Whats that? we give way to the ?

Trip Start May 14, 2013
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Trip End Jul 21, 2013


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Monday, June 24, 2013

Texas, 
 June 24th to July 3rd 2013
 
Northern Hemisphere, goes Roadtripping - first Vehicle............... OUR 23ft RV!
 
"Everything is bigger in Texas"

 Well as you may have worked out, we set out from Chicago on route for Dallas, Texas. Our flight in was smooth, until getting out of the Dallas Int airport. It took us over an hour to exit the airport and then a shuttle to go a 30min drive to pick up our new home for the next ten days. Lets just say, everything and by everything I mean everything is bigger in Texas! The airport, the roads oh and don't get me started on the vehicles!
 
After some paperwork and more waiting around we departed the workshop from where we had hired our RV. (a tiny 23ft long 4 berth E23, Freedom Elite.  our beautiful Beast!!!!!) 
So the initial take off, well the gears are by the steering column (on first noticing this, I was thinking to myself, My God, I hope I remember learning to drive Dads old panalvan, that had manual gears on the steering column) But fortunately Unlike Dads manual gears, these are automatic, so a lot simpler! Next taking the handbrake off. Well you pull a release button, but I learned be prepared for another pedal to come flying out from under the dash when you do this! so watch where you put your feet!!, Ok so brake off, in gear, mirrors checked. 1,2,3 ready to go.................... still stationary.............. ok try again, 1,2,3....go......still stationary, Sh*t Jen, which side do I pull out onto??????????
 
After some detailed conversations and spying on other cars, I accelerated out into the car park! All good so far, I think??, the lack of cars in the car park made it very difficult to know if I was driving on the right side of the road! But I will say, I bravely entered the road and proceeded to the HWY entry. Now I will just take this time to point out, that of course as everything is bigger in Texas and the HWY's don't get missed out! I'm talking about on average 4 to 5 lanes each way, bridges crossing over in so many directions all at once. There's even a name for it, they are called the mix masters......... for obvious reasons, if you're still not following, checkout the photos!!! Now just to make sure that this is all up to the TEXAS big enough standards, all HWY's have a normal road of 1 to 2 lanes each way running parallel to them on each side of the HWY! everywhere has this system. I will say though, once you get the hang of it, it is really quite convenient.........Just remember give way to traffic merging from behind you on the right! ......trust me this can be tricky, but my oh my, very important to get right!
 
So we punched the Arlington RV park into our GPS and continued on the FWY to our first home. This of course was an overwhelming trip, as it was the first time I had driven as opposed to ridden on the Right (wrong for us Aussies) side of the road since South America, and well that was four years ago. So my nerves were a little rattled and my knuckles tight on the steering wheel, after all this wasn't a motorbike, it was a heavy heavy big beast, on many many many big hwys, roads and amongst many many many big big trucks (utes)......... But I will say the Northern Texans are so polite, friendly and kind, they are very good at giving way! Thank God!
 
We arrived at our first home and after some slight inaccuracies in entering the park on the correct side of the road and giving way etc..........  (I assure you, just little teething problems..... no one was hurt!) we parked up and set out to learn how to connect up all our amenities and plumbing lines etc........ (not so pretty but very convenient!). With the blinds closed over we cooked our dinner and caught up on some shut eye. We woke the next morning ready to adventure out into Fort Worth, Dallas to see what the Texans are all about!
 
Ye All Come back now ye hear!
 
next Fort Worth............
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Shan on

You girls are brave.....I would have been way to chicken to drive let alone drive something that big!! Kudos :)

kristy Ramshaw on

LOL you go girls, Jen you dib's my seat. I'd be sitting in the passenger too! lol
Keep rolling girls ......

Michelle Loftus on

You go girl! I know exactly how you are feeling because we picked up our Citroen Jumpy 9 seater turbo diesel the other day and unlike the roads in Texas, the roads in France are narrow, with one lane tunnels and switchbacks up and down hills like you wouldn't believe! I had my first drive today and it all felt so weird......gears on the wrong side, driving on the wrong side! All in one piece though so good. Oh man, so have to share travel stories when we get home! Love it!

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