Day 1

Whew!  What a day!  I started at 7 am and got to Tucumcari in 3 hours.  I found the KOA, checked in and plugged in and went back to the office to ask about wifi. Well, the last big storm knocked it out and they haven’t fixed it. I put on my bathing suit and went for a dip in their freezing pool. It felt good. I met a behavioral psychologist and her son the student, car salesman. A big-built heavily-tattooed guy pulled upon a big beautiful new bike with pale gold body and fenders, and she, the psychologist said, “If he robs the place, duck under the water ! Behavioral psychologist ?  He turned out to be Robert, who runs one of the local gyms in town, and was very nice.  We talked about art and antiques. After 3 hours the car was charged enough to get me to Amarillo. I set the cruise control to 63 mph and just cruised. Easy driving.  The car is awesome to drive.  So quiet I can hardly hear the 18 wheelers as they pass.

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Charging in Tucumcari

The KOA in Amarillo was pretty nice.  I parked between a couple of huge RV’s on blocks and plugged in.  I was charging at about 28 mph.  I went into the rec room to post this blog and there was hardly enough bandwidth to send an e-mail, never mind posting images. I struggled with that for a couple of hours while I watched Sweet Home Alabama on their TV.  I talked to some nice people next to me who had photographed my car and wanted to know all about it.

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Amarillo KOA

My next leg was to be 160 miles, and the wind was howling, so I had to charge a little bit extra to account for the conditions (almost not enough as I found out later).  So I spent about 4 1/2 hours in Amarillo.  too long, even though I could have gone on a hayride around the RV park.  Something I have never done before.
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So, as the sun was setting I headed to Elk City, Oklahoma.  The KOA was about 15 miles past Elk City, and my miles showed about 45 on the car, so I slowed down to 60 and cruised to exit 50.  The KOA was just over the freeway, but there was no indication how to get there.  I saw a small KOA sign and went on that road until it led me into the darkness and a dirt road.  I was now into the 30’s of miles left and getting nervous.  I finally found the right way to get there (opposite of what I did).  I asked this morning about the sign, and their response was, “oh yea, the arrow fell off that sign a long time ago.”  Classic!
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So I pull into the campground at around midnight, find my spot and plug in the car.  I rented a camping cabin, which is a cabin with a mattress.   I threw down the sheets and slept.
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