Walmart, Gainesville, Texas
(1800 Lawrence Road)
A great night's sleep last night, I heard a few little noises but nothing much and I slept until just before 7 am, it was still dark when I started moving around and getting my room packed up to move. Shortly after 7 am I heard Miss Riley moving around as well. She also is aware it's moving day.
|Some of the landscape along the way....|
The outside temperature was 29F/-1.6C and a very slight breeze made things feel colder still. The top of the Dogsled had a thin skim of frost. We packed up quickly, hooked up, dropped our donation and headed out. Riley noted 3 or 4 deer off in the field beside us as were pulling out. We seen another way down the road during our drive today which made us have a 4 or 5 count. The most we've seen since leaving Ontario.
|This is US 82 East...||.|
We were on the road around 8:15 am CDT and managed to get things rolling nicely. To say the drive was boring would be accurate. It was pretty but there are only so many rolling hills and flat fields you can witness before finding them a bit ordinary. We stopped twice during our drive today. Both were just quick stops, less than 15 minutes each but we felt they were long enough.
We travelled approx 255 miles/408 km and had a side wind pretty much the whole way. Not a bad one but enough so that we knew it was there. We travelled approx 6 hours, stopped for less than 30 minutes. We travel at approx 55 mph/88km and used approx 20 gallons of fuel. We arrived here in Gainesville, Tx around 2:30 CDT and are parked at the very end of the lot nearest to the roadway.
|See the riders by the wind turbines? Those prickly pear cactus grow everywhere, see them among the bottom of the trees?|
The temperature reached between 60F-65F/15C -18C but with the wind it seemed cooler. We had beautiful blue skies and extremely empty roads. We travelled US 82 East the entire day. It was mostly a 4 lane road but at times went down to 2 lanes but only for a few miles. The road is in excellent shape with a few spots of construction but no delays. Many of the little towns were slow downs to town speeds but some remained at 55 mph/88km down from 70 -75 mph/112-120 km. Some were a town in name only and without any real 'town' visible, mostly just farms, houses and few little churches, or buildings. Very few had stop lights or signs for the east bound traffic. An excellent road to travel and I would travel it again.
|Cows, horses, and a stone ranch house....|
Fewer oil rigs in view, we even passed a horse training facility named 6666. It appears to be a very busy place with multiple stables and a number of horses in the fields. A lot less fixer up abodes as well. Many of the houses today were made of stone, a brownish tinge to the over look of the house. We noted one spot that had recently been visited by fire, came within a short distance of the house and out buildings. You could see where they had started a fire to make a fire break and keep the fire from spreading to the yard, buildings. There are fire bans in place all along this area due to high winds and dry conditions.
We have been travelling in the rolling hills, similar to Tennessee, Kentucky and our own Ontario as well, for the last number of miles. Much less flat and more long sloping vistas as we approached Gainsville.
|Witchita Falls, Narcona, and a few other little towns that I can't recall the names of....|
So there you have it, our travel day. Not too exciting but it's getting us closer to our longer stay destination of Hornsby, TN. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit. Feel free to leave a comment.
|This is Witchita Falls, Texas.|
Until next time... take care, be safe,
|Blossoms, and interesting things that caught our eye.....|