Driving south on 54, you can see the Franklin Mountains from 50 miles away. It is so hard not to drive triple digits when you are out there because you feel like you are getting nowhere fast.
From El Paso, I decided to drive across I-10 to the gulf coast to visit with a company I work with. Again, there was risk of freezing rain reaching all the way down to Junction, TX and even Austin, so I had to keep up my pace.
Not hard to keep up a pace on I-10 across Texas. LOL!
When you get about an hour east of El Paso you do have to cross this mountain range on the interstate.
On the other side is a border patrol checkpoint. Yes you read that right. When you leave out of El Paso in any direction, on any road, you will have to pass through a border patrol check point with drug sniffing dogs, agents, the works. Makes one feel really good about being in El Paso.
If you do go to El Paso, you should check out the factory direct boot stores. I picked up some nice bargains on cowboy boots. Unfortunately there was no place to put them in the Solstice, so they road on the passenger seat.
Not much traffic when you are in the middle of nowhere.
Occasionally something of interest.
One time I let the fuel get mighty low before stopping for gas. Not a good feeling when you don't know how far the next service station is.
From Junction, TX, I decided to take back roads towards Austin with the idea that I could pass north of Houston to avoid the traffic there. Spotted this little yellow Solstice from Arkansas.
Trying to avoid Houston was a mistake. I hit town after town with cars 50 deep at some intersections. My left leg was worn out from pushing that clutch in.
I decided to stop in Lake Charles, LA for the night because I wanted to try out a seafood restaurant I had heard about.
If you ever get a chance to stop at Steamboat Bill's, you will not be disappointed.
There were so many new dishes I had never tasted to I had to order a little of everything. I decided to take it to go because I knew I would not be able to move after eating all this delectable Cajun seafood!