West to Lubbock

December 21, Wednesday

After being stationary for a couple months, the details of travel day preparations become a bit fuzzy. It’s not that I forget what to do, it’s that it doesn’t come as second nature. Plus there’s usually a lot more things out of place that need to get taken care of before the Casita is road worthy. The whole process takes longer.

Longer, but not a whole day.

I wake up to a chill morning in Boyd, Texas and go straight to work. Lets see, need to fill my spare propane tank, do laundry… but first make a trip to the bank for quarters, dust, wipe down, and clean everything. Should put everything in the truck back where it belongs and straighten the storage area in back. Dump and flush my tanks a couple times to make them extra clean as I won’t have the luxury of unlimited water again for a while…

Last sunrise in Boyd

The sun breaks through the clouds as I’m hauling a pretty ridiculous amount of trash to the dumpster (four shopping bag loads, not food trash but junk that piles up when stationary) and the day warms up nicely. A peek at the forecast shows I shouldn’t have to worry about freezing weather the rest of the time I’m in Texas which is convenient.

By about 3 pm, everything is done except the laundry. It seemed like a long to-do list in the morning but no matter how bad things get in the Casita it just doesn’t take long to clean and tidy up a 94 sq ft space. Score one for small RVs.

I say goodbye to neighbors and coworkers. The sunset on this last evening is pleasant, and I fall asleep dreaming about boondocking and adventures to come.

There’s a lot of cattle between Boyd and Lubbock

December 22, Thursday

Woohoo, travel day!

It’s hard to express in words the feeling I get sliding in the driver’s seat and seeing Cas in the rearview mirror after months spent stationary. Those of you who are or have been work-campers know what I’m talking about. For those of you who aren’t work-campers, you probably still know what it’s like if you’ve spent a month or more in one location. Those of you who are looking to get on the road will understand what I mean once you experience it yourself (trust me, it’s a good feeling).

Today’s destination is Lubbock, TX, 278 miles to the west. The directions are as follows:

  • Turn left out of Boyd RV Park onto 114 west
  • Drive until you reach Lubbock

Cotton

Okay, it’s not quite that easy, but almost. Rural Texas is full of tiny towns and 114 sometimes disappears briefly in them, but invariably after traveling on Main Street for a couple blocks, I either turn back onto 114 or the current road merges to become 114 again.

The scenery has changed dramatically since I came through at the beginning of October. Fields stand yellow and barren. The trees have lost their leaves and are bare. Farther west, white tufts along the road could be mistaken for snow in this dormant landscape, but it’s actually bits of leftover cotton.

The red canyons of the caprocks area are the same though. There’s one picnic area along 114 that offers a pretty good view of them, but I don’t get out of the truck for a photo. I’m moochdocking in a friend’s driveway tonight, and want to arrive before dark.

Caprocks area

Clouds move in and block the sun. It sprinkles very briefly but the rain that was suppose to materialize in the afternoon doesn’t show. I’m okay with this.

Traffic in Lubbock is light, and it doesn’t take long to get to Misty’s house where I’ll be until the 26th. Merry Christmas everyone!

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37 Responses to West to Lubbock

  1. desiderio yanez December 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm #

    so your free ,for a while even when you work having hookups probably feels like freedom along with a paycheck what else can i say becly

    • Becky December 24, 2016 at 8:14 am #

      Yep. 🙂

  2. Ron December 23, 2016 at 7:35 pm #

    And a very Merry Christmas to you and a trouble free new year of great adventures to share.

    • Becky December 24, 2016 at 8:15 am #

      Thanks Ron!

  3. Jay December 23, 2016 at 9:57 pm #

    Becky,
    enjoy your visit and have a good Christmas with your friend.

    • Becky December 24, 2016 at 8:15 am #

      Thanks Jay, I will.

  4. Mitch December 24, 2016 at 5:52 am #

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Safe travels!

    • Becky December 24, 2016 at 8:16 am #

      Thanks Mitch.

  5. Lara / InspiredTrekker December 24, 2016 at 5:55 am #

    Awesome. 114 sounds lovely. I really enjoy passing through downtowns like that. Hope you have a wonderful holiday and visit with your friend!
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    • Becky December 24, 2016 at 8:18 am #

      Yep, you’d probably enjoy 114 then Lara. Thanks!

  6. RGupnorth December 24, 2016 at 7:05 am #

    Have a good holiday weekend.

    • Becky December 24, 2016 at 8:19 am #

      Thanks!

  7. David December 24, 2016 at 7:17 am #

    If your on the way to RTR Becky consider here. Wonderful hot tubs as part 0f the $3 a night fee. Lots of room for your rig outside of the 10 picnic table sites.

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    Safford, AZ 85546
    (928) 348-4400
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    • Becky December 24, 2016 at 8:19 am #

      Thanks for sharing David, I’ll look into it.

  8. dawnkinster December 24, 2016 at 7:50 am #

    Have a wonderful holiday weekend with your friend! Then let the adventure continue! I look forward to reading about it all next year.

    • Becky December 24, 2016 at 8:21 am #

      Thanks Dawn!

  9. Judie Ashford December 24, 2016 at 7:55 am #

    Does your little dash flower sing and dance? A friend has one that looks similar to yours, and it jiggles about to a very catchy tune that haunts me for days after having heard it each time!

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

    •~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•

    • Becky December 24, 2016 at 8:23 am #

      Doesn’t sing but it dances yeah. Cherie and Chris of Technomadia gave it to me, it’s a lot of fun. Take care!

  10. Fireman Steve December 24, 2016 at 8:23 am #

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Becky. Safe travels to you.
    May 2017 be prosperous and healthy for you.
    A warm holiday hug to you…
    Fireman Steve

    • Becky December 24, 2016 at 8:24 am #

      Thanks Steve!

  11. Alan Belisle December 24, 2016 at 9:24 am #

    Let’s hear a few bars of “On The Road Again”. Good luck and safe travels.
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    • Becky December 25, 2016 at 8:42 am #

      Thanks Alan.

  12. Dan December 24, 2016 at 12:35 pm #

    Hello Becky!
    Glad to hear that you are on the road again.
    Hope that you have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
    Safe Jorney!
    Dan

    • Becky December 25, 2016 at 8:52 am #

      Thank you Dan and take care.

    • Becky December 25, 2016 at 8:52 am #

      Thank you Dan and take care.

  13. Linda Sand December 24, 2016 at 4:32 pm #

    I loved those simple driving instruction days. Even with a GPS it was wonderful to not have to remember complicated in case the GPS died. Plus, being able to turn the GPS off so as to not listen to it name every road name change in each town was great! 114 to Main Street to 114 was not really necessary. 🙂

    • Becky December 25, 2016 at 9:03 am #

      Haha, yeah Linda I like these kind of driving days too. Actually my phone did flake out on me once during this drive but it wasn’t a problem for the exact reason you named.

  14. Furry Gnome December 24, 2016 at 5:38 pm #

    Merry Christmas Becky! Always look forward to your posts so much!
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    • Becky December 25, 2016 at 9:04 am #

      I’m glad you’re continuing to enjoy them Gnome, thanks!

  15. marijka December 24, 2016 at 9:21 pm #

    I remember passing fields and fields of windmills when driving from Big Bend to Waco. Beautiful and eerie! I’d never seen such a thing before.

    Excited for you being on the road again. Merry Christmas!

    • Becky December 25, 2016 at 9:25 am #

      I’m excited too Marijka, thanks and take care.

  16. Rene Kipp December 24, 2016 at 9:55 pm #

    I know what you mean about moving after being stationary for awhile. While our main ‘residence’ is a spot at a mobile home park, we do go out every so often. In fact, we’ll be leaving Tuesday for a trip to the coast.
    I hope your holiday is special and 2017 is just as meaningful as this past year has been.
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    • Becky December 25, 2016 at 9:45 am #

      Have a good time on the coast Rene and thanks!

  17. Christine Humphrey December 24, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

    Merry Christmas, Becky and Happy New Year! It’s so good to see you behind the wheel again, and being your own boss! Can’t wait to see what lies ahead. Thanks for taking us along for the ride! Chris in NC

    • Becky December 25, 2016 at 9:51 am #

      You’re welcome Christine and I’m excited to be back on the road. Thanks!

  18. Sheila Hagadone December 25, 2016 at 11:53 am #

    Have a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with new camping adventures!

    • Becky December 26, 2016 at 7:11 am #

      Thanks Sheila!

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