It's about time.

Many of you can relate to Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" and what we do to follow our dreams.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Getting Things Ready, Replacing The Air Filter, Delicious Pizza and Interesting Movie.

Our Location today is at Amarillo Ranch RV Park in Amarillo, Texas, U.S.A.

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After crossing into our second Time Zone Change since we left Quartzsite it wasn’t as easy to wake up this morning. It was 8:00 CDT when I woke this morning and even though the Window Shades were raised on most of the Windows the Rear Shade remained down until midmorning. The trailer is facing exactly in the opposite direction it did in Quartzsite so the rear is to the east and the nose to the west.

Luckily when Kathy got up at 8:30 the outside temperature had risen to 28 F (-2 C) because the Sun was starting to work its magic. Since we planned to spend a second day here we took our time enjoying Two Hot Cups while reading at the Computers. I was busy reading Blogs and Weather Forecasts of our planned route while Kathy was reading about areas that had been hit by Severe Storms. Some of those areas are where some of our RV Friends were last reported being in. 

After doing our normal inside chores Kathy had to do some research on some of the Expenditures we made for the Truck this year. While she was doing that I located our Canadian Cell Phones and set them along with our TracFones to charge. Looking outside the Park had gotten very empty from all the Transients that had stopped overnight having already pulled out. 

For lunch Kathy wanted to make something different so she fried up a Sliced Potato along with Grilled Bacon and Cheese Sandwiches while I peeled some Mandarin Oranges to go with cookies and Yogurt for dessert. It all tasted great and wasn’t overfilling.

We treated our Waste Tanks before we left Albuquerque in an attempt to clean the Sensors. Carrying that extra weight through Mountain Passes isn’t always the best but it was worth the try. I went out and dumped them but they didn’t clean out as much as we would have liked so we’ll try treating the Grey Tanks again in the morning but since this park has 90 PSI Water Pressure I’ll use the Black Tank Scrubber to hopefully clean it out a bit better. 

We needed to run a few errands so we drove down to Advanced Auto. Since we’ve been in the Desert our Air-Filter has gotten filled with lots of Dust. Even though you can sometimes remove some by gently tapping it we were noticing the Truck struggling the other day. Buying another Filter from the Ford Dealer would result in another Filter finding its way to the trash. Having read many Automotive Performance Magazines when I was told that one of my options was made by K&N Filter and they had the K&N Cleaning Kit for it I was sold. Kathy was a little shocked at the price but since its Washable and can be Reused over and over again that’s a savings over the Stock Filter.

We needed a few Groceries so I dropped Kathy at the door of Walmart and parked the Truck. After installing the new K&N Filter I tapped the old filter on the Asphalt and left a small pile of sand behind.

Inside Walmart after getting the Groceries we looked around and found a few more of the DVD Movies that were on Sale. Being that we had seen the Movie Trailers for some we saw today off of some of our recent viewings we snatched those for our collection. 

The temperature actually hit 61 F (16 C) this afternoon but with the lite north Breeze it felt cooler and we wanted to do some walking. It was still early in the afternoon so we then drove over to Big Lots where we found a few more things that we use. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been shopping at Big Lots for over Forty Years and their prices are better then Walmart’s. 

Our next stop was at Bealls for Kathy to look for some new tops but as usual they didn’t have anything she could use. 

Next door was Payless Shoes Source so we checked it out. The styles of the Shoes put too much pressure on her toes so she walked out empty handed again. 

Next door was a Dollar Tree so we thought we’d check that out. This is the first time we have been in any Dollar Tree that there was stock piled all along the aisles. Their shelves were already full. The Manager was talking to some regular customers saying he was working on his day off to try and straighten the mess. 

It was nearly 5:00 so we drove to Pizza Hut. Unlike the one in Albuquerque this one had tables to dine in. We wanted something different and found it in a Medium Chicken/Bacon/Tomato/Mozzarella Hand Tossed Pizza. It came to our table Steaming Hot out of the oven. We both found out just how hot on our first bite. Once it cooled just a bit it was delicious.

To save time in the morning we stopped to fuel the Truck before heading back to the Park. The place was filling up and there were hardly any spots left compared to when we left this afternoon.

We watched a Futuristic Movie this evening titled After Earth starring Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith. It was filled with action and made you think that this could actually happen. We both found it interesting and gave it a Seven out of Ten.

Tomorrow we’ll be heading towards Oklahoma City as the next stage in getting Home. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


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  1. A note of caution with the K&N Filters. I too was told by an auto parts store to save money using the "cleanable" filter rather than the stock Ford filter. After several engine problems and a $2000 total repair bill the Ford dealer recommended I throw out the K&N filter and replace it with the original style filter. That was 18 months ago and I have not had any problems since. Can't say for certain it was the filter but it sure seems that was the problem! Just my experience with no recommendation.

  2. I don't dump my tanks when I'm in the Southern States. I need all the weight I can get to keep from getting blown all over the road by wind. Probably doesn't help my uphill speed, but it's much more comfortable to drive.

  3. I like it that you rate the DVD movies you saw. Went by your review of the "White House Down" and agree it was good. There will be a lot less dust back home and you probably will find sand and dust on your rig for a long time to come.

  4. Yes, be careful with the K& N filters. I had one on our diesel motorhome, and one on our car. Both created problems and a very experienced mechanic recommended throwing them away. They are also a pain in the a## to wash, dry, and reload.

  5. By the above comments, you have some things to consider.

    Often when we travel thru Oklahoma we stay at Lucky Star Casino outside El Reno. Free and with full hookups!

  6. We had considered a K&N a while back in our little Nissen truck, but friends said no, it caused problems with their computer on their nissen truck, same as ours at that time. It was about 10 years ago, so they have changed since then?