Day 2 started off a little later than Day 1 did, but it lasted a lot longer. We felt courageous, and decided to go from Benson, AZ to Eastland, TX. That’s 782 horrible, flat, desolate, dead, repetative, cursed land. Arizona was nice, but we didn’t have much left to go through and it was dark while we were driving through there. Then we got into New Mexico and it was flat and straight, with mountains way off in the distance. One thing that was of interest was seeing a ton of trains and lots of hills.
Then we just hit flat, horrible land. It lasted into the rest of our time in Texas with few exceptions. We went through El Paso and the rest was just totally drab. Here are some thoughts from the trip:
- Apparently El Paso is in the middle of a big Right To Life debate. We passed four or five billboards that were all about pro-life.
- Saw a billboard that said, “If your body is a temple, why don’t you make it worth worshiping.” Because everyone knows you worship the temple, not what the temple was built for. Wait…
- You couldn’t give away most of the land in New Mexico and West Texas. Really, its that bad.
- The GPS betrayed us once again, sending us down a dead end street to get to the hotel. I had to pull into a parking lot that wasn’t big enough to turn around in. There was a boat on wheels in the parking lot that we had to push out of the way to get the truck by. Hope they don’t mind.
- While driving through the land, I mentioned how difficult it must be to get anything you’d want to put on a postcard. When we stopped, I searched for some and there weren’t any at truck stop. They proved my point.
- I’m becoming more familiar with Weigh Stations. We have to pull into them, but I’m not really sure why they ask the questions they do. The point is to see how much we weigh, and that we’re legal. But they are all concerned with where we came from and where we’re going. Then they ask what we have in the truck. If I were carrying nuclear warheads or illegal immigrants, do you think I would tell them I had anything other than household belongings in the back? One guy wanted to see the rental agreement and asked who was in the passenger seat. Did he think I had a hostage or something? I think they ask these questions because they hate their job. Another guy asked why I had a Boston hat on and a Virginia Tech jacket. And this is important, why?
- We’ve also passed quite a few border stops, as we were very close to the border. At one, they guy asked the same questions we’d already been asked by the D.O.T., except they were valid questions in his case. Then he asked my dad and I if we’re citizens. Again, what answer was he expecting. “Shoot! You caught us. Too bad I’ve made an oath against lies and half truths!” Again, I don’t think they like their job.
- The biggest tourist attraction on the way was the “Museum of Petroleum”. No joke. Unfortunately, it was past 5pm and we were running late as it was.
- New Mexico’s slogan is “Land of Enchantment”. Apparently, that only applies to the northern section of the state, because I saw nothing to back that up where I was. More “Land of Hypnotic-landscape-that-should-be-bottled-and-sold-by-Merk-as-a-sleeping-aid-its-so-boring”.
- I’ve decided I could have been Doc Holliday because I’m so quick with the camera. Same reflexes.
I don’t know if I’ll post tomorrow as we’re not staying in a hotel, but driving through Dallas and stopping at visiting family near the Arkansas border. We’ll see!