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USA Road Trip -last doughnut in Snyder, Texas.

Updated on December 12, 2012
Xmas decorations in USA are big
Xmas decorations in USA are big
Matilda-our trusty transport for 6 months
Matilda-our trusty transport for 6 months | Source
Ice on the windscreen
Ice on the windscreen
Even the artesian well is frozen
Even the artesian well is frozen | Source
Crystal Lake is frozen
Crystal Lake is frozen
Memory signs for people who died during the year
Memory signs for people who died during the year | Source
Our journey completed
Our journey completed

On the last lap back where we started.

On to Fort Worth were according to the weather reports it was snowing. A night with old school friend Ivan Uys and his delightful wife Annie to share stories of times past and identify birds that we had photographed along the way but could not find in the bird guides. They share a passion for birding with us. Then a night in Wichita Falls, to do some last minute shopping, our last before arriving back with Charlie and Joy in Woodward, where the trip started. It is a strange co-incidence that we spent the first night of our epic 6 month trip in Wichita, Kansas and our last in Wichita Falls, Texas.

The secondary road 181 that passes through north Texas and the Oklahoma Panhandle goes through many small and some not so small towns. It is lunch time and we are approaching Snyder, just another dot on our Rand McNally road map that has stood us in good stead for the past 5 months. We will buy something at the McDonalds there, right! Wrong! The only place that looks like it could remotely supply something to eat is a café called ‘the Water hole’ and after looking through the dismal lunch leftovers on display at 13.15, a few onion rings and two sad looking black sausages, we settle for the last doughnut and two cups of coffee. It is a pleasant surprise to get to Clinton were we previously visited the excellent Route 66 Museum (now on interstate 45) were the town is thriving, and we stop at Dairy Queen for two Chicken Wraps on special for $3.

Many of the towns in these rural areas are looking like ghost towns with businesses and schools closed down and boarded up, somewhat similar to the depopulation of the ‘platteland’ as we have experienced in South Africa. Rather sad when you drive through a town like Roosevelt, Oklahoma with such a great name and see the almost ghost town appearance. The look on the face of the attractive young lady who served us in Snyder when I commented ‘things are quiet here in Snyder’ said it all. I could not help but wonder what circumstances kept her there.

Then it is on to Woodward and our friends and benefactors who supplied Matilda, finding Charlie putting finishing touches to their glorious Christmas decorations that included a huge blow up snowman! It was good to be “home again” and Matilda did Charlie and us proud. 16 520 miles of practically trouble free motoring. Leaving Woodward on July 2 in a heat wave with temperatures of over 100 and arriving back on Dec 3 with temperatures well below freezing. It was 12 degrees Fahrenheit last night and 37 at midday. We visited almost all the states in a big circle around this beautiful country, 35 in all. Apart from the many odds and ends we collected we also gathered bag load of great experiences that we had never even dreamed we could have!


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    • Johan Smulders profile imageAUTHOR

      Johan Smulders 

      5 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Wish we could do the rest soon. Thanks for the comments.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That sure was a great trip around the US. You should be pleased with the area that you covered.

    • Gill Harris profile image

      Gill Harris 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      So much more to still see. When do you leave for the next trip?

    • Johan Smulders profile imageAUTHOR

      Johan Smulders 

      5 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Take time off and do it. We did it and will never regret it.Thanks for the comments

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      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I have always wanted to go on a road trip like this. I always tell people I will drive to Alaska someday. On the way there, I want to go through parts of the U.S. I have never been too. On the way back, I want to go through Canada and stop at the Hudson Bay. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and awesome.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Sounds like you had quite a trip judging from that map and knowing that you visited 35 states. You must have some great memories!


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