The Sixth day of Christmas
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The seventh day of Christmas
Today we woke up early to get a good run at the road ahead, the next destination is San Antonio TX. This means we are going to have to back track along I-10 until the road splits just past El Paso. We drove the road in to Cali in the dark so it will be nice to see what it looks like in the day time on the way out. We stop to gas up, swing by burger king and we’re off. The sun is just starting to break over the mountains as we get on the road, I was hoping to leave earlier but at this point I’m not really feeling bad because it’s such a beautiful view.
We head up into the mountains and at some point after we reach the peak the road flattens out and once again we can see for miles at a time. This is the road that was closing in on me the other night in the dark but now it seems so open and welcoming. As we drive for a little while longer off to the left in the distance in the side of the mountain is a concrete structure with windows. Someone has built something in the mountain; you can’t help but wonder what in the world is going on there. The miles on this road go by quickly because the speed limit is 75 and everyone knows you get at least a 10mph buffer.
We head back through the pass between Arizona and New Mexico and once again the flattest road that I have ever driven stretches out before us. Once again the sky and the earth breed nothing but road only this time the sun is beginning to set behind us, I would love to get to Texas before it gets dark, we are in a race with the weather now. The snow will be on its way to our area in 3 hrs and I need to get past the predicted snow line before it gets here. To be stuck in the snow in this part of America would mean surviving on your own until the snow melted. There are no towns on the next exit here, the next exit may be 30 miles away and it may just be a road. Looking at the landscape its not hard to imagine that this part of America hasn’t been settled but I don’t think Americans really understand that so much of this country hasn’t been populated.
A few five hour energy drinks and a second wind later we wrap up 16 hrs of driving in a small town called Fort Stockton Texas. I am beat and we check into the smallest hotel room we have seen yet, motel 6, but at this point I would take a couch. I think we made it past the weather but we will have to see in the morning, only 5hrs till San Antonio. We have jumped 3 time zones, crossed the mountains, the desert, the continental divide, and outran a snow storm, I think that’s enough for one day.