Sunday, October 14, 2012

Tucumcari and Amarillo

When we left the Santa Fe area we intended to drive all the way to Amarillo. But there was some rain and high winds before we left and we waited it out and left about 10 a.m., so we stopped at Tucumcari about 2 p.m. and called it a day. Jim was tuckered out.

We stayed at the Elks Club there and their RV park was adequate.  They charge you $15 the first night with the second night free…kind of novel.  We didn’t unhook so we BBQ’d dinner.  Jim had a steak and baked potato and I had a sweet potato, grilled slices of eggplant and a roasted red pepper.  Both of us were satisfied.  We threw up the antenna and watched locally available TV.

Since we didn’t have a long trip to Amarillo, I piddled around online till late in the morning on Saturday.  We finally took off about 10 a.m. and arrived about 1 or really 2 since we passed over the Central Time Zone going into Texas.

We again found our way to the Elks Club in Amarillo and their RV park out back. Setting up was a bit of a chore this time because after sitting up on leveling blocks and blocking the wheels and bringing out the slides, Jim found we were two feet short of our electrical cord reaching the electrical box sitting on their back fence dead center of our rig.  UGH!  So here we go - pull in the slides, move things from tipping over, un-chuck the wheels, re-hooking up to the truck, driving off the leveling blocks, and backing up two frigging feet.  Then go through the whole set up procedure again.  I hate when this happens; luckily it’s only happened a couple of times in the last five years, but it is aggravating when it happens.

I’d received a couple of recommendations for places to eat in Amarillo, but driving into town I spied a Golden Corral and since it’s been a good six months since we’ve eaten at a proper buffet, Golden Corral was where we ate.  The place was very busy at 3 p.m. and continued that way for the hour we were there.  I must say, it was probably the best Golden Corral we’ve been to. The food was hot (I hate luke-warm food) and everything nicely seasoned.  The variety was extensive including a whole roast turkey and a steamboat round of pork, along with sirloin steaks…different.  Don’t worry, I was good.

Back at the Elks Club we stopped into the lodge for a beer and was greeted warmly by several members, making us feel very welcomed.  The lodge has a nice menu and the food looked great.

While watching TV Jim started playing around with the GPS features and spied a Braum’s in the area. Happy, happy day, we’re in Braum country again.  If you’re not familiar with Braum’s it has the best ice cream in the world IMHO.  They have a fast food restaurant, ice cream parlor and a section for groceries all in one building.  Their cheese is very tasty and milk is really fresh tasting. The family farm and dairy is located in Tuttle, OK and they service areas in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, and Arkansas. But all stores are located within a 300-mile radius of the Braum Family Farm ONLY. Because that is as far as they fleet of trucks can travel in one day to bring fresh items to their stores every other day. We love being in Braum’s country.

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  1. butterbean carpenterOctober 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Howdy B&J,
    To save you from the 'it's too short.. bit' I'll slip you a little Texas Aggie advice; When you have your extension cord ALL OF THE WAY OUT, step it off for length; then when you go to park, where you have to wonder, you can step off the distance and KNOW!!! It's easier than un-blocking and backing up 2'!!!!!! YOU'RE WELCOME!!!!
    Y'all are too, also!!!

  2. Oh that's a shame about the double move. Especially for a short stay!
    You sound so good - and so happy!
    Do you start up at a gate this month?
    My best to you both!

  3. We recently ate at a Braum's. . .I think it was probably in Amarillo. I didn't know the story. ..thanks for sharing that!

    and yes, we've had to adjust our parking a few times. . .ours is usually getting too close to the power pole. . .and then our slide won't go out. . .we've learned to double check!



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