60,000 and Counting . . .

We had planned to leave out from here in Houston about 9am this morning, but I guess we were itching to get on the road because we found ourselves ready to go a little after 8. Pulling out of our site we stopped in the park office lot just long enough to hitch up the truck and we were on the way. Like our last several days of travel we had the generator running so we could run the coach AC’s, since it’s supposed to be in the mid 90’s all along our route.

A few minutes later we were heading west on the Beltway 8 Tollway, and then onto I-10W. Our first stop was about 150 miles later at the Buc-ee’s off the Luling exit. We pretty much always stop here going or coming. This morning we got coffee and a couple of kolaches for brunch since we didn’t’ have any thing before we left Houston. About 50 miles later we were turning off I-10 onto Loop 410 S in San Antonio, and then a few miles later we were on I-37S. And along in here we hit another milestone.

Since we picked up our RV at the dealers on January 6th, 2008, we’ve traveled 60,000 miles. In the last 6 years we’ve been from Key West, FL to Fairbanks, AK. And from San Diego to Newfoundland, and a lot of places in between. We been in every state, except for some reason, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma. But we’ll get them some day.

About 20 miles later, we stopped at a new Pilot Travel Center that’s opened since we were here a year ago. And again, I’m really enjoying my Pilot / Flying J RV Plus Card. I get 6 cents a gallon off the Cash price, and no card dollar limits at the pump. Just fill and go. I even used it when I went inside to get a couple of gallons of diesel coolant to take with me.

The billing date, at least on my account, ends on the 15th of the month, and payment is due by the 30th. Since it doesn’t cost anything to get the card, it ought to be in every RV’ers wallet.

After topping off our diesel, and adding a bottle of Diesel Kleen to the tank, another 20 miles down the road, we stopped at the Wal-Mart in Pleasanton to top off the pantry with groceries

Finally we pulled into the Gate Guard Services lot off exit 83 about 3:45 and checked in at the office. They were expecting us and there was an open site in the RV parking area waiting for us. 50amp full hookups, and it’s free while we’re waiting for a gate, or coming off a gate, for that matter.

Getting us parked and connected to shore power, I tracked down Jamie, our supervisor, in the shop building and got the scoop on what should be our new gate. One oil company just bought some oil leases from another oil company, and we will be replacing some gate guards employed by another gate guard company. Luckily it’s only about 6 miles from here, so we won’t be out in the boonies and should have no problems with cell and data service.  Yay!

About 5pm we headed down to the Three Rivers area to have dinner at Pepe Broudreaux’s, one of our favorite local places. Jan ordered the Shrimp Diablo, a spicy shrimp and pasta dish, and I had my usual Blackened Chicken Breast stuffed with crawfish, bacon, and cheese. Delicious as usual, and big enough portions so we had leftovers for later.

Coming home, and passing back through Three Rivers, we saw a trailer parked in a vacant lot selling stickers and decals for your windows. Jan had been wanting a oil well sticker so we stopped to see what he had. Turns out he had pretty much what ever you want. He has a laptop and a large format stencil cutting machine, and a catalog of thousands of images stored on the hard drive. He also has a digital camera and a scanner so he can make a stencil from your artwork too. Jan found the perfect picture and he cut it out to order. He has dozens of colors and backgrounds of stencil materials so you can get pretty much any color you want. Neat.

Jamie said our gate might start Monday, but probably Tuesday, so we’ve got a few days to prepare, and also play around in San Antonio a little.


Thought for the Day:

“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” – Frederick Douglass



8 Responses

  1. Sounds like you got a great location for gate guarding this time. Be sure to include a pic of Jan’s oil well in an upcoming blog. Sounds like the guy has a neat business.

  2. “except for some reason, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma. But we’ll get them some day.” Well we need to fix that some time. We have a spot just folks like you. We are just North of Wichita, KS.

  3. Where are you “gate guarding”? We’ve done COE in Alabama several times. Is yours similar to the Corp?

  4. Hope the “good” gate comes to be–so your internet and phone will work plus you will be closer to restaurants and such. Good luck you guys on this job.

  5. Just curious, we are retiring in 2 years and heading west…Where do you find out about gate guarding…How much it pays and the rules and regulations….lol..Do they have a web site??…Always looking for another adventure…

  6. Margaret,

    We heard about it online.

    I don’t know of any website that tells you how to gate guard.

    You might want to go back in our blog to April 5th, 2012 where we started our gate guarding adventure last year.

    You can start here and come forward until we left the gate on August 21st. https://ourrvadventures.wordpress.com/2012/04/page/2/

    You might also check out the other gate guarding blogs listed down the right side of this blog.

    I will probably also talk more about it on the blog.

  7. Don’t know much about how the Corp of Engineers thing works, but I suspect Oilrig gate guarding is completely different.

    We’ll be located around 60 miles south of San Antonio, TX. We will park our RV at the entrance to a working oilrig and check vehicles in and out.

    We will have a 50 amp FHU site and get paid $125 – $150 day. The only really downside besides the heat, is the fact that most of these gates go 24/7.

  8. LeRoy,

    Thanks for the invite.

    We may take you up on it someday.

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