Struggled out of
feeling decidedly unenthusiastic, and pushed on to Texas.
is flat. Well, not flat like Manitoba, but flat-ish. Sort of a rolling
Savannah. Not much in the way of trees. Red dirt.
Some farmer’s fields already showing low-growing green. Winter wheat?
Seemed a little foggy on first arising. Surprised us somewhat as fog just wasn’t something we associated with Prairie Living. Blistering sunshine, yes. Howling blizzards, sure. Fog? Not so much. Must have been haze though because the temperature turned out to be 18F with dustings of actual snow here and there. Not what we’d hoped for.
Started seeing our first signs for “Historic Route 66” Museums, etc.
Oklahoma, though being an oil state for a
century, displays a surprising quantity of wind-turbine generator farms. Good for them.
spotted our first tumbleweeds, stopped for a truly taste-free yet expensive
lunch and motored on. Oddly, gas is more
expensive in Texas. And there are even more wind-farms.
You all know the story of how Eisenhower was inspired by the German Autobahn system, to construct the
Interstate Highway system in order to
facilitate the rapid transfer of military men and materiel within the country
to wherever it was needed. You probably
also know that every so many miles, the builders had to provide sections of
road that were straight for at least 10,000 feet, so that fighter aircraft
could be disbursed across the system and be available anywhere. Happily this feature was never needed. ( If
we had invaded, we’d probably only have gotten as far as Plattsburgh before having to start
apologizing. ) Wouldn't have been an issue in Oklahoma though, as they would have to look
for an excuse to bend the road here. Speed limits on the interstate start at 65 MPH on the coast, bump up to 70 MPH one or more states inland, then again to 75 MPH in Texas. Our EZ-Pass transducer for coastal state toll roads doesn't work past Pennsylvania, but then there are no toll roads anymore.
Anyway, finished off
drove through Texas and settled for the night
in legendary Tucumcari New Mexico. Not sure why its legendary. Even more snow here.Gained another hour. The preceding 500 miles of desolate scrubland
wouldn’t be visited at all if there wasn’t an Interstate going through it. Whole lot of nuthin’. Maybe it’s nicer in summer.