Left Santa Fe, NM at 7 a.m. Our plan was to take U.S. 285 south all the way to Texas.
Driving through Roswell, NM, we laughed over all the references to aliens, pictures of little green men on hotel signage, and alien souvenir shops. We just had to take a rest break at the McDonald's shaped like a flying saucer. Unfortunately, McDonald's hung all their advertising on the part of the building that cuts under to look like a spaceship. Oh well, you get the idea.
|McDonald's in Roswell, New Mexico|
The town of Artesia, NM nixed our plans to go south to Ft. Stockton, Texas on U.S. 285. As we entered Artesia from the north heading south, Garmin insisted we make a U-turn and go on U.S. 62 toward Hobbs, NM. As if to emphasize that, U.S. 285 had a sign stating, "Road Closed Ahead." Upon doing a U-turn, I noticed that all the side streets said "Road Closed" as well. What the??? No explanation was given about why the roads were closed. Everyone was re-routed around Artesia.
We ended up on U.S. 62 east through Hobbs, NM to Seminole, TX, then south on U.S. 385 through Odessa and Crane, Texas, onto a Farm-to-Market Rd #305 to I-10. Our route took us through the oil-rich Permian Basin. Old-fashioned oil wells were everywhere! New fracking rigs were being erected as well. We saw man camps for the oil field workers, towns revived by oil money and the workers who use the services, as well as beautiful new homes in a number of the towns we passed through. I, for one, am happy the U.S. has tapped the massive reserves of oil in our country. It would be great if we could end our dependence on Middle Eastern oil.
Other alternative energy sources we saw on our trip were many wind farms in the barren expanses of Oregon, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico and Texas. We thought with all the sun in Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico that we would see more solar panels on homes and more solar farms, but we didn't see very many.
The drive from Santa Fe, NM to San Antonio, TX took us 12-1/2 hours. We arrived at Susan M.'s house about 8:30 p.m. Central Time. Bob picked me up. Susan and I said our good-byes and we headed back to the 5th wheel.
Mission accomplished. We had a great time doing Volksmarches in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon along with six state capital walks, and the 12K Silver Falls Trail of Ten Falls walk.
Life as we know it is back to normal. Travel Bug out.