Saguaro To Sea: Standin’ Tall In the Panhandle


Once again, I find myself driving through Texas. This time it’s straight across the Panhandle on I-40. We spent most of Day Two on the winding roads, U.S. 70 and U.S. 60, out of Roswell, New Mexico and through Portales, Clovis, Hereford and Canyon. It’s hard not to like Texas with views like this.




U.S. 60 runs along the railroad tracks, and we raced a couple east-bounds down the road. A wave out the window drew a long low blast from the engine and I think the conductor was having fun too.


The rolling green and golden hills, the blue-blue sky, the white puffy clouds and the perfect temperature made this an easy day to travel 400 miles by car. Easy on the eyes, easy on the engine and easy to appreciate how big and beautiful the U.S. really is.

The only blemish is the cows. Their known as cattle in these parts, and the feed lots cover miles of Texas land. The smell covers even more. It’s not a pretty sight, especially when you see one down, obviously sick or deceased, and his brethren hovering a safe distance from the body. Makes you want to be a vegetarian to see how they are living.

The grain silos support the feed lots and they are more massive than I imagined. I think I’m developing a little fascination with them!


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Off we go to Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain. 🙂