We met our friends Linda and Martin in Norco, CA on Monday and had a fine brunch at Polly’s Pies (yum) while recounting both of our journeys. They’d been on a different road trip to watch the eclipse from Rigby, Idaho. We always enjoy them and we stayed longer than we planned because we were having too much fun talking. 🙂 I don’t think we hit the road till 2 PM or maybe later. Saw lots of windmills along the way and hit 114 degrees on the outside of the car!
After a not-too-long drive, we spent the night in Phoenix but it was late and we didn’t have time to do anything fun or look around. We’ve been there once before but not for long that time either. Sorry, Phoenix, I’m sure you’re lovely.
The next day we drove back to Texas, stopping at a rest stop in New Mexico that included a monument to the Jefferson Davis Highway, put up by the Daughters of the Confederacy in 1955. Honestly, it threw me! Why was it there? Rