Tuesday, October 11, 2016

On the Road: Winstar Casino RV Park to Ft. Richardson State Park

Today was moving day for us. We moved from Winstar Casino RV Park in Thackerville, Oklahoma, to Fort Richardson State Park in Jacksboro, Texas. I don’t have a map for the trip as I normally do, but the route we followed is I-35 from Thackerville to Denton, Texas, then west on US 380 to Jacksboro. Total distance for this trip is right at 100 miles. Now, there are a couple of shorter routes, but we had a stop along this route to make.

We left Winstar about 10:30 this morning. We pulled onto Interstate 35, crossed the Red River into Texas, then promptly exited almost immediately at the Texas Travel Center. We spent a while browsing the brochures, booklets, maps, and other literature planning future Texas adventures. We made a pretty good haul, so we’ll pore over all of these items the next several nights, or weeks, and plan future treks. There’s always a new adventure waiting just around the bend.

After that short break, we hopped back on I-35, passed through Gainesville, then gladly hopped off about half an hour later at exit 471 so that we could stop in at Camping World. I really don’t care much for I-35; I’ve said that before. Traffic is always heavy, the trucks drive way too fast, and the cars drive even faster. In fact, just before our exit, a fifth wheel flew by us. I was driving 65, my limit when towing, but this guy made me feel like I was standing still. Wouldn’t you know it, he pulled into Camping World just ahead of us. And as he circled around to park his big rig, he clipped a pickup, doing damage to both his trailer as well as the innocent pickup. Some folks just don’t take driving these big rigs seriously enough.
Anyway, we had a shopping list of parts to pick up at Camping World, and we always enjoy browsing the aisles of these places. We were able to find what we needed, then ambled back to our rig. We noticed the crazed fifth wheel driver and the pickup owner were inspecting the damage done.


We stayed on the service road for the short distance to US 380, which was the next intersection. We turned west. This is a 4-lane highway, and there was some construction under way for the first few miles. There were a lot of trucks on this stretch hauling dirt, gravel, sand or something. They were going in both directions, and continued all the way until Bridgeport.

At Bridgeport, the road narrows to 2 lanes. Just west of Bridgeport, we crossed an arm of Lake Bridgeport, which is a rather pretty lake. Traffic began to die out here. As we neared Jacksboro, we enjoyed a couple of passing lanes, but the traffic wasn’t too bad along this stretch.

Once in Jacksboro, we pulled into the park, our home for the next 2 nights.

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