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Thursday – Day 7

January 21, 2011

We found out that we have to be in Palm Springs before 3:00pm on Friday (tomorrow!) in order to check in and get our keys. We decided to drive for as long as possible today.

We left Fort Worth around 7:30 and headed west. The landscape here is still quite covered with leafless trees and some live oaks.

The freeway was very straight and there wasn’t much traffic so my hubby was able to find the truck’s ‘sweet spot’ where it ate up the miles but went easier on the fuel. We started seeing some low cactus plants – looked like prickly pear.

About 10:00, around Abilene, it got really windy and we saw a mobile home upside down in the ditch with men crawling all over it with ropes trying to flip it back! That’s windy! The temperature hovered around 0.

There was one area that was covered with hundreds of windmills. Very impressive!

I also saw a lonely old-style windmill…

Picturesque in its own way, I’d say.

We came to El Paso at the extreme western tip of Texas. This town sits right on the border with Mexico. We could actually see it across the Rio Grande…

The temperature jumped up to 12 degrees around El Paso.

A couple of shots of El Paso…

Great place but way too many poles!

I think this interesting building was in El Paso.

During the last couple of hours or so before leaving Texas, the only radio stations we could find were Spanish-speaking. We love the happy music and fast talking!

Once into New Mexico, we found lots of country stations.

New Mexico is real desert with rocky outcroppings here and there…

Lots of these plants…

And one hillside with a beautifully done roman numeral painted on it. Not sure what it means, though.

 

We crossed the Continental Divide in New Mexico at 5:30 and decided to push on as far into Arizona as we could .

It was exciting when we saw the first palm trees!

The gorgeous sunset found us not far from Willcox where we are staying the night. I’ll leave you on this note…

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Joan Massey permalink
    January 21, 2011 4:58 am

    You sure ate up the miles today! Really interesting pictures, too. I especially appreciated the sunset. I trust and hope you will make your deadline. Vaya Con Dios!

  2. Karrie and Peter permalink
    January 22, 2011 3:39 pm

    Hi guys, sounds like you’re having a great adventure so far! Your entries about Texas brought back memories, would love to take Peter there someday. The little Magpie’s settling in fine and everyone’s getting along. Big bad winter storm here last night and today– 90 km winds, pretty harrowing drive home yesterday, today we’re hibernating. The ocean’s furious– looks like it’s boiling.
    Trev, had some unfortunate “excitement” in the OR this week. I’ve worked in Houston, San Antonio, Toronto, but had to come to PEI to see my first gunshot wound!!
    Have fun getting settled under sunny skies guys, we’ll be thinking of you. Maggie sends kissesxo.

  3. January 23, 2011 7:14 am

    Maybe the V is a brand from whoever owns that range.

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