Jan 8, 2014. From an I-10 rest stop 375 miles east of El Paso.
Texas is BIG, ask anyone who’s driven across it. You think you will have another birthday before Texas is in the rearview.
This time my cruise across Texas is taking longer than ever before because I stopped for dinner with friends Ben and Priscilla in San Antonio. It was so much fun to see them, hang out, and get around San Antonio, it took nearly a week to get on the road again.
San Antonio has a couple of highlights worth mentioning and blogging about as soon as I get to it.
Riverwalk, the most visited travel destination in the state.
Morgan’s Wonderland, an extraordinary amusement park designed especially for people with special needs.
the country’s first all-digital public library.
Then up to Round Rock, near Austin, to look in on my pal, Vitin. Vitin and I go wa-ay back, back to Puerto Rico when, as an 11-year old, he was the best sailboat washer I ever had–later to become an ace part of my racing crew. Vitin came to live with us in Ft Lauderdale, where he spent several high school years before moving on with his own life. Today, a grandfather himself, he is still the genuinely good human being he was apprenticing to be forty years ago. We pigged out on college bowl football games and ancient sea stories.
Then a lunch date with my pal, Linda, from Quartzite days.
And on to I-10, the street that starts in Jacksonville, FL and ends in San Diego.
I saw a sign this morning that said the speed limit was 80. I heard some highway had raised the speed limit to the highest posted speed in the country. Now we all know about I-10
Maybe El Paso tonight, but surely Las Cruces, NM by tomorrow, where I might circle the wagon for a day before slipping across southern AZ for my reunion with Quartzite, AZ.
Quartzite home of t Bare-Assed-Bookseller–(http://wp.me/P11rtv-ex) (http://wp.me/P11rtv-eT) where the town’s population swells in size by 50 or 75 times with RVs from all over the paved universe. They turn a 100-square-mile patch of desert into an RV rally that is a spectacle that rivaling a combined Woodstock, the Orange Bowl half-time show, and Burning Man.
Quartzite, the place that elevated my expectations about what might be possible for a motorhome tumbleweed.