So, the Touareg has a pretty sophisticated GPS system (someone recently suggested I read the manual) it gives you three route choices, so I picked “shortest distance”. Maybe I should have hesitated when it said turn right on Old Maverick Road, but I didn’t. In about 100 yards was “the sign”, Dirt Road next 14 Miles, High-clearance vehicles only. OK, I need to turn around. No 3-point turns with a 20 foot trailer. After a while I realized there is only straight. I rattled, bounced and avoided ruts for about an hour. Didn’t see any other RV’ers on this route. I obviously made it out. Upon checking the Airstream (it is more brown than silver now) I noticed a brown liquid on the floor. Uh-oh, should have emptied the holding tanks? Upon further inspection and a little smelling I realized a “Shiner Bohemian Black Lager” exploded in the fridge. I guess the only other damage is my ego and crowns from gritting my teeth for an hour.
Tonight I am camped at Balmorhea State Park in Texas on my way further west. Couple of steaks in the fridge ;).