Alaskan Trip Journal

Date: Thursday, August 7, 2003

Starting Location: Bernalillo, NM (9 miles north of Albuquerque)

Destination: Oklahoma City, OK

Trip Description: Our goal today was to drive as many miles as possible. We began our day with the free breakfast offered at the KOA Kampground. We were on the road at 9:00. It was another hot day. As we drove into the Texas panhandle on I-40, the temperature began to rise. The RV was not happy with the heat. The fan came on many times to keep the engine from overheating. We decided to take the RV to a shop to get the cooling system flushed and refilled. After all of the driving we have done, the coolant looked really bad. We had lunch in Amarillo, Texas. We were back on the road within an hour. The engine was running a bit cooler, but nothing could take the edge off this 100+ day. The northern part of Texas is F-L-A-T. There's nothing much to see except some cattle here and there. Oklahoma is slightly more tree covered. Ranches cover most of the landscape. We crossed the Chisholm Trail. It was one of the main routes used by cowboys during the cattle drive era (1870's-1889). There are also a ouple of rivers that cross the otherwise barren landscape. There is a state park just south of the highway. We elected not to stay there because there is no electricity. It's way too hot to sleep without AC. This is especially true because the air conditioner in our RV does not work very well while the vehicle is in motion. Nevertheless, we're still alive...

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Welcome to Texas!

Welcome to Oklahoma!

typical landscape in north Texas

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