Thursday, November 20, 2014

Abilene to Van Horn Texas, Two Days On the Road :: Winter Sojourn 2014/15

Copyright 2014, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

(Most notes from my Facebook page.  Photos taken with my iPhone.  Windows were spotted, dirty, had large dead bugs, ick.)  Substandard quality, but, I was lazy and Sony Too was buried in the back of the truck.  No excuse, really,  just lazy.)

On the way to Abilene. Stopped for fuel. Bio diesel. No fuel here. (Man will not put bio diesel in Jolly, unless forced too, warranty from Dodge states don't put more than 5% bio in this truck.  Becoming a issue.)

But someone had some serious ice.  (Believe it came off the undercarriage of a truck or car and dropped off here.)

Went right over us.  (Cool, eh? We were near an air force base.)

Cotton fields. Wind mills.  

(Later in the evening, I posted:)

So, now that we are as far south as we go this trip, for right now, we spent 4 nights freezing our backsides off near Weatherford Texas (as did almost everyone else in the USA, no, we are NOT special, we were C*O*L*D tho! LOL)

So, now, we are headed west. We had been told about the oil boom off of I-20 around Midland- Odessa- Pecos. Told campsites were tough to get and if you could find one, then, expensive.  So, rather than drive into the middle of that mess, we stopped east of it, for tonight.

(Next day.)

Oil and wind. Powering our nation.  

Have oil wells. Have storage. New ones are rusty till painted.  

Stunning what an oil boom does and looks like.  (And, then, I took some photos and posted.)

What oil boom looks like. Odessa Texas.  (Loads of equipment.)

(Jobs to be had.)

(Many new hotels and building going on.  By the way, if you needed housing, you could rent a small FEMA trailer for $400.00 a week.  Yep.)

(Further down the road.) Distant mountains. Ahhh. 

(Soon we passed from the oil boom and then, reality, ghost towns, many miles where you see little but scrub brush, I posted.)

Just drove by Toyah. More ghost town than not. Shock after all this oil boom we have been seeing. One out of maybe fifteen buildings were useful or lived in.

More Mountains:

I can look all day.

We stopped for two nights at Van Horn Texas.  

Next, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

There ya have it, two days on the road thanks to a crappy iPhone and Facebook.

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