With apologies to my author friends Billy Kring and George Wier, and all the other Texans I know, if I don’t see the Lone Star State again for a decade or so, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings one bit. The damn state just never ends!
You drive and drive through hundreds of miles of mountains, deserts, high plains, and piney woods, and you’re still in Texas! Enough already! Too much of anything is too much, and we’ve had way too much of Texas.
At least our second day on the road was shorter, just 504 miles from the oil fields of Odessa to the green countryside around Marshall, on the eastern side of the state.
One thing I will say for Texas is that they have some very nice rest areas along the highways. We stopped at one that had a neat display inside that included this replica of an old time Texaco gas station.
There was also this nice old set of wheels. The attendant on duty said it is a favorite photo opportunity for travelers, and that folks are welcome to get in it to have their picture taken.
Going through the Dallas – Fort Worth area is never fun because day or night, one can always expect heavy traffic. We stayed on Interstate 20 and worked our way through several traffic jams before we finally made it out the other side.
When we got to Marshall I was tempted to push on another 35 miles or so into Louisiana just to have Texas behind us, but as I wrote in yesterday’s blog, when we do that we sometimes find ourselves going much further than expected and regret it. Besides, after our 647 mile drive the day before, we were tired and wanted to get off the road early enough to relax before bedtime.
And I’m glad we did, because Marshall turned out to be a very nice little town full of friendly people and with a lot of history. While we were there I managed to get a couple of stories to share with our readers in an upcoming issue of the Gypsy Journal.
We also discovered a great restaurant called Cajun Tex. It’s one of those hidden gems the locals all know about, and the food was delicious. It definitely gets added to our Favorite Restaurants book!
Thought For The Day – I am not always rude and sarcastic. Sometimes I’m asleep.