Friday, 31 January 2014

Junction TX to South Padre Island TX (416 Miles)

Well, that was one long haul today! We were originally headed for Corpus Christi and Mustang Island State Park. That would have been about 210 miles away from South Llano State Park where we were last night. However, as we all know, “plans” can change. Whilst sitting at McDonald’s in Pleasanton, TX, we decide to continue on to South Padre Island, adding another 204 miles to our trip today but we think it was the right decision. Besides, we can hear the surf pounding on the other side of this small spit of an island…..

Anyway, back to the drive. We left the park about 9:00 am this morning (Friday).That was a super nice state park at South Llano River. We really enjoyed our very brief stay there. They had the most beautiful bathrooms that I think we have seen on this trip. Although it was pricey for a state run park ($28 like I mentioned in the last post) we still really loved it. And what about those armadillos??!!! That was worth the price of admission in itself!!
Nice to see trees again!!

Grey skies about 50 miles north of San Antonio but warm!

We thought we might actually get rained on.....gasp!!
But we did not!!

Super great highway system but also super fast!!



 The drive was totally on interstate highways. First we went out on Hwy 10 and around San Antonio (wow, what a set of overpasses that was. Then onto Hwy 37 and then Hwy 77 into S. Padre. But talk about W-I-N-D!!! Again, like yesterday, wind the whole way and quite nasty at times. The long drive didn’t bother us it was the constant fighting the wind that was fatiguing.

Old church just before San Antonio....

Downtown San Antonio


Killing time.....yawn!!

Doug's turn to drive!!

Yes, finally some heat, facing into the sun through the windows!!
34.5 C (95 F)

Huge oil refinery

Coming down Hwy 77, before S. Padre Island

Now, there's a sign we haven't seen before!!
Look at the height of this bridge over to the island!!






Doug had to put our fancy, schmancy party lights out,
just like the big boys all around us!!

Nice pool area, a little cool tonight.
We'll see tomorrow after our bike ride!

One of the restaurants close by, Pier 19
Doug had originally researched a “county” park here, Isla Blanca Park. It has hundreds of RV sites and is right on the south tip of South Padre. The reviews weren't the absolute best but we thought we should check it out anyway.  Well, upon inspection, to not mince my words, it was a total dump. Just because you are beside the marina and ocean, doesn’t mean that you should let the sites and bathroom become in ghastly state. Instead, we opted for the KOA, right next door. We haven’t ever gone to a KOA before, in all our years of camping. This one looks pretty nice, huh? They have great facilities (ie bathrooms!) and we were made to feel welcome, even in Euri. Sometimes that is not always the way. Lots of these parks in popular areas just like the big rigs and not “pop-ups” like us. It is more expensive and we have committed to 2 nights here (at $46 per night, including incredibly slow internet…..) We can stay for one more night if we want. We will see. They have a Commons room, little store, the nice pool and are right on the ocean as well. Breakfast is on tomorrow in the commons room for $3 each. No oatmeal tomorrow for us big spenders!!

Did I mention that we could hear the surf pounding??!!

We are super stoked to get out tomorrow and ride the bikes and see the beach. We will definitely be reporting back to you all. Maybe a little sunburned, but we will give the full report tomorrow!!


Thought for the Day:  They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night....Edgar Allan Poe


  1. Wow, $46.00 per night, outragious! Use ALL the facilities and get your monies worth! Nice to see the warmer climate though, you've been cold long enough.

    1. Yup, pretty expensive here but you are right about the warmer weather!! We needed it for sure!!

  2. We parked behind the Padre Island Brewery - nice. Looked like there were lots of boon docking spots in town or you could drive back to Port Isabel….. ouch!