Today was a 1,000 mile driving day that began at 8:00 AM and ended at 1:00 the next morning! We didn’t stop to sightsee, only to fuel the car and our bodies. The highlights are very limited, as we drove out of desert scrub to more desert scrub. We saw a lot of greasewood and tumbleweeds. So these colorful deciduous trees at the rest stop really stood out.
Less impressive in appearance were the ocotillo and yucca plants. However, as a person who grew up going to the desert most weekends, I was very impressed with the healthy look of the yuccas in Arizona and New Mexico. Some had big round “heads” with multiple stalks shooting out of them that gave them a Seuss-like appearance. Unfortunately, we zoomed by the best ones at 75 mph, so my only successful picture is of some average looking yuccas.
We knew when we crossed into Texas, because it looked very industrial and crowded. It was not actually El Paso that made it look so crowded, but Ciudad Juarez right across the border. Just like Tijuana, the hills are crammed tight with buildings. The scenery remained desert and cell and internet connectivity was pretty much nil between El Paso and San Antonio with only small pockets of very limited bandwidth. However, Texas does have a speed limit of 80 mph! Sweet! It is a speeder’s delight. Unfortunately, our little, underpowered Prius C is loaded to the hilt and bogged down even more while climbing the hills, so Dave averaged closer to 70 mph.
The Texas sunset was gorgeous (pictured above) but, once the sun went down, darkness quickly swallowed the light and the temperature dropped rapidly. The low I saw while driving was 36 degrees F. The only interesting sightings once the sun went down were the oil fields where fires burned and dotted the landscape. Texas was hit and miss with gas prices. Arizona/New Mexico gas was $2.39-$2.69 per gallon, while Texas ranged from $2.34 to $4.11 per gallon. Between the hills and the high speeds, we only averaged 47 mpg today. Still nothing to cry about!
Finally, arriving in San Antonio, Dave had booked us a room through AirBnB for two nights so we can spend all day tomorrow exploring. It is a cute apartment over a house with a separate entrance in the back. It is clean and spacious with its own bathroom, living room, kitchenette, and walk-in closet large enough for another bed! It has been a long and tiring day and we are ready for bed! But don’t worry we will remember the Alamo!