This is the first time I and Kismet have ever left Texas together – and now I’m back in my state of birth! Today was a much better travel day than yesterday, but I definitely find I tire more easily after driving 200 miles a day than I used to. So instead of a quick overnighter as I had intended here at Travel America’s RV Park near Shreveport, I’ve decided to stay another night and rest more. Lots of work to do tomorrow for a client, anyway. Plus I really want to get my page(s) done on my time at Texas Custom Coach. I so appreciate all their good work and took hundreds of pictures and video, so it’s taking me a while to go through them all.
Anyway, when I first arrived, I was greeted warmly by the manager, Evelyn. She really was one of the nicest managers I’ve ever checked in with, and I especially appreciate her guiding me into the site rather than just handing me a map or pointing the site out to me. During check-in, she told me to make note of the bathroom/laundry building code because that’s where people are supposed to gather if there’s another tornado like last week. “Another” tornado??? Last week???
She showed me some of the damage, which was relatively minor through the park itself.
Besides this little roof being mostly blown off, and a lot of the beautiful plants that had just started blooming were blown apart, the only other damage was a couple of cracked limbs in trees and a fallen power line. She said it generated so much hail, that even though pea-sized, she couldn’t easily open the door to the office afterward.
It’s hard to see in this picture, but that’s the stump of a fallen power line next to the remaining pole and at the right, the top of the tree branch that is cracked.
There was some damage to a couple of RVs on one end of the park – one 5th wheel had his roof peeled halfway off and another the ACs tore off the roof.
Thankfully, none of the other beautiful large pine trees here were damaged or downed.
But in the lot just next door at the Mid Continent Inn…
…the roof was more heavily damaged with tar paper and debris blown across the road. These May 16 reports from Shreveport Times show a lot of damage to RVs blown over at another nearby RV Park and more pictures of the motel showing much more roof damage and hanging pieces over the roof.
I came right in and checked with Weather.com to make sure things look a lot clearer now and, thankfully, they do.
Here I am all settled in this nice, long pull-through site. The pretty Crepe Myrtle stops my awning from going out all the way, but I’m okay with that.
Yes, it’s close to I-20 and, yes, there’s a truck stop on the other side of the motel, but it’s situated enough back that I don’t hear any highway noise from inside my coach. Overall I’m very satisfied and happy my friend, Sharon, turned me on to this stop. At $22/night (Good Sam) for 50 amps, pull-through with full hookups, I’m glad I have the option for another night or so of rest before hitting the road to Mississippi.