Originally Posted by jimmyaustintx
It looks like you were about a half mile from my place off FM 620, and the old store been there for at least 100 yrs in the same family in Ledbetter where they still make the old fashion milk shakes behind the orig soda fountain about 60-70 miles east of Austin on hwy 290 and the road you took is winding for sure motorcycles love that rd. Where did you stay as you know now there is a different way to where you ended up at .
That road was insane! There was what looked like a Ford club following behind us at ridiculously slow speeds which was led by a new Ford GT...Nice cars & perfect road for it! I gotta ask my wife again what the address was as I am not at all familiar with Austin. Mapquest conveniently forgot to mention the left onto 620 which lead to the nightmare
I wanted to catch up with some fellow skoolies on the trip but with my wifes family being there (they all came specificaly to meet me & our new baby) I didn't have the ground to stand on for making that decision!
Well here is some more of the trip...hope I am not boring everyone with so many photos...
This was West Texas when the mountains started to get big, on the way to El Paso... This got us excited as we had lived in FL for a long time & seeing even hills is a nice change!
Another random stop to prevent the bus from over heating & a quick diaper wiper! This kid had more toys for the long trek!
Just outside NM
Hand-held time exposures at a rest stop...I like em!
Eddie (the king) & Yoda
We had many hills to climb on the way to our property, NONE - I repeat NONE worse than his one, on RT60, only about 20 miles or so from the cabin...
HOLY CRAP this was an incredible incline! You can see in the photos how steep it is & the elevation is about 7000 feet where the bus is making it hard to breath for both me & the bus! My wife was ahead of me when I had no choice but to pull over. She finally stopped close to the top of the hill & our batteries on the 2 ways were now dead so I had to hike it up...
The bus did make it about 4 miles further than a stick & staple diesel pusher that had overheated & was sitting along side the road! The views are what got us to move... It is so isolated out here & just plain beautiful...
We now take this road on a regular basis to get supplies & driving this hill is a blast...
AAAAH... this is the view from about halfway up the back of the property from a porch swing that hangs in a tree, along with my lil girl givin' a wave with momma!
The Buffice parked in a prime location, ready for me to run our off-grid business out of!
We had some astronomers in town the other day & some friends took us to hang out in the subdivision to see the stars. This is just before the sun set. We got to see a comet, Jupiter & 5 moons, the Milky way up close & personal & much more... very cool!
Just happened upon this... reminds me of CHEESE-WAGON's avatar, just a different finger!
OH YEA, almost forgot...
SO I made it 2,138 miles without an incident...then the last 50 yards to the cabin there was this tree, & this soft ground... I rounded the last of the 5-6 90 degree bends & got a little too close the the large brach on this Pinon Pine & yep, the rear tires sank into the ground, the bus went off-kilter & I slammed the side of the bus into the Pinon! ****... I had to keep going or I would have pinned the bus to the tree making it immobile so I gunned it & only took out 3 windows! Oh-well, I figured on skinning those windows anyway, just sucks... Thats what I get for not scouting out the driveway first & instead I went like Geronimo cause I just wanted to get home!
One of our neighbors scootin thru our yard...
Yep, we have an outhouse!
My wife putting up a toilet roll holder...
Well thats about it for now... have more photos to post later!