Life is full of surprises. So imagine our surprise when we drove over some debris on our way out of town. This was soon followed by a strong smell of burning rubber. This was followed soon after by a lot of honking and pointing from a passing truck driver. At about this point, we noticed that the very dry grass on either side of the road behind us was on fire. This led to a certain amount of anxiety. We pulled over and did a quick check of the Beast and Zippy. All 10 tires were still round and there was no sign of trouble. A very friendly San Antonio State Trooper stopped and also had a look and then very kindly stopped traffic on the Interstate to allow us to pull out and be on our merry way.
Did I mention how friendly and polite the Texas people have been? They allow us to cut into traffic, they make room for us on tight turns and now even the police are stopping miles of traffic to accommodate us.
We surmise that some of the debris we ran over got caught under the Beast and ignited. There doesn't seem to be much wrong, but we haven't lowered the jacks yet. We're hoping it wasn't a burn through the hydraulic lines.
So, after an exhausting day, we arrived at what we were told was a very nice RV park in Ozona, TX. We're staying here because the name was cool and, since we're 2500 hundred feet up, we figure we're close to the ozone layer. However, we'll have to look up the definition of "nice" in Texas. It is a pure gravel lot, no trees, no landscaping. The lots point in the wrong direction, and all of the roads end in a fence, so there is no way to loop around them. The only alternative was to unhook the car and back out. By this time, Nui was exhausted so we decided to semi-boondock and paid the handsome price of $15.00 to park in the driveway with no lights, water or sewer. To be fair, a horde of nice people came out to help direct Nui in backing up the Beast. Did I mention how nice the people are here in Texas.
So, we're spending the night and we're off to Van Horn, TX tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed that the jacks are not burned.