Excerpt from “APRIL 19”

Published September 5, 2015

Gone to the Dogs – In Search of the Best Ballpark Hotdog by Tom Lohr

Excerpt from “APRIL 19”:

The next day was a Saturday, and I’d set my sights on running in a 5K that was
part of the New Mexico-Texas Adventure Race, which included a full
marathon and a half marathon. The event started at a community college in
Hobbs, New Mexico. After the RockHounds game, I aimed my trusty steed west
on the back roads. Around midnight, I rolled into the Wal-Mart parking lot in
Hobbs.

Wal-Marts are the evening destination for many travelers. Whether you love or
hate Wal-Mart, they are traveler and RV friendly. Ever pull into a Wal-Mart in the
evening and see an RV parked in the back-forty of the parking lot? They are spending
the night there. There are, of course, no RV hook ups, but by using the
onboard systems, an avid RVer can save a night’s hook-up fees by boondocking in
the parking lot. Most, but not all, Wal-Marts either welcome or turn a blind eye
to the temporary squatting. Some rules of thumb when parking there for the night
in order to keep in the manager’s good graces are to park far away from the main
entrance, arrive mid to late evening, and leave relatively early the next morning.
Most users will repay the store’s hospitality by buying breakfast or stocking up on
supplies from the store they slept near the previous evening.