Many apologies for the lack of posts, on here…things have been a bit hectic…and stressful, but I finally found some time to sit on my boney ass, and get caught up on things.
It’s time for more good places to get coffee, out on the road. After yet another trip from Michigan to south Texas…then to Dallas….then off to Del Rio, I had a hard time finding anyplace to get coffee at all. Well…I discovered a small place in Del Rio, Texas called River City Donuts and Coffee House at 500 Veterans Blvd (US Hwy 377/277/90). Not only do they serve-up free wifi, but they also serve-up some pretty good coffee. The staff is friendly, and the coffee is fresh. Back in the day, it used to be a Dunkin Donuts (Drunken Donuts)…and they don’t have any of that churched-up crap you find at Starschmucks…which is fine with me. I was told by one of the guys that works here, that people in Eagle Pass make the 50+ mile drive, just because it’s the closest coffee shop to them!
There’s a fair amount of parking, here…and you might be able to fit a straight truck in the lot, on a slow day.
Gorzugi’s: 2101 Dodson Ave. Del Rio, Tx:
This is probably one of the coolest bars i’ve ever been to. It’s located at an old driving range (read: flogging…ermm..golfing range). The only drawback to this place, is there’s no beer on tap….it’s all bottled beer at $2.50 a shot, for domestics. It’s pretty much all locals, that hang out here, with the exception of a few truckers and bikers, once in a while. The jukebox has some of the best classic rock ever found, including some old Genesis, Kansas, Pink Floyd, and Rush. The locals are friendly, the beer is cold…..can’t smoke inside, but there’s an outdoor bar so you can smoke, and still listen to the tunes. Great place to knock back some cold ones.
Stripes Convenience Store/Truckstop: Spur 239 Del Rio, Tx:
Don’t bother with this place, unless you’re just parking here for the night, and delivering in the morning. They have showers for $5, but they only provide towels…no washcloths. It’s not very clean, inside…neither are the showers. This place is also a zoo, in the mornings, too. The only advantage to parking here, is it’s the closest…and only place to park near 100 Jessica Ln…..which has freight forwarding warehouses, that some expediters are looking for…but won’t see on any maps…if you’re coming out of the front parking lot, go to the light (Garfield), hang a right….follow it until you see the fence (Mexican border). Turn right…go about a mile, or so….the road will bend to the right….the first street sign you will see reads Jessica Ln…it’s not really a street, it’s a driveway into the warehouses. Other than that, get out of Del Rio, when you deliver…nothing to see in town, except the two places I mentioned.
Mr. Cartender Travel Center: Eagle Pass, Tx. @ US Hwy 277/57 intersection:
This place used to be ok..not sure what happened to it, but it’s going down the toilet. I’m thinking this place has a problem with bugs. There were 2 dead beetles, and a live one, in the TV lounge…which makes me wonder where else inside they’re at…which is why I won’t eat any of the fresh food made here (it’s also overpriced). I don’t think they even know what real coffee is, either…looked like dark colored water, to me. Showers are $5, but you have to supply your own washcloth. The men’s restroom is nothing to write home about, either…there’s a small trash can in each stall…usually filled with toilet paper that has already been used for its intended purpose….not cool…..too bad the local health department doesn’t care about it. No wireless internet here (Mc Donald’s is about a mile away..though I was told there wasn’t one in town), and $5 for a parking pass, which has to be on your dash…there are signs all over the parking lot about the fee, but i’m not sure how many actually pay, or how much they can enforce it. Bottom line: don’t park or stop here, if you don’t have to. Laredo is approximately 150 miles from here…El Paso is almost 500…Houston…about 340…keep on truckin’…nothing to see, here.