I could feel it as soon as the scenery arround me changed. The tall trees and yellowed grasses of the valley changed to hiways and biways with billboards and tall buildings (with the occasional appearingly thirsty palm tree). But the evidence of Summer’s impending arrival was marked by the dry windy heat of Coachella, CA.
We stayed at the TA again, this time parking nose in so there wasn’t an opportunity to see any “lot lizards” or have strangers come up to offer their wheel cleaning services.
We set out early the next morning to continue southeast toward Arizona.
The rock formations of Benson are such a sight to see. It’s as if that is God’s playground and he likes to stack these huge oddly shaped boulders to see if they just might all fit together.
The dry heat and wind continued to follow us into central Arizona. When we got out at a rest stop it felt as if each time we exhaled a small cloud of dust would escape our mouths. We had a load into Arizona and working in that heat sure required the need for a shower that afternoon.
But the Arizona terrain is something to be admired. The plants adapting to the climate showed so much green and the multitude of misshapen cacti stood majestically amid the underbrush.
We finally reached New Mexico, although it had felt like weeks since the landscape seemed to have been the same since Southern California.
And after spending a night in the Land if Enchantment, we continued on to the Lonestsr State. This time we took a different Interstate so things looked a little different out of my window, definitely more green. But once we got into the cities on I-10 I felt my blood pressure rise. The on and off ramps that they use are quite abrupt.
We did a 34 in Fort Stockton but it was so hot and windy we simply took refuge in the truck behind closed curtsins and watched movies.
We awoke very early the morning following our 34 and continued through Texas to make 2 deliveries. One of them would find us in Pflugerville (near Austin) and we knew James’ brother, Josh had recently relocated to the area. But as we have found in the past, it isn’t easy to meet up with people along our way. James called his brother and we attempted to meet up in the evening but when Josh asked where exactly we needed to deliver to, we found out he worked in the same building as where we were delivering.
I finally got to meet another of my brothers in law, after almost 7 years of being with my husband.
We made two more stops in Texas and then got a load assignment for Colorado Springs. We are on our way North and hoping for a little relief from this Summer heat.