Here I am at the end of Day 1 in Texas spending another night in a hotel room. It managed to get up to 99 degrees today. I wonder what the temperatures will be in mid-July? It was like being in a bag of popcorn in a microwave oven today. I was literally surrounded by thousands of cars whose frantic drivers were pinging off the sides of the bag.
It started out at the State line yesterday when the speed limit automatically jumped between 75 and 80mph. That meant that the average driver was going 85 and some close to a 100 in bumper to bumper traffic. I know you think I am exaggerating, and I wish I were. In my entire 400 miles in Texas so far I have yet to see a State trooper, I guess there are pretty nonexistent as being an unnecessary hindrance on Texas citizens. It was not unusual to see a speed limit of 75 on curvy two-lane State roads!
I drive from Houston to Austin this morning intending to visit the State capital and other sites, but I was so stressed out I only saw one site which was a gallery called Ao5. It was an interesting place which sold avant-garde paintings and such. I’m going to do a post on my sudden infatuation of experimental artists soon, so I will tell you more about that then. Getting back to the point, it took almost an hour in city traffic to see that one, so I pretty quickly decided that was enough, and headed out of town toward my next destination of Santa Fe NM.
The middle of Texas is kind like the outback in Australia, there are few major highways and few towns of more than a thousand people or so. I was beginning to wonder if I was going to have to “sleep” in an 85-degree cabin when I happened across Brownwood Texas which was about 350 miles into today’s trek. After three attempts, I finally found a room for the night. I am writing this post about 11pm after getting a two-hour nap to calm my nerves. My meal tonight consists of a bag of fresh cherries from my camp cooler. I could have gone down and got in the long line at the drive-through at McDonald’s, but chose a simpler approach. Who knew that Texans ate midnight Big Macs for dinner?
Tomorrow at this time I hope to be in Clovis New Mexico and have my Texas time for this trip behind me. I said I was going to move outside my comfort zone by going across Texas, all 600 miles of it. I am kinda glad that I did, but all it really did was to reinforce my previous feelings about this State. Again, more on that later.