspection.
Inspection? Ha! 
For $31 total, he wrote down our license plates,
'looked' at the truck and Harvey,
filled out the paperwork, and applied the inspection stickers.

The whole process took less than 15 minutes and we were on our way.
We don't have to get it inspected again until the next time we drive through Texas.

After we got settled into our spot at Rainbow's End,
we took off for the tax office to register the truck & RV.
We had done our homework, so had everything we needed to get it done.
The only thing I forgot was the checkbook :-(
George drove back to Escapees and got back quickly!
The total was only $426, of which $206 was a one time fee.
Less than South Dakota!

Only one more step, our driver's licenses.
Unfortunately, when we drove there,
they had closed early for the holiday.
We'll stay as expected and get it done on Monday.

Today we're relaxing, getting caught up on laundry.
I'm hoping to find a church nearby to attend worship this evening.
Tomorrow we'll spend the day with George's brother, Bill,
and his wife Connie.
Looking forward to spending time with some family!

My Mom drove down to Bakersfield to spend time there with her sister.
I'm glad she's with family as well :-)


  1. Glad you guys are getting everything taken care of and we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and find a great Lutheran Church nearby for services.

  2. We have been following your blog for about a year now as we planned for our travels. Like several other blogs you gave us several good hints. Thank you! Sounds like you had a couple of hectic days; glad to read you are safely at your destination. We wish you both a very Merry Christmas!

  3. Thank goodness the truck failed before you got on the road. Somebody is watching out for you.

    Merry Christmas! Hope to see you somewhere next year.

  4. First, glad you made it safely. Second, Merry Christmas! Third, Some questions about Texas. I thought you HAD to go back for an inspection once a year to get your tag renewed. Can you get new tags even if you don't go back to the state?

    1. Texas is nice to RVers. They understand that they can't get back to the state for the annual inspection, so it can be done next time we cross through the state. Apparently they are lenient in that department. The registration can be done by mail, and the inspection is not a requirement to renew the registration.

  5. You have definitely had a couple of interesting days! We're glad you made it down to Texas safely. Now you can enjoy a nice relaxing weekend.

    Merry Christmas!

  6. So glad it worked out for you! Congrats on becoming Texans and Merry Christmas!

  7. Wow you've had a rough few days. Glad you have it all behind you so you can relax and enjoy the holidays.

  8. Congratulations on your TX residency, with all the insurance changes think TX will be our state of choice when we are done with VT. Glad your brake line burst before hitting the road. Merry Christmas

  9. So sorry we couldn't connect while both in the area. Well sort of. I well remember that "inspection" of the vehicles.

  10. Glad to hear things are fixed and you are settled in. Merry Christmas.