550 miles on the way home via the I-40
Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
60Trip End Jul 31, 2011
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Flying J Gas Station
What I did
Drive over 550 miles on the I-40
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
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
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.