Day 2: Wednesday, December 28th. Total Miles for the Day: 469.2. For the Trip: 1170.5.
Owing to our fatigue, we got a much later start than planned on Day 2. But we had a successful day behind us, we had a much calmer cat who was sleeping in his carrier of his own free will, and we had a lot of Starbucks in our veins. The day was made to be a good one, and it wound up possibly being my favorite of the trip.
We continued on largely empty Texas highways for miles. The speed limit was high, the traffic was minimal, and the views of ranches and wide open space was just beautiful. We had some fantastic and very silly conversations, and even met another couple—an older couple with whom we chatted at a rest stop as they made their way to Santa Fe from the Carolinas. I must admit, as pleasant as the day had been, I was a bit jealous that they would be home by its end. They took some pictures of us—though the wind wasn’t so helpful:
For my part, I took pictures of the cat.
And other important scenery:
We had a good laugh as we passed through Bowie, Texas, and found ourselves singing “Bowie in Space” for the rest of the trip (and beyond, honestly). And I had a good laugh when we finally reached I-40 and found it was, as expected, still full of snow. Oh, snow, you enchanting temptress. So fun to play in. So scary to drive near.
Stephen got some shots of what seemed like an endless field of wind turbines:
As we neared sunset and the New Mexico border, we decided to stop at a scenic picnic area to take some pictures. If you’re wondering what time it is, it’s TIME FOR A PHOTO DUMP:
And of course, what’s the fun of taking a more northerly route if I can’t play in the snow?
I was thrilled to see the landscape begin to churn up the occasional plateau, and pleased to find we’d at last made it to New Mexico. I could now say we were officially in a new region of the country, and if the Southwest was here, then surely the Northwest couldn’t be that far away.
The sun was sinking fast as we continued through the eastern portion of New Mexico, and since signs still warned of ice on the roads, we decided not to stay out long after dark. We hunkered down for the night at another Comfort Inn, this time in Santa Rosa. The room was okay, but the to-do list we found tucked away on the nightstand was excellent:
Although our late start and relatively short day meant we didn’t reach our mileage goal, we also didn’t feel dead tired and even had time to sort through some photos. Even Fritz took the opportunity to re-energize:
All in all, a pretty perfect travel day.
Coming Up in Episode 3: Not enough caffeine! Too many kitty sneezes! More snow! Feline smuggling!