Friday, March 24, 2017

Winding Down

After several weeks of family visits (aka being on someone else’s time schedule),  we drove to Tyler, TX and parked ourselves in a tiny, quiet (except for road noise) rv park.  Our first full day to ourselves we had decided to take an all day bike ride, but glowering overcast and light fog caused us to rethink our plans.  We came up with a short ride to Mineola for lunch.  Our rv park is on FM 14 (FM designates an original farm to market route.)  From there we picked up CR 323 to TX 69.  As bike rides go it’s not the greatest.  The road is pretty consistent all the way. The good news is that it is mostly country.  It passes only through the burg of Swan and the town of Lindale before it reaches Mineola at TX 80.


When we travel between our sons in Van Alstyne and Kilgore we always drive through Mineola; we also always say that we are going to eat at this place one day.  Today was the day we gave the East Texas Burger Co. a try.


The inside is an open seating area of booths and tables and chairs. You walk to the right end  the counter, peruse the menu, and place your order. You walk to the left end of the counter, grab a glass and get your drink, then find a place to sit.  A waitress will bring your order to you.  Their main item is burgers of course, but they do have other sandwiches on the menu.


While you wait (and eat), you can peruse the personal messages painted on the walls or written on napkins pinned underneath.


After lunch we perused the antique/flea market shops on either side of the restaurant, then let the Eagle soar back the way we came.


North of Tyler we stopped by the Tyler Oaks RV Resort to see if we may want to stay there sometime in the future.  The park is very nice, and can truly claim the title of ‘resort’.  It boasts two ponds, dog park, putting green, horseshoes, playground, swimming pool, laundry, exercise room, activity center, showers, and propane sales in addition to 117 sites.  About 1/3 of these are pull-thru and 20 w/e only. 


The sites are on concrete and gravel, with plenty of space for extra vehicles.  There were  problems for us were two-fold: location—too far away from doctors and pickleball courts, and it was $40 more a month.


Back we went to our little “hovel”.  The Northgate RV and Mobile Home Park.  The whole place is home to two streets of mobile homes (about 70) and


ten rv sites.  The concrete parking spaces are long enough for big rigs and a small vehicle, and are close where they share electric posts.  The door sides are wide enough to accommodate slides and extra vehicle parking.  Our site is on the far end and can accommodate our duelly.


There are two buildings open to rvers—the office/showers


and the 24-hr laundry.  The laundry takes up the right end of this building.  The equipment is old and a bit rusty on the outsides, but the tubs are clean.


This place has two things that appeal to us:  proximity to doctors and security.  I feel safe walking for exercise any time day or night.  Since we are staying only a week for follow-up doctors’ appointments, this place suits us.

Next—good news and not so good.

Louise and Duane

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