I know . . . it’s been a little over a month since my last . . . update. I bet you thought I was going to say something else huh?
Well, a lot has happened in a month and it’s all . . . mostly . . . good news! I hope you enjoy our journey on this “real” first maiden trip as I divide it into parts for easier reading at your leisure. Enjoy!
Continuing from the previous post of our RVing saga, we were in Dallas getting the truck fitted with a new computer system and cruise control and our stay in Carrollton, Tx was longer than we wanted it to be but pretty much how I expected it to be. Instead of just a couple of days, we were there for about a week. As I explained in my last post, we got a GREAT deal on a room at a Homewood Suites nearby the dealership. And that they gave us a loaner to use while we were there.
The Homewood Suites, as I mentioned in my previous post of our RVing saga, was an AWESOME place to stay. It had a full kitchen, a separate bedroom w/TV, large bathroom and large closet. The other amenities included an AWESOME hot breakfast every morning and a SUPER AWESOME Evening Social Mon thru Thurs. nights. Each night was a themed . . . Cheese/Fruit, Octoberfest, build your own PHO and Nacho night that included a soup, salad, beer and wine . . . for FREE!!! Oh . . . how could I forget . . . bottomless coffee, tea and lemon water at the front. As well as, all the freshly baked cookies you could eat!!! Unfortunately, I ate way too many of them . . . they were soooo yummy!!!
The day after we got to Dallas, we met with some friends for lunch. It was so great to get caught up since we haven’t seen each other in several years. Then we pretty much hung around the hotel the rest of the week. Why? Well . . . to save money and we hate driving in this town!! But we love Zoos and it’s been years since we’ve been to the Dallas Zoo . . . so we ventured out one day to check it out. It was a beautiful day and it was cool enough that the animals were out and about. We have NEVER been to a Zoo where the animals were so active. We also grabbed lunch there too and got to see the lion family while we ate. It was a great day! Until we headed back to the hotel . . .
Dallas . . .didn’t disappoint, traffic wise!!!! On the way back to the hotel, we had to get off the highway because my nerves were fraying due to the crazy traffic . . . not to mention the wreck that happened right behind us before getting off.
We decided to take the slower back roads back to the hotel!!!!! Just as we got onto the frontage road . . . which was also crazy busy . . . we had to squeeze over . . . not move over . . . SQUUEEEZZEEE over . . . to let an ambulance get by us.
Once we got out of that traffic, I used the GPS to weave in/out of the side streets to get us back to the hotel. Of course the GPS is telling me to get back towards the highway . . . NO WAY!!!
On Saturday, we picked up the truck and, even though the RV General Store service center wouldn’t have anyone we were dealing with working over the weekend, we headed to Oklahoma. We wanted to be there when the doors opened on Monday . . . can you tell we’re excited to get our RV back and actually use it? LOL! We are so confident that we’ll be able to use the RV that we have the truck loaded with boxes that have items to be loaded into the RV to use on this first trip.
We found a hotel a little closer to the dealership in Norman, OK. The Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center which was beautiful but the rooms were not as nice as the Homewood Suites . . . it only had a microwave and mini refrigerator. Having said that . . . the breakfast was better. Not only did you have a buffet of items to choose from, they had ‘cook to order’ omelets!! Their “Evening Reception” wasn’t any where near as good as the Homewood Suites. They only had cheese, fruit, hummus, chips and dip every night. Nor did they have the bottomless coffee, tea and lemon water . . . and, the most sad part was . . . no cookies!! However, it was pretty much a full bar service for 2 hrs . . . for FREE!! Who doesn’t love FREE cocktails?
Our trip from Dallas to Oklahoma wasn’t without incident!! We were about 15 miles from Norman and traffic came to a stand still!! It took us about an hour to go that last 15 miles!!! We never saw what happened but the traffic never got above 60 mph but mostly we were able to go about 50 mpg or less!! What is with us and wrecks??? It’s kind of scary . . . knowing that we’re going to be doing a lot of traveling once we get our RV back. We just try not to think about . . . but it’s always in the back of both of our minds.
Unfortunately, when we arrived at RV General Store, the lady we’d been dealing with was out sick and nobody knew what was going on. Apparently, she didn’t inform anyone that we were coming and the reception lady in the service center couldn’t believe that we didn’t have an appointment!!
We decided to get a hotel for another night. Here we are supposed to be saving money by having an RV to travel and stay in, yet we are paying for hotels!! NO BUENO!!!
We found an inexpensive hotel near by called the Candlewood Suites (no website to link to) in Moore, OK. Even tho this one didn’t have all the ‘swanky’ amenities as the other two hotels we stayed at, this was a great place for a lot less money. It is mainly ‘rented’ out to people who live there and this room was the last one they had for us. That was all we needed. It had some GREAT amenities for an inexpensive hotel thought. For example . . . the guest laundry facilities are FREE!!! Did you read that? FREE!!! AND they were nice ones too. We looked to do laundry at one of the other places we stayed at but it was like $2 per load. We decided to wait until we got home. That is, until we found this place. If you live there, you get weekly maid service, there is a really nice fitness center, however, no pool. They have a convenience store that is open 24/7 and there is a nice propane BBQ grill under a gazebo with a table for guests to use. The guy at the front desk was super friendly and helpful.
We hope that is our last hotel that we will have to stay in. Because tomorrow we pick up the RV . . . hopefully, for the last time.
Stay tuned for more excitement to come from “The Ole Rooster and his Hen” . . .