Upon leaving Big Bend we made a stop in Del Rio, Texas. This cute little town is just across the river from the famous “Heard it on the X” radio station! Our hosts were great folks who we found on the website www.boondockerswelcome.com They offered us a cozy overnight, out of the howling Texas wind. If you have a parking space on your property, consider listing it there. You might meet some nutty folks like us someday!
And apparently known for illegal labor practices!
But the most notable thing about this stretch of driving was the ice that formed! The rain was cold, the wind was colder and we upped the wind chill by poking along at 55mph. All of that led to a build up of ice that we have never seen before. Look at the ice casing on the locks, the bars of the ladder, and the jack. Notice the icicles formed all along the bottom edges! Alta was cold, and wishing for the beaches of Baja- but she pushed on through the storm and into Austin, Texas!
Austin Texas was made even more awesome by the great people that hosted slowcarfasthouse. Ken reached out through the website and invited us to stop by. That turned in to a couple of days and some great conversations. Ken and Cari offered us a great camp spot on their land in Dripping Springs (outside of Austin).
We learned about oak wilt and cement batch plants and went to a Texas Stars hockey game and enjoyed several good meals. Mike and Ken had great discussions about the project he is working on and carefully steered clear of politics (yeah, right)! It was tough to say goodbye to such wonderful people, but the road calls and we had Vanagon folks to meet in Houston! Off we roll…….