550 miles on the way home via the I-40

Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
Trip End Jul 31, 2011

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Flying J Gas Station
What I did
Drive over 550 miles on the I-40

Flag of United States  , Oklahoma
Thursday, July 28, 2011

With 550 miles planned for today's drive you would think we would leave pretty early. Now, I did get up around 6:30 but took my time getting the RV ready. The main thing was to make sure the tires were OK for the long trip and that the bikes were tied down well. Since we were here for 4 nights it did take us a little while to put everything up. By the time we dumped it was around 9:00, pretty late for a 550 mile drive. But our plan was to just park at a Flying J right at dusk for the night.

The first part of the drive took us through Albuquerque during their rush hour – not much of it compared to Atlanta. We drove through a small mountain range where people in Albuquerque go to play. For 95% of this trip we followed the I-40 due east. On the other side of this mountain range was the desert flatland with buttes and mesas here and there. Nothing much going on in the eastern part of New Mexico except a few towns here and there. Overall, New Mexico is one of my favorite states both physically and culturally. Now we headed into Texas and not much changed until you reach Amarillo. There was a sign for an Indian Restaurant so we decided to hit it after our Flying J gas up spot. We drove on a frontage road off the interstate to where the TomTom said it would be – nothing there. We drove around some more and then, just as we were about to give up and get back on the road, we saw it. The Indian Restaurant was in an old abandoned truck stop – interesting place for a restaurant. First, I was just surprised to find an Indian place in Amarillo, Texas. We both got the buffet which was average but did cost $10. I know I should have went to a steak place in Texas but I know Pooh does not like it that much. After a filling meal we were back on the exciting I-40.

A few interesting things did pop-up on the route. The largest free standing cross in the US was just off the highway. Why here in rural Texas? Will it bring peace to the drivers on the I-40? Who knows. But just a mile down the road was this old water tower that was leaning worse than that tower in Pisa. Why? Who knows – there is no swamp land here, and no sand. Just a few interesting things to keep you from falling asleep at the wheel. Soon we were in Oklahoma and the landscape started to turn a little green and more cities started to pop up here and there. A ton of Route 66 places here as we had followed the old route since Albuquerque. We did hit a Flying J right across the border and around 7:00 we pulled into the Flying J just outside Oklahoma City.

Wow, it was hot as Hades out here. At the time we pulled in it was 104 degrees. And just to save some money I decided to park here for the night for free – though we did get some diesel. We had the generator on until about 11 to get the fridge working better and for the fans to work – not enough juice for the main AC and it was too much trouble to set up the portable for one night. We had a little snack for dinner as the Indian buffet was enough food for the day. We drank a lot of water just to stay on the cool side and to keep hydrating. We did get some showers but the "cold" water in our tank was super hot. But it did feel good just to get wet. Air drying only took a few min. Around 11 we tried to go to sleep but it was very difficult. No covers tonight. After turning the Gen off all we had was a small battier operated fan the just blew hot air over us. It took many hours for me to get to sleep and Pooh said her and Quique never really did get any sleep. I guess being so tired was the only reason I could sleep.
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