Oil, Cattle, Windmills and Ghost Towns
Trip Start Jan 08, 2008
51Trip End Apr 09, 2008
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Yesterday and this morning have been delightful
When we crossed from the OK to the TX side of the border the landscape changed. The border seemed to have been drawn through the 'badlands'. OK was rolling for the most part but the part of Texas that we saw is extremely flat and dry. The soil is frequently red in colour, but at other times sandy and very light in texture.
We saw our first wind farms in the vicinity of Amarillo TX and in the same area saw mamoth irrigation systems. The windmills are set up in the middle of vast cotton fields and seem to co-exist quite successfully.
Lunch was at the Cattle Exchange in Canadian TX. Located in an old hotel, the restaurant successfully creates a sense of being in cattle country. However most of the trucks outside had indications of connections with oil companies!
We were back on the Interstate 40 after lunch and I couldn't believe how much more stressful the drive became. Once again we were surrounded by large trucks, all effectively driven, but large. One scary moment occurred when a truck, just a short distance ahead of us, blew a tire and we had to dodge a large tire on the roadway. We paralleled a railway for most of the day and in TX the trains were frequent and large. All were carrying long loads of containers or piggyback trucks.
We stopped in Santa Rosa NM tonight. The weather has become quite cold but promises to be clear for the next few days.