I had hoped to sleep in this morning, but once I was awake at 6:20, that was it. I said, “Neelix?” and one of the lumps in my bed rose and came to cuddle with me for about an hour.

Ms. Cinnamon told me to have coffee with her this morning, so I didn’t have to touch the kitchen. I just packed the office, checked my email on the iPad, and eventually went outside to fill up the water tank as well as a bunch of jugs. Just as I was finishing this, Ms. Cinnamon came to get me for coffee.

We lounged for a bit then headed out to buy me a new sewer hose. Her favourite RV supply place had just gone out of business, so we ended up back at Walmart.

I needed about 25′ of hose to get to her outlet and mine and the kits were all 20′, with no couplings to put sections together. I finally clued in that I could connect my hose to a really nice complete kit with new fittings, so I splurged (all of $30) and got that. It is going to be so much nicer to wrangle than my current setup, except that it doesn’t fit in my new sewer pipe holder! 🙁

Back home, she helped me dump and then I unplugged so I could be guided out of the driveway. It took a bit of back and forthing and grass trampling, but I finally made it onto the street. I hadn’t driven my truck since I left San Antonio, so Ms. Cinnamon was worried it wouldn’t start, but the thought never crossed my mind. Moya happily roared back to life (I am sooooo looking forward to a prairie drive with her!) and I hooked up easily.

Ms. Cinnamon and I said our goodbyes and then I headed out through Dallas one last time. She gave me good directions, so I just had to watch out for the construction, mad drivers, and traffic. I was really glad to get clear of urbania and get into some easy interstate driving.

I heard Neelix meowing very loudly as we set off, which is unusual for him as he is a cat of few words. It’s almost like he was say, “Mom, wait! WAIT! We forgot Tabitha!” 🙁

My plan was to stop at a rest area in Gainesville, just before the Oklahama border, but it was just a picnic area and out in the open sun, so it wouldn’t have been a great place to spend an afternoon (but would have been a perfect stop last night). It was early, so I decided to continue on to my planned stop for today, the Walmart in Pauls Valley.

I was running really low on fuel in Gainesville, so when I spotted a Shell station that was an obvious easy in and out, I stopped there and got $99 worth of fuel, the maximum the pump would give me (odd number, no?). In Canada, I get the pump reauthorized in those situations since $100 doesn’t go far, but I get more than half a tank for that price in the US, so I prefer to just get that, which forces me to stop more frequently.

And then, without fanfare, I said goodbye to Texas. 🙁 I literally left a piece of my soul in that state and so it will always be a part of me even if the road ends up never taking me back there.

I stopped at the Oklahoma welcome centre for lunch and went in to get some OK City info just in case I decide to play tourist. I was offered coffee, which I gladly accepted!

From there, it was exactly one hour to my stop for the day. Customer service was very welcoming, but this isn’t a great lot for big rigs. I’m not crazy about how I’m parked and I may try to find a better spot if the lot thins out a little this evening.

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  • Many of the State Welcome Centers have free coffee. Florida’s have free orange juice!. We seldom stop at them but they are a nice break with lots of free information and maps.

    Most gas pumps have a credit card limit now. We had a $125 limit yesterday in Idaho and a $99 limit today in Oregon. You can bypass it by simply running your card again but then, like you say, it does force you to keep your driving times down a little.

  • I’m trying to remember what was the other state welcome centre that had coffee. Maybe Virginia. I always stop at the welcome centre for info and a map!

    I don’t think I’ve ever been to a gas station without a limit. I’ve experienced $75, $100, $125, and $150, never an odd ball number like $99!

  • My sewer hose broke (wore out, UV damage) and I replaced it with a fancy red one from Camping World that comes in two pieces, joined in the middle so you can have short or long, depending on what you need. Like your new one, it will not fit in the sewer pipe holder!

    I searched on line for 5″ PVC pipe and although they make it, I could not find any. I was forced to a plumbing specialty store to buy a piece of 6″ sewer pipe for the outrageous price of $65 for a seven foot piece! It is now tie-wrapped on and is working fine but I am a little concerned that it is now the “low point” at the back of the motorhome and could bottom out on a dip in a driveway.

  • Your hose sounds like mine, only mine are brown and yellow. I am not paying $65 for a piece of pipe, so I will look for the 5″ PVC. In the meantime, I’m back to using a garbage bag.

  • Not sure if you are still headed to FireLake casino or not. Need to tell you it turns out there were two of them. The one I told you about is now the Grand on I-40. The one with the big 777 numbers. The one Google finds if you enter FireLake casino is the one I’m at now off 177. They each have pluses and minuses but I’m not planning to move until I leave, I think Wed late morning. But RVing friends are trying to meet up for supper tomorrow if they get back from a doctor appointment in time. You are welcome to join us if you are in Shawnee then.

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