Cross Country 2005 - Day Two

Reprinted from West Meets East

I can think of very little to say about my drive yesterday. From Flagstaff, I made my way across New Mexico and into Texas before calling it a day. The sun had long since set when I crossed the state line, so I haven’t even seen Texas yet—though from what most have told me, I haven’t missed much. We’ll see. I pulled into Amarillo well after 10:00 p.m., having lost two hours during yesterday’s drive (Arizona is on Mountain time, but doesn’t observe daylight savings, so I didn’t change the clock until hitting New Mexico).

One bit of excitement yesterday was passing through a classic Southwestern thunderstorm. New Mexico is known for its dramatic storms, made all the more impressive by the backdrop of buttes and mesas. As I cruised down I-40, bolts of lightning struck the ground only a mile or two away.

I know I’ve picked the easiest and quickest way across the U.S. by the fact that I’m sharing the road with hundreds of semi trucks. Time to go out and rejoin them.

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