We were out before dawn since we had such a short day yesterday (only 250 miles). arrived in
Meridian . But we can’t resist a drive through the old
town before sunup to see the old courthouse and take a couple of pictures of “The Attorney-At-Law and Dentist” sign, and
the “First National Bank of M.T.” The
courthouse straight out of the 1700’s can be seen sticking above the gently
rolling land dotted with trees. Diesel
gas is $2.79 today. When we stopped,
Darrel took up with an old farmer who was cleaning his truck windows. A lean cowboy type, 6’6”, his truck was
hooked to an Alison Chalmers Grader that he had built from a kit. He must have been about ten years old when
he’d done that, Mr. L. Charles Howard (pleased to meet you) said that the
courthouse used to be plain Jane so the city rebuilt it and now it’s real
“fancy.” Which it is. Bosque County
The land makes me want my youth and my foxtrotter who could travel overland about as fast as this truck. The map isn’t marked as a scenic highway, but it should be.
You can come for me in
when I go missing, as I’ve mentioned
Outside of Hico, a bunch of buzzards hunched along a fence rail made me flinch. These were the really awful scroungey looking buzzards. Everything is scroungey in
Texas. We saw lots of
horsefarms-ranch houses with old wagon wheels on their front porches and ranch
We stopped in Hico for pictures of the Jersey Lilly Saloon and a great mural on adjoining wall. Too bad we won’t be here for the well advertised, “Hico’s 150th birthday chili cookoff on Oct. 2.” Darrel was really disgusted we’d miss it.
Cattles ranches and what looks like game reserves surround us out of Hico. Ahead looks like some serious rain may get us yet.
I need to look up which Indian tribes would have been riding all the pintos we see on these ranches. The road began going rough, so we’re looking forward to Highway I-20 about ten miles away.
must be where the Cisco Kid came from?
Now if I could just remember which tribe Tonto came from. I think I just dated myself. Texas
We could get 400 miles under us today and end up in
The big trees are gone for the duration and we’re left with 20’ high
pepper and scrub oak types along I-20.
The wind is up and Darrel’s eyes are starting to squint. We’ve found Texas Longhorns with maps spread
over their bodies. And I think we’re
going to miss the rain again because the wind has taken the hand of the clouds and
run away to the east. New
We just passed another state patrol car parked on the median with blacked out windows. I wonder if there are any motors in this
speed-control program car. Now wind
machines have appeared outside of Texas . It’s a perfect place for them. Our Coyote Trailer is so stable behind us
we’re blessed once again. Like creatures
from a StarWars movie the wind machines loom 250’ tall. Ten foot-trees look more like Oleander
bushes. And they’re positioned along a
huge flattop mesa off to our left. A
mesa forest of white sticks. (wind machines) Abilene
Earlier I put Abby up on the dashboard and pointed west so she could see
, but she went
to sleep. I guess she’d not been
impressed. At Sweetwater we turn onto
I-84 where they’re growing cotton, rusted equipment and oilwells. Abilene West Texas is
definitely not it. Neither would I want
to live on Stink Creek Road. But “Belly Acres Paint and Quarter Horses”
looks kind of interesting. Ha! But about a million wind machines standing
there and not turning ruin the ambiance.
Huh? Why aren’t they turning?
The new goal is
lost all symptoms of trees and shrubs near Clovis New
Mexico . The sky is crystal blue, 77 degrees and we
can verify the curvature of the earth. A
zillion acres of cotton proves all the people are still in New Mexico . Houston