I woke up this morning in Van Horn, TX and it was cold. It must have gotten done to the low 40’s or upper 30’s. With the heater not working in Winnie, I decided that I would add another Camping World to my list when I got to El Paso. Unfortunately, they were booked up so I bought another electric heater and a couple of propane cylinders for my catalytic heater. It’s supposed to get down to freezing tonight in New Mexico.
The drive to El Paso was unremarkable the land is pretty flat with mountains in the distance. Not a lot to see, so I decided to leave I10 at Fort Hancock and continue on Texas Farm & Market Road 20. This road took us within about 100 or 200 yards of the border. It’s interesting that the border fence in this area starts and stops. There are plenty of Customs and Border Patrol vehicles patrolling the road. Farming in the area is mostly cotton and pecans. I drove through a couple of small border towns – Tormillo and Fabens. The news on the El Paso radio was about a cross-dresser in a white dress that assaulted his mother with an aluminum baseball bat in Fabens.
Getting back on I10, we drove through El Paso and entered New Mexico. After passing Las Cruces, the traffic came to a stop for a Border Patrol check point. All vehicles are directed through a couple of inspection lanes where they ask you if everyone in the vehicle is a US citizen and then send you on your way if you don’t raise any suspicions. Somebody in a Volvo must have done that because they were parked with a dog being led around the car. He must have been okay because he passed me about a half-hour later. The other inspection they do is more covert. The highway is lined on both sides in the east and west lanes with an array of electronic equipment. Not sure what it’s for, but I guess some of it must be to detect nuclear materials.
There were three roadside attractions today. The first was the “Recycled Roadrunner” which is just off I10 west of Las Cruces. It’s about 20 feet tall and made of trash from the local landfill. The next on was an old Teepee located at the Continental Divide Store at the Separ exit from I10. Apparently the teepee was a big attraction back in the day, but has fallen into disrepair. Soon it will be gone like a lot of Roadside America from the 50’s and 60’s. The last one was a monument to the American soldiers who were captured in Bataan and Corregidor in the Philippines and were forced to march to Bataan. The monument is located at the Deming, NM Veterans Park.
Tomorrow’s trip will take us across most of Arizona with a planned overnight in Quartzsite.