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I Drove To Ozona, TX, July 16



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Old 07-18-2005, 09:42 PM   #1
 
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I Drove To Ozona, TX, July 16

Man, that's a long drive from northeast Dallas. I did it in 6.25 hours making two really short stops and one long stop (30+ gallons of fuel fill-up). Made it to Ozona just in time to get to Pepe's Cafe before closing time. Good food.

Sunday morning it was about a 30 minute drive out to my final destination. More on that destination in another posting and/or a different thread. Maybe this can be moved to another forum at that time. First order of the day was a good breakfast. The small group I linked up with in Ozona agreed to meet at the "cafe right next to Exxon" is what I recall saying. I topped off the jeep fuel and bought lunch snacks, then headed over for breakfast. I walk up to what I thought was the front door and see a sign that reads, "CAFE NEXT DOOR." I pause, look around, and think, "They are gonna be pissed at me since I told them to eat here and it's closed." Then I realized, that's the name of the place, The Cafe Next Door. Man, I needed some coffee for sure.

Departed 'final destination' about 6pm with Jersey still intact and ready for the long trek back to Dallas in flat tow mode. It's pretty desolate (population) out here, so I crank uip the speed and go as fast as I dare. Speedometer says I was doing 78mph and a couple times I busted 80 passing slowpokes Folks, that's fast when you're flat towing a jeep behind you. On Hwy 67 between Barnhart and San Angelo, I was doing 75+ and gradually approaching a Suburban, when I was surprised by red and blue lights suddenly appearing from the oncoming lane.

Damn. Oh well; maybe the fine won't be too high. I slowed and pulled over and so did the Suburban. For a split second I thought, "Hey, he wants the burb not me." Then Mr. Burb drove off. So now I think, "Ha, he'll go chase him and leave me alone since I have shown I'm a fine citizen by quickly pulling over." No such luck. I make sure I pull completely off the paved roadway (good solid easement). Ignition off, window down, remove hat and sunglasses, reach for wallet and begin removing DL. Keep hands high while searching for DL. I did it all right.

I got a warning ticket, even after he asked me how fast was I going. "Over 70 for sure sir." My opinion: no ticket because I could have argued the radar gun got the Suburban, not me," and I would have won that one in court. I kept it at 71 the rest of the way in. He never once said a word about the towed jeep with no license plates and no towing lights (not dark yet, but no brake lights as I pulled over). A trailer is supposed to have tags and lights, right?

Important note: when flat towing, it's a good idea to check tire pressures often after driving over/around/through cactus and mesquite and yucca.

Left front tire on the jeep blew/shredded at about 70mph, nearly 90 miles west of Dallas at approximately 12:30am. I wasn't carrying a spare. Before dark, I had noticed the tire bulging a little more than it was right after airing up in Ozona. But every station I passed didn't have AIR clearly marked, so I kept going til I spotted one (never did).

Had I noticed the blown tire 30 seconds later (um...yeah, it wasn't an instant "oh crap I blew a tire" kinda thing) this would have been a really bad deal. I was able to pull off the road just before I ran out of room going into construction. A LOOOONG stretch of construction. And when I say "just before running out of room" that is an under statement. Once completely inside the construction area, I would have had no choice but to drive on for about 10 miles. As it was, the shredded tire stayed on the rim and caused zero damage to the jeep.

My brother is in town this week and grabbed my stock (little) spare and brought it to me. While waiting for him to arrive, I prepped the jeep. Since neutral in the t-case still has the F/R outputs locked together, I must now disconnect the front driveshaft because the front (little spare) will be turning at a different rpm than the rear (35" tire). Can't leave the front disco'd without diso-ing rear. No sweat, I have nothing but time til my brother arrives. Left 'em both just hanging from the t-case; they ain't going anywhere.

Less than 10 minutes after my brother arrived we were rolling east. I laid down in my bed at 5:00am.

What a weekend.

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Old 07-21-2005, 10:00 PM   #2
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Ok... I'll ask... What'd you have to eat at the Cafe Next Door?



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yeah, where's the rest of the story?
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what'd he eat at Pepe's???
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Hell, I'm still waiting on the New Mexico story with the stock rental Jeep!
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Ole Hatch is slacking ain't he.... He even fergot his own B'day... tsk tsk tsk Wonder how I'll be when I'm THAT old??
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At Pepe's I had some standard tex-mex fare. Enchiladas, beans, rice, taco.

Cafe Next Door was a ham and cheese omelette with biscuits and hashbrowns.

Trail lunch was Wheat Thins and potted meat product (my fave for the trail) and viennas in barbeque sauce and Oreos and a Diet Dr. Pepper. I ate that lunch under a shade tree sitting at a picnic table at a pretty nice deer camp.

Supper at Wendy's in San Angelo around 8:30-9:00 on Sunday. Classic Single, double upsize on the fries.

Just as soon as I can, I will tell you more (much much more) about my actual reason for going to Ozona. But I can't yet.

Not much to tell about New Mexico and the rented Jeep. I only have foggy memories about that trip now. My Ozona trip was much more important.
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Oh...

There's at least 4 motels in Ozona. I stayed at the Travelodge. No complaints. If I make a trip to Ozona again (and I really really hope I do and think I will), I plan to take the camper and stay longer.
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So.. If you were to hazzard a guess. At what elevation would you have been while under that shade tree as opposed to the view you had looking in the surrounding area?
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Oh... I don't know.... I'd say I was at maybe 2200 feet above sea level and I was looking around at nearby stuff that was 2500 to 2600 feet above sea level (that's what TopoUSA told me). And I could see that stuff in every direction I looked. And it was relatively close to me. I could also see a lot of gently rolling ground. And there were several rugged little canyons I couldn't see but I knew were out there cuz I'd seen 'em earlier.
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Sounds like a nice place to picnic.
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Yep. It was a nice place for a lot of things.
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My opinion: no ticket because I could have argued the radar gun got the Suburban, not me," and I would have won that one in court. .
Be careful about that, the new gen of radars can track multiple targets in multiple lanes/directions.

Please do tell about the reason for Ozona, cause that's not far from me and I've been looking for some places to go 'froadin.
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I will report later on Ozona.
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My old deer lease was 30 miles, by air, from Ozona, one reason why I always have had a 4x4. Need one just to get to the hunting part of the lease. Beautiful canyons, lots of rocks. Not many people, except for the drug dealers that drive through. Only reason I'm not on that lease, 378 miles one way from my house. Good area to "Visit" Hatch, remember , that area is huge, if your visit doesn't work, lots and lots of land out there.
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Oh , by the way, Hatch, I live about 50 to 60 miles, from your little tire deal, give me a call next time, maybe I can help. You need a spare wheel?
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Oh , by the way, Hatch, I live about 50 to 60 miles, from your little tire deal, give me a call next time, maybe I can help. You need a spare wheel?
I may have a 15x7 and I now have 2 good spare 35s, but not sure I can get a 12.50 wide tire on a 7" rim. So...yes, I may be in need of a 15x8.
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