After spending the night in the Walmart parking lot in Breaux Bridge, LA, we pulled out about 8 am, heading for Houston.
I had been debating whether or not to fuel up before leaving for Houston. I knew I was going to have to fill up before we parked in Houston, or Dickinson, actually.
We will be parked for at least two months, and, if possible you always want to park with a full tank of diesel. It reduces the amount of condensation that forms in the tank, which leads to water in your fuel, which is bad.
Anyway, I probably had enough fuel to make it home, but, when it comes down to it, it’s not something i want to take a chance with. So I was looking for a place to fuel up in Breaux Bridge, but I wasn’t having much luck.
I circled thru two truck stops without finding a space. All the semi’s were fueling up, and I really hate to get in the way of guys trying to make a living. So I decided to head on down the road a ways. Our ‘The Next Exit’ book said there was another place 18 miles down the road.
‘The Next Exit’ is a must-have book for every RV’er. It list what is at every exit on every Interstate in every state in the US. And it also shows who has diesel and ‘big-rig access” so we know we can fit.
This time we lucked out. The Texaco truck stop was not very busy. Maybe because it had the slowest pumps I’ve encountered in a long time. Usually truck stop pumps have a bigger nozzle and pump the fuel much faster than regular pumps. I mean, when you’re taking on 3 or 400 gallons like semi’s do, you don’t want to be there all day. It’s bad enough when I only need 125 gallons or so.
So by the time we pulled back on to the Interstate it was 9 o’clock. And we had traveled 18 miles. That’s 18 miles per hour! At this rate it’ll be after Thanksgiving before we get to Houston.
But the rest of the trip turned out to be a breeze. We turned off I-10 onto FM146 and cruised on down to Dickinson, taking a brief detour down on 96 to the Bucee’s to top off the tank before we parked. And really, really wished I’d waited to fill up here. Diesel was 22 cents a gallon cheaper than in Louisiana. That’s over $26.00 cheaper! Darn!
Anyway, by 2:30 we were parked in our same site as last year here at Galveston Bay RV park on Dickinson Bayou.
At 6:30 we met all the kids at the new La Brisa on I-45 in League City. It was really great to see all the family after nine months on the road.
It’s good to be home again…at least for a while.
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