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Canton, Texas. Finally did get off the Interstate today, an easy 50 miles up to US 180. It was so pleasant, two lane blacktop, no trucks, litle traffic and many towns to go through. I had a lovely lunch at the Prairie Star, real food and sweet tea. The worst of the drive was getting through Fort Worth/Dallas. Must be an hour across, all freeways intersecting, traffic all over the place going this way and that. However, the terrain becomes more lovely about an hour outside Fort Worth. It begins to get more wooded, and the other side of Dallas the landscape is quite lush. Trees are blooming, some white blossoms perhaps apple or cherry and some stunning purple that just scream plum. Each time it was a delightful surprise to see them.

It was another very warm day – high 70’s. I finally stopped to get cotton socks and canvas shoes – my feet needed to breathe, and I didn’t want to unload the van to find the suitcase with summer clothes and sandals. They had my size shoes in lime green. Very stylish. I haven’t seen a Starbucks in days, but a Walmart in every town. There is something here that has my throat scratchy – maybe those blossoming trees.

We’re at 2300 miles, and I think I’m getting nearly 20 mpg. Tomorrow before I start out I should check the oil and tire pressure. Otherwise, everything seems so good. Tomorrow Louisiana. I’ve never been there and am looking forward to it. Til then.

Windmills

Windmills

So much of the drive through Texas

So much of the drive through Texas

In the Prairie Star Cafe

In the Prairie Star Cafe

Another Prairie Star trophy

Another Prairie Star trophy

Big Spring, Texas. Put some miles down today, but now I am ever tired. I think we are about 1800 miles. The first 200 – 250 miles out of Deming, through El Paso and beyond were so incredibly windy I stayed on the Interstate. The US route went up through the Guadalupe range, twisty mountain pass. It was hard enough driving, I chose not to make it harder. Blowing dust, tumbleweeds, low visibility besides the relentless wind. Amazing. And who knew there are mountains in Texas? Rough, angular mountains. Texas is big! We all know that. Once the mountains were behind me, it is nothing but straight and flat. Then the oil pumps start. They look like those silly birds that perch on the side of a glass and bob up and down sipping water.

I pushed Bella up to 70 and we’re ok there. The speed limit is 80! I was passing a truck – another truck was behind me but way back, I had time to get past, when all of a sudden all I could see in my rear view was transport, back and side. It must have been going 90 or 100. I just goosed Bella and got out of the way, and thought for sure I would see that truck pulled over somewhere down the road, but not.

Over that long stretch, flat and straight it was easier to drive and time to think. Put on blues, then jazz, then Bach. I am feeling that all this is so right. I am not looking back with any regret or sadness – I feel like I am moving forward embraced with such affection, and no apprehension about what lies ahead. it just feels good and right.

Texas sure feels like another place – not San Francisco. I am just south of Lamesa; some of us know Lamesa. Tomorrow it looks like an easy jump to US 180 all the way across, into Louisiana. Time change tomorrow – I just had one today, into central time so actually am jumping ahead two hours, although I guess it doesn’t matter much. Man, it got dark quickly here though. About six o’clock, it was like the curtain was drawn.
Nice to hear from all who have commented. I don’t think I’m going to get any photos up tonight – another one of those connections that comes and goes. Surprise – Texas rest areas are wireless. Maybe one of those tomorrow. More then.

The Guadalpes

The Guadalpes

More Guadalupes

More Guadalupes

Me and Sally

Me and Sally

It took a long time to finally get on-line tonight. But here I am. Left Arizona today, after visiting so many people I enjoyed being with. Sally and her friend Elaine and I went to the San Xavier Mission before I left this afternoon. It was very beautiful, and a good start to a good driving day. Went through desert and more mountains – the Dragoons, which were rounded brown rock. Long flat stretches, and very windy. There seemed no way but the interstate to get across, and now I am in Deming, New Mexico. Tomorrow will pick up US 180 and hopefully a little more interesting. Found a lovely room at the Grand Hotel, and had a delicious Mexican dinner. Looks like a good breakfast in the morning, and a good stretch into Texas. I think it will take two days to cross Texas. I’m going to try uploading some of the photos now. Let’s hope I can keep this connection long enough.

Mission San Xavier

Mission San Xavier

Kateri Tekawitha

Kateri Tekawitha

In the garden at San Xavier

In the garden at San Xavier

The Dragoons

The Dragoons