I woke up well before dawn at the Johnson City Library and headed west. As I continued into West Texas, the vistas opened up and the terrain transitioned to the semi-arid grasslands of the West. It felt so good to be back!
A quick photo from the rest stop where I stopped for Shacharis and breakfast:
I continued west to overnight at the Walmart of Demming, New Mexico. See the trip map for today’s drive.
The park also preserves the nearby homestead of LBJ’s grandparents:
I drove over to Johnson City’s library to use their WiFi (my 2GB per month data plan is proving inadequate for this unplanned trip). At closing, I asked for permission to overnight in the parking lot. See the trip map for today’s drive.
The original plan was that Trish would fly back today from Tallahassee this morning and then I would drive back to New York over the next few days. I realized a couple days ago that the big Salton City and Glamis Fly-In is coming up next week and I’m already 600 miles closer to California than I would be in New York. If so, what’s another 2,400 miles, right? Trish green-lighted the trip and so this morning, saying goodbye to Trish at the airport, I headed west instead of north.