Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Road Trip 2013 Preparations

We are gearing up for the move. Road tripping across a couple states is fairly simple. Toss in a couple of very young kids, a big shaggy dog and trailer full of stuff then things become a lot more interesting.

I got to thinking about it from a preparedness standpoint. Obviously maps are very important. A GPS, while it does not replace maps, is so useful, especially when detours or mistakes lead you off track. Water is a particular concern down here in the South West so carrying plenty of it is a sound move. Some extra fuel, oil and coolant plus a few basic spare tools are prudent. More stuff makes sense depending on your skill level and vehicles needs.

As to guns a few will be readily accessible. A full sized pistol and a CCW piece for me, Wifey's .38 and some sort of long gun. Haven't decided on what for the long gun yet, probably a rifle of some sort. This may be one of those places a folding stock AK which fits into a duffel bag has a role.

For carrying the full sized pistol I'll be using a Galco Miami Classic. Part of the drive to stay legal I'll need to open carry anyway so why not have the benefits of a full sized handgun. The small one could go AIWB or pocket depending on the situation.

Since I have gotten a lot more organized with systems our gear, food, etc is a lot easier. BOB's will go someplace we can grab them fairly fast and that covers it. Just grabbing a bag and knowing we are good is very comforting and much easier than grabbing random individual pieces. Am going to make sure there is a spare Solo Stove in Wifey's bag (I've tried hard to keep it real light) and the Camp Knife will go into my bag where it's going to live anyway. That'll pretty much cover it.

We aren't going to be driving too far per day which should help with the kids. Basically we are going to hop onto 10 then not get off till Houston. Looking forward to seeing New Mexico and a lot of Texas, more than the brief glimpse I had some years back. Hoping to check out the Alamo if we have the time to spare.

Over the next couple weeks blogging will be catch as catch can.


Anonymous said...

Ryan, good luck on the road. Be safe, we are looking forward to some progress reports.

Neill said...

Having recently made a 4 day, 28 hour trip with 4 adults and two children that was as pleasant as it could be, I found GPS to be indispensable. It was a hastily arranged trip for a relatives funeral, and in hindsight, printed directions for each destination would have made an excellent backup. Maps are also a good suggestion. Before the Internet, I like the Delorme state maps, . The newer ones came with Latitude/Longitude grid lines.

Anonymous said...

The 1-10 stretch from El Paso to Kerrville is pretty lonely, with a lot of 'Wiley Coyote' scenery in between. Take plenty of water and some light snacks.

In between San Antonio and Houston is pretty populated, plenty of towns to pull over and find a place to rest and eat. Try and time travel time through SA and Houston before or after rush hour, traffic can get pretty insane.

I was Texas born and raised and have traveled most of it. If its one thing I've learned, its too darn big - you need at least a day and half to cross it traveling with two kids.

Give them break times from vehicle at least every 2 - 3 hours, as long as they know it isn't forever, you are fine. Keep a 64 oz soft drink cup handy, very handy for car sick kids, my daughter has used it more than once.

Have fun and good traveling!

Ryan said...

DesertRatJack, Thanks. I'll try to do something.

Neill, We've got a GPS and maps.

@4:40, Yes, It looks like there is a whole lot of nothing there. We plan on short days with plenty of breaks.

Anonymous said...

If you are north of Albuquerquie the Pecos Wilderness area has lots of free camping and beautiful scenery. Did a 6 day backcountry trip and summited Pecos Baldie. Becareful though, they dont call it the land of "entrapment" for no reason...


Ryan said...

Ginga, Thanks for the advice. New Mexico is going to be a drive strait through sort of state.

Anonymous said...

We drove back home (South of Houston) from Sedona last May. Hampton Inn in Van Horn, Texas is a good place for a mid point stopover. Chuy's is a really good local restuarant there. 10 used to go through all the towns, Fort Stockton, Van Horn etc. Now you can barely see anything of them from the interstate. Watch your gas level especially at night. It is a long ways between towns and some of them (almost) shutdown at night. 80 MPH speed limit for some of it. I enjoyed the scenery. Have a great trip.

Anonymous said...

Buccee's on the Interstate at Luling a little ways from San Antonio, is a good stop off point, for food, gas etc. Nicest bathrooms anywhere on the Interstate.

Harry Flashman said...

I've had a couple of Miami Classics for many years. They are excellent rigs. Old Sonny Crockett would be proud.

Aesop said...

Shorter legs is better.

Did Texas twice, solo, in straight shots, once from El Paso to Texarkana, and once from Houston to El Paso, transitting to and from Swamp Lejeune to L.A., with a side trip to Polk on the return.

It's 16 hours non-stop, that way. Smaller bites are definitely less of a trial, esp. with tiny ones.
Personally, my back was curved to the shape of the car seat for a week afterwards.

Happy trails and safe passage to you all.

Ryan said...

AlCON, Our plan is for pretty short days. Like 250-320 miles. Basically turning a 3 day trip into more like 5. That way we can have the flexibility to stop at rest stops for the kid to run around and have some time to relax in the late afternoon.

Anonymous said...

There's a border patrol checkpoint east of El Paso. Expect at least a walk-around by the drug dog and maybe a little more if they're feeling froggy and giving everybody the colonoscopy that day.

Absolutely there ain't much east of El Paso for quite a ways, with variable cell service, and it's summer, so keep that in mind for your preps, including vehicle condition (tires and fluids) and the holy trinity: hydration, hydration, and hydration.

And, if-n it was me, I'd be damn careful where I stopped in Houston. That ain't the place to be cutting corners on choice of lodging. The one and only time I ever had to pull a pistol as a civilian was in Houston. That was 30-years ago, and Houston ain't done nuthin' but get worse since then. Just sayin'.

The place to go for Mexican in San Antonio is Mi Tierra in the Mercado and if you can wrangle a side trip to Lockhart as you go east, the places for barbecue are, in no particular order, Black's, Kreuz (pronounced "Kritz" to rhyme with kites) and Smitty's. The later two being splits within the same family, and the first one, I am told, is preferred by most of the locals. As a non-local, all three are pretty dang good as far as I'm concerned.


Ryan said...

H, Thanks for the warning. As to the BP checkpoints I currently live like 5 miles from Mexico. Have had a bit of contact with the BP which has been fine. Granted being white, not sketchy looking and middle class probably helps considerably there.

As to Houston thanks for the warning. I think our lodging plans are in the burbs someplace and we'll be with some folks who live there but I will keep my head on a swivel.

Thanks for the info on food in San Antonio.

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