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Celebrating our Ruby Wedding Anniversary at the Piney Creek Chop House Restaurant, Bastrop , Texas

We are now in Bastrop, Texas, a very convenient place to make all the arrangements for our return to the UK.

During our stay here we will be organising:

Shipping our RV from Galveston, Texas to England

The sale of our car and trailer.

Getting the RV in shipshape order.

Veterinary health checks for Sandy before she travels.

Air travel for Sandy (at the moment very expensive quotes)

Booking our own flight from Austin, TX to coincide with Sandy's flight .... and much, much more.

It will be four years and four months since we left our home in Birmingham and what a 4y. & 4m. it's been.  Firstly, the fantas...

It is with great sadness I have to tell you that our dear friend Chris lost her brave battle with cancer and died on Friday 9th November. We have been friends since teenagers and it is difficult to imagine life without her. I was so glad that I was able to see her, talk and hug her one last time. Always smiling and lots of fun, Chris will be missed by many. She would not want us to be sad but to raise a glass and remember the good times. Cheers Chrissie!

Monday 1st October

Texas

Yee-haw, we're back in Texas, feels like coming home. The place of wide-open plains and roads in the sky. Where we first came in the early 80’s to visit friends Chris and David in Mansfield, situated between Fort Worth and Dallas. It was at the height of the TV series Dallas and indeed the city was quite a sight with its skyline rising-up out of the prairies and the towering glass façade of the Hyatt Hotel.

We’re staying at Plantation Place RV Park in Sunnyvale, Mustique, just east of Dallas.

Our campground is at the back of a large plantation style house with extensive gr...

Just after we arrived in the US in February 2015 we stopped off in Nashville with a view of going to the Grand Ole Opry. Unfortunately, it was Sunday and the theatre was closed. Moving down to Memphis and Graceland we were looking forward to touring the mansion. The day we arrived the Elvis mansion was closed, would you believe. At the time we were on a mission to get to Texas and buy our RV, therefore, we didn’t linger but were very disappointed. However, on this return trip to Nashville and Memphis we were determined not to be disappointed. Having achieved our first objective, the Grand Ole...

We have had a wonderful, whirlwind trip through the north-east of America. Taking in sixteen states and covering over 2,000 miles. We have seen and done so much in Ellie’s nearly six weeks with us and it was difficult to get used to the idea that she would no longer be here. We were just so pleased that she had the opportunity to take part in our travels and share with us some of our special journey.

Sunday 19th August

We made our way into DC and across the Potomac River into Arlington, Virginia and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Ellie was taking an internal flight to Chicago from wh...

Day 22 – Wednesday 1st August – Acadia National Park

The plan was to spend the day at Acadia National Park. When we arrived Cath and I watched a short film in the visitor’s centre on the background and history of the park.

We then met up with Tony and the dogs.to explore the parks features: Cadillac hill – the highest peak on the eastern coastline, Jordan’s pond and the Sandy beach. However, it was so busy it was impossible to park, so we ended up just driving to the top of Cadillac Hill and back.

Frustrated, we decided to try and park in Bar Harbor to have lunch, this was also an impossible task...

Hello to all who are following Cathy and Tony’s journey, I’m Eleanor, their niece and I’ve come to tag along with them for the summer. I’ll be taking over the blog for the next 6 weeks, as we travel to Cath and Tony’s last few states, all in the north east, before they can say they’ve done the full 50. I hope you enjoy!

Day 1 – Wednesday 11th July -  Arrival in Chicago

Arrived into Chicago after an eight-hour flight (delayed by three and a half hours). After about six and a half hours into the flight, a dozen or so men sat at my end of the plane cheered, at this point I realised the 2018 world c...

Sunday, we paid a visit to Madison, the state capitol, 30 miles north.

Great Dane Brewery for lunch. Weather has been very hot and humid and finally we had heavy downpours, thunder and lightning. Unfortunately, we were on the pub patio eating lunch when one downpour struck. We had to pull in and crouch under the sun umbrella. 

