Bernie and Susan, our neighbors from Manitoba, planned to head to Carlsbad as well but they were going to travel via Alamagoro. I mentioned he would have some hills to deal with. We said we'd see them later in the day because we were going the El Paso route, simply because it was one we hadn't done before.
We were on the road at 8:40 AM under (no surprise here) clear blue skies. The weather network was talking about rain and severe storms all through the east and the plains states looked like they were getting snow. We'll stay out of that as long as we can. East of Las Cruces on I-10, we saw quite a few feed lots but all the cows looked like holsteins. Maybe the lots aren't restricted to beef cattle. Sandy said one benefit of the motorhome was that we didn't have to smell them.
The only town we encountered in more than a hundred miles was the thriving metropolis of Salt Flat, Texas. It consisted of a couple of abandoned businesses, including the former Salt Flat Cafe, and one homestead. I know whe have a lot of barren stretches at home, when heading north, but this was even more desolate.
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