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The Motorcoach Resort

One of the longest legs in our drive to California. From Van Horn, Texas to Chandler, Arizona. About five hundred and thirty miles, give or take a few. We left Van Horn early in the morning, 6:45am and we reached The Motorcoach Resort just before 4pm. Ten hours behind the wheel, taking into account a time zone change as we crossed state lines.

The entrance into the Motorcoach Resort is not grandiose by any means. It looks downright industrial as a matter of fact.

Our reservation was in a box on a sign by the entrance gate. Site 9. Here are a few shots of our site.

There are only 32 sites at the Motorcoach Resort. The resort is situated right beside the Interstate, I-10. We thought that the highway noise might be an issue but it really wasn’t. Or we can just thank Newmar for a well insulated coach.

We spent a few days here recovering from what has amounted to a pretty major drive from Florida to California. Only four more hours to get to our final stop in Indio, California.

As I write this post, we are now in Indio, California. Desert Shores is a stunning property, easily one of the top resorts in the country. My only concern with Desert Shores?

Too many Newells. Way too many.

A clip of our drive from Van Horn to Chandler.

We were stopped at a checkpoint in New Mexico. Fear struck deep largely because of this story.

About a month ago, the 27-year-old was driving through Georgia to Tennessee, where she had just completed a master’s degree in geology. Nield’s route took her along the I-75, which is often used by Canadians making the trek to and from Florida.

That’s where she was pulled over for speeding, and the officer asked to see her licence. Nield handed over her Ontario driver’s licence, but wasn’t prepared for the officer’s reaction.

“She kept saying, ‘No, Canadian licences are not accepted,'” said Nield. “I was flabbergasted. I just kept saying this can’t be right — a Canadian licence is always valid.”

Nield told CBC Toronto she was then asked to prove she was Canadian and although she had copies of her passport, Nexus card, and birth certificate on her phone, the officer wanted to see an original hard copy.

“When I failed to produce it, she reached through the window of my car and she put handcuffs on me,” said Nield.

“She told me that I have just been arrested for driving without a licence and that I needed to go to jail.”

It is not always easy being a Canadian.

Van Horn RV Park

An overnight stay. In the dirt. But with a lot of Texas character.

Our travel plan, when we left Myakka River Motorcoach Resort on February 6th, looked like this:

The drive from Alsatian RV Resort to Van Horn RV Park was one of the longest legs of our trip clocking in at almost nine hours behind the wheel. We were now better than halfway across the southern United States.

There are very few choices in places to stay in this part of Texas. I must admit that our arrival into Van Horn RV Park was not very promising.

Entering the park confirmed my suspicion that this was really not much more than a dirt field.

There was character here. Especially with a few of the rigs that were clearly planted for the long term. Those of us looking for an overnight stay were placed in a faraway corner of the park. Safety in numbers I guess.

There was a certain rustic charm to the place. We walked back out to the sign thoroughly enjoying the experience of being in this part of Texas.

The sign does say free WiFi. And you definitely get what you pay for namely unusable WiFi. I couldn’t pull in any cellular either. Unplugged for the day.

The toad was covered in dirt. I found a spray wash about two miles from the RV park and gave the car a bit of a bath. Detailing the coach and toad will have to wait until we get to California.

We made a decision to drop our next stop on the way. Hacienda RV Resort, a mere three hour drive from Van Horn RV Park, was cancelled and our stay at the Motorcoach Resort in Chandler, Arizona, extended.

A very long day behind the wheel to get to the Motorcoach Resort.

Here is a quick video of our trip from Alsatian to Van Horn. Aside from the congestion in San Antonio, the drive was wonderful.