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Old February 22nd, 2019, 12:35   #16
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They are all kind of like the "WalMart" in nowhere gas station.
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Old February 22nd, 2019, 13:25   #17
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Not a truck stop but can't beat our bucc-ees here in Texas. https://tinyurl.com/y27cvfjb . Hogtraps, deer stands, deer corn, beef jerky, 5% biodiesel, coffee , breakfast tacos, shark bait (whole bonita and stingray), fishing junk pretty much anything.
I like the one we have in Alabama also. Thats a big ass gas station. Weird thing is they sell food, but nowhere to eat it. I saw a bunch of folks tailgating it in the parking lot.
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Old February 22nd, 2019, 13:32   #18
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They are all kind of like the "WalMart" in nowhere gas station.
Getting big for sure. Used to live right by their HQ in LJ. Rather go there than some dumpy raghead station with sketchy pumps and bathroom. Seem like we spend 100 bucks everytime we stop at one.
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Old February 22nd, 2019, 21:04   #19
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I don't go to either of those kinds of stations. I am only there for fuel. I can understand why a trucker might like some of the things offered there, not necessarily a regular motorist though. It is nice that they have 100 pumps or more but the ones I have been to are always crowded regardless and jockeying to find an open pump. Their prices for things there are pretty expensive I thought as well. My brother had me stop at one on our way back from Kansas to Texas. It was very nice and clean, offered a lot, and the food choices were very good and quality seemed excellent. Getting any fuel though was a huge exercise as it seemed almost every pump was being used and/or blocked by people shopping in the warehouse sized building. I much prefer a smaller, regular sized, quality station. When I am traveling I have no need for 99.9% of the other stuff they are selling. I might use the restroom and buy a drink when stopping. For meals I would rather a nice sit down restaurant to take a break and have a nice meal. Who buys a smoker or hog trap when traveling?
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Old February 23rd, 2019, 05:44   #20
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They're catering to family travelers. Just like stuckey's back when I was young. Was in one in FL recently minus the grill but still the same, they have more interesting stuff than Bucee's. Aisles of knives and collectables, then when you checkout theres a bin with plastic brass knuckles for cheap.

I'll never forget "The Thing" in NM. As a 10 yr old, I was riding in the back seat seeing billboards for at least 100 miles - so you know they had to stop for me .

BTW, whatever happened to TITS? (Texas Interstate Truck Stops)
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Old February 24th, 2019, 09:03   #21
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They're catering to family travelers. Just like stuckey's back when I was young. Was in one in FL recently minus the grill but still the same, they have more interesting stuff than Bucee's. Aisles of knives and collectables, then when you checkout theres a bin with plastic brass knuckles for cheap.
I'll never forget "The Thing" in NM. As a 10 yr old, I was riding in the back seat seeing billboards for at least 100 miles - so you know they had to stop for me .

BTW, whatever happened to TITS? (Texas Interstate Truck Stops)
Didn't know Stuckeys is/are still around. I seem to remember driving to Florida in the 70's and they were selling 5 hamburgers for $ 1.00
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Old February 24th, 2019, 09:22   #22
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There is one between Houston and Beaumont on IH10. We have stopped at it a few times to get a pecan log roll my wife and her family likes. Brings back memories of their past younger days when traveling. They also have a web site as well.
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Old February 25th, 2019, 05:14   #23
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I'll never forget "The Thing" in NM. As a 10 yr old, I was riding in the back seat seeing billboards for at least 100 miles - so you know they had to stop for me .

BTW, whatever happened to TITS? (Texas Interstate Truck Stops)

Sounds a bit like South of the border in SC. They must have 50 billboards up around that place. Maybe I'll stop in one of these days. I only ever get people coming up asking for money when I travel. I think the out of state plates make you a target for these folks. I've bought some food for a few of them , but generally don't give them cash.
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You guys must be sending out some kind of a signal. I've driven all over the country and stopped at many, many truck stops and service areas. Never been solicited for money. Not once.
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It mostly happens to me down south in poorer areas. I also get approached more often in those areas by people who just want talk about my car and travelling/road trips in general. I remember sort of ignoring a guy who was approaching once thinking he wanted to bum some money, but he was a really cool guy. He just liked my car and wanted to talk about it and road trips. He had a bug in his youth and had travelled up the Al-can highway and all over the country with it.
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Old March 7th, 2019, 07:11   #26
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Any care to share some truck stop stories?
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