Finally, we saw some Texas sky.
Which, after 10 hours, began to look a lot like New Mexico sky. Big and blue and white punctuated with lots and lots of nothing. Which turned out to be very, very good.
But I'm getting ahead of myself.
We left Denver at 9 am. By the time we got to Pueblo, it was time to find a bathroom.
In an attempt to stick with the thrifting plan, we tried to find an ARC in Pueblo. After some searching, all we found was a donation station. I happened to trip across a Sara Lee Bakery Thrift Store that I thought might have a bathroom, so we stopped in and used the bathroom, bought a baked good and chatted with Lydia about how to get back to the highway.
After a harrowing re-entry onto the highway and a lovely drive, we stepped out of our modern-day world and had lunch at a mom-and-pop cafe in Raton. Yes, we were in New Mexico.
Erin slept while I drove to Logan.
Not Logan Makis.
Logan, New Mexico.
Kind of ambiguous, the Just Stuff. Just saying.
Now that Erin was fully awake, we had a compelling conversation, much of which I taped without her knowing. I'd provide a link to what I recorded, but frankly I'm tired, and this freaking slow "High-Speed" HoJo internet is bringing me down. So I might try tomorrow.
But I digress.
Such was the case all day. The car was rocked by waves of wind and heat. And we successfully found our way to Lubbock, somewhere around 7 pm.
The woman who checked us into the Howard Johnson's (chosen simply for the kitsch-factor) was super-pokey, but we finally got access to our room, which upon entry was super-hot. So we went to dinner while the room cooled off.
Where does one go for dinner in Tey-Has?
A steak house, of course.
Google steak house and google restaurant in Lubbock, and you'll get more hits for the former.
Unfortunately, we lost an hour moving from New Mexico to Texas, so it was 9:30 pm by the time we were ready for dinner.
Erin had a wedge salad and a baked yam.
I had a dinner salad, a baked yam and steamed asparagus.
Not a steak in sight.
Welcome to Texas.
So far, it's been established that it has a big blue and white sky, dotted with a whole lot of what one might assume is not much.
But things aren't always what they seem.
It was a great day.
I drove the whole time, and while Erin was asleep, I had a very pleasant time in my head, all by myself.
When we were both awake, we talked about stuff.
We talked about how we seemed to be on the Recession Tour. Every town we visited had a number of boarded up buildings, vacant spaces. Maybe that's the case in a normal economy, but towns seemed somewhat desolate and sad, all along the way.
Including Lubbock. Lubbock on a Monday night seemed completely shut down. Like a Twilight Zone episode. One of those where everyone falls into some alternate universe but you, and you're the only one who doesn't know.
But again, I digress.
We had a lovely dinner. And now we're back at the hotel, ready to span the space between here and Austin tomorrow.
Today was a beautiful day.