Day 64

I loooove Texas ! Big , hot , and loud ! Picture below will be of my drive this morning . I took a turn after El Paso . Nice to see that city prospering a little , but still brought me to tears seeing the Mexican side of the border filled with shacks . Dan and I have never forgotten the first time we saw it in 1998 . We’ve seen poverty before , but nothing like that . It’s haunting to see compared to the US side .

Anyway , we left Los Cruces this morning , heading east on I-10. I drove a long straight boring stretch, then up and down a little pass . Freaks Dan out to have me drive a pass , but I figure after driving the first day’s Madras/Maupin/The Dalles, I can drive anything ! You just have to use your brain .

The first five minutes is always an adrenaline rush . We sit up high with a huge front window . The rig and tow weigh 11 tons , so starting and stopping take awhile . Getting the feel of the wheel also takes awhile . The Eagles. “Take it Easy ” came on my headphones , so that was a nice start . Followed by Buffet ,Degraw, BTO, Pharrel, Denver, Elvis and Eliza’s One Direction, the 91 miles flew by .

Could have been because I was driving 70mph, too ! Speed limit was 80, but the road was rough and sometimes windy, so 70 was all I had the guts to drive . I even passed a semi . My first one ! The kids and I think he must have been a trainee .

Half way through my drive , I pulled into an inspection station . The Border Patrol definitely has a large presence here , and due to one being shot and killed a few days ago , I said another prayer for them . Not a job I could do , so I appreciate that they are trying to keep drugs and illegal migrants out of the US.

I saw the agents pass each other a look as I pulled up and will never know if it was because I was a female driver or the typical tourist RV . I prefer to think they were dazzled by my driving ability .

As the K-9 sniffed around the outside of the rig, the agent asked how many were aboard and if we were all US Citizens ? Made me sweat just to sit there , so I don’t know how guilty people can get through all the checkpoints.

I answered the questions , hoping all the while they wouldn’t ask to board . Psycho Jessica would probably try to bite , and Lady would probably put her paws on his shoulders and lick his face . Who knows what the kids would do .

We shared a conversation and a hot tub the other day with a Canadian who travels all over . When he answers “no” to the second question, he is asked to pull aside . Glad we did the stack of paperwork to get the kids their citizenship and passports years ago .

My back was screaming from sitting so long , so I pulled down on an off ramp to a gas station . At the stop sign I offered Dan the wheel to pull up to the pumps . We have to keep his blood pressure down, and he leaped into the drivers seat.

Now we’re heading south on 118 to Davis park and the observatory tonight . With losing another hour , we should be able to stay up for the program tonight . Can’t wait ! Did I mention how much I loooove this state ?!

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About sallyljacobson

I live in paradise again, Bend Oregon, after a 19 month RV trip around North America with our 2 teenagers and 2 dogs. It was the adventure of a lifetime, and now I'm on to my next one - selling real estate to those lucky enough to move to Bend. The trip blog is www.gojacobsons.com and my current blog is sallysbendblog.com. Follow along, I'd love to be in touch with you!

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