Saturday, January 31, 2009
After a 27 hour drive leaving with a 1/4 inch of ice on the car after an ice storm that swept over north Texas last Tuesday, we left Wednesday morning and ended up in Las Angeles, CA Thursday morning. We passed 4 wrecked 18 wheelers within the first 2 hours that we left. Ever wonder why you've never met anyone who said that they came from east California. That's because there isn't any life out in east California. 40w is a road in the middle of an ocean of rock, there is like a 3 hour expanse of nothing. You see a turn or a hill in the road in front of you that you can’t see the road after that and you reach the point where you’ve peeked the hill or turned the corner and you’ve been thinking surely there is something over this hill but there isn’t, it’s a little scary. You need to fill up the tank when you can because you don’t know how long it is till the next station. I guess eastern California stuck out in the trip because there was day light when we were driving through it. I may have had similar thoughts of Arizona and New Mexico but the sun set as we drove over the Texas/New Mexico border. The night sky is amazing in New Mexico; you can see all the stars compared to northern Texas where there are 4 stars. It was really amazing. We drove through Albuquerque, NM during the night. I've never seen so many lights over such a large expanse before. But at 6000 ft. altitude I got a headache. There were some funny things, like signs we came across during the night like "come in and hug a waitress", “yellowhorse”, "smoke ahead", "wind may exist" and some others that you couldn't see all of the sign so it said "keep pets on" & "on walls climb".