The State Capitol building built 1906-1917.

Monday - our next door neighbour with his three working cocker spaniels.

Tuesday, we watched the World Cup match, England v Columbia. How nerve racking, 1-1, extra time and then penalties!! but they did it.

The campsite pr...

Friday 1st June

Los Barriles – Playa Santispac 569 km

Departed Baja Sunrise RV Park 6:30 just as the sun was coming up. Jorge, Sergio and the three dogs -Canella, Rocky and Miel – came out to say goodbye. Los Barriles has been our home for seven wonderful months but now it was time to say goodbye. With heavy hearts we turned onto Mex 1 and headed north, taking in our last views of the beautiful Bahia de Palmas. There are no plans to return but this place does get under your skin, someone described it as having ‘perfect imperfections.’  It is in a beautiful setting, but it is not a picture-perfec...

We are now slowly updating our blog, it will take us a little while longer to catch up. That’s the problem with having too much fun, leaves no time for blog duties.

There is one matter that we would like to let you know before the blog is updated for February 18.

“We have a new RV”

I flew to Akron, Cleveland at the end of February this year and purchased a Newmar Bay Star 3518 and how pleased are we. It’s all that we wanted. Having had three years’ experience on the road we felt that we knew exactly what the next RV should be like.

So, here are a few photo’s of our new home.

COMING SOON - AS WE HAVE BLOGGED ABOUT LOS BARRILES IN PREVIOUS WINTER BLOGS WE ARE NOW TRYING TO CATCH UP ON OUR 2018 SUMMER  EXPERIENCES AND WE WILL THEN COMPLETE THIS BLOG .

Sunday 1st October

Tony is now feeling fit and well again, we left Petaluma on the US 101 south to San Rafael where we crossed San Francisco Bay on the 580. In heavy traffic we travelled along the east bay through Richmond and Berkeley.  

Continued south down Silicon Valley to San Jose where we picked up the 101 again to our destination just north of San Luis Obispo. The concrete roads here are hard going, with plenty of potholes.

South of San Jose we came to Salinas and Monterey. Salinas is well known for being the birth place of John Steinbeck. A predominately agricultural area with salad...

Friday 1st September

Into Seattle for the hop on hop off trolley tour. The tour started near the Space Needle and took us along the water front piers with the many shops and restaurants.

At lunch-time we stopped at the Crab Pot restaurant on the waterfront. As the name suggests the restaurant specializes in seafood and what a feast we had. We ordered a crab pot that consisted of Dungeness and Alaskan crab with mussels, clams, prawns, andouille sausage, corn and red potatoes all tipped into the middle of the table onto crease proof paper to pick at and enjoy.

Back on the bus we continued our tour...

Wednesday 2nd August

BC Ferries have a special promotion for oversize vehicles, called Size up the Savings. Our full length with tow dolly and car attached is 53 feet and we made a good saving with this offer (cost 194 CD

We managed to get on an earlier ferry than expected and was the last but one vehicle loaded on the 3.15pm ferry. We headed north along the Strait of Giorgia towards Duke Point near Nanaimo. The journey took two hours, unfortunately the weather was very windy, nearly took us off our feet, and the visibility not good, therefore we didn’t get a good view of Vancouver as we passed.

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RVing USa & EUrope

We are Tony & Cathy Hill from Birmingham UK. After buying a RV (motorhome) in Texas we are now traveling the United States, Canada and Mexico. Once we have completed our travels we will be shipping our RV back to the UK so that we can tour Europe for a further three years.

 

This blog is a personal record of our travels. It is designed for us to look back on when we are in our dotage (not long now). It is also for family and friends to keep up with where we are at and what we are up to. So sorry if it gets a bit boring at times, but such is life.

 

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Fuel crisis in Mexico. Most Central Mexico Gasoline Stations closed or limited amount of fuel. 

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/11/americas/mexico-gasoline-shortage/index.html

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