Monday, May 13, 2013

Day 6

And not a single cloud was seen in over 1,100Km. Many flat armadillos though :(. But, I'm getting ahead of myself...

As planned, the entire Arkansas, the whole length of Oklahoma and half of the Texas panhandle were breezed through on I40. Stopping only every ~250Km for gas and quick refreshment, I arrived to Amarillo with time to spare for a hearty dinner at Denny's (no alcohol again, looks like I'll have to buy a bottle of wine at the next gas station - go figure).

Although nothing beats twisty mountain roads and breathtaking scenery there is something to be said about the dreaded "superslab". The fact that you can cross three states and two time zones in one day gives you a palpable sense of freedom and empowerment. It's like the world is my oyster and I can accomplish anything I set my mind to (which is of course total bullcrap). Thank you for that wonderful illusion Dwight (Eisenhower, the father of the interstate system).

It's not that I wasn't tempted to take a side excursion or two. That Red Rock Canyon in Oklahoma sounded mighty fine, but they have a propensity for bombastic names here in `merica (or so I'm telling myself - sour grapes).

Traffic was quite ligth throughout, except for the trucks that like to pass each other with 0.5km/h speed difference while blocking other traffic for ten minutes. However, after trucking to Texas with Rade last year I don't hold it against them - It's a hard life being on the road like that.

About 90% of all the roadkill I saw today were armadillos. These living fossil equivalents of raccoons are no match for eighteen wheelers and are apparently too slow/stupid to run away :(.

Texas longhorn cattle were a majestic sight. Those things have a span bigger than I can show with my hands :).

As a reward for entering Tehas the speed limit was bumped up by 5mph to 75mph. Fine with me, especially if they tolerate my usual +10-15 (135-145Km/h). So far it seems like my speeding is not excessive enough to warant any action by the LEO. Let's hope it stays that way.

Another sign I saw in Texas first: "left lane for passing only". Kudos to TDOT! Add nutritious steaks and healthy gun culture and I think I like this state after all :)

My GPS is dying :(. Since my experience would be greatly diminished without it I'll have to go shopping first thing tomorrow. Wish me luck in finding what I need.