Pulling out of Rayne, LA heading north and west waving goodbye to new-found friends and the Gulf of Mexico. We took back roads away from the coast up into the heart of Louisiana before turning due west and across Toledo Bend Reservoir into Texas. The terrain in east Texas reminded us of the foothills of NC, but as we proceeded west, the terrain began to change.

We planned on stopping in Nacogdoches, TX. Nacogdoches is the oldest town in Texas and boasts of being the home place of Sam Houston, a leader of the Texas Revolution. The town also has the distinction of being the recipient of most of the 2003 space shuttle disaster debris. It is also the location of the Foretravel Motorcoach factory. We wanted to take a tour of the plant while we were there. We did find out that Foretravel has their own campgrounds with hookups, for free!It was after 5 on Friday so we stayed for the weekend. We drove down to Lufkin and found a real cool place to stop that looked like a place the “Pickers” should go. When we went in, we found that they had already been there. What a lot of stuff! The owner there told us about a museum in Lufkin to stop and see. In our loop, we found out that Willie P Richardson ( the phone prankster) lived around there.

On Monday, we talked to our service manager at Foretravel, because when we had put the levelers down on the motor home and Mark shook the front wheel, they felt loose. We figured out the front wheel bearings needed replaced. Talk about being in the right place at the right time. They took the coach in, took off  the front wheels, and the wheel bearings fell apart. Now because our Foretravel is so old, they had the wrong parts. For our inconvenience, they put us up in a hotel for the night while ordering parts. When we got back the next morning, the coach was done and we were surprised with 1/2 off the bill—–kewl!

It had been 7 days since we first arrived in Nacogdoches.

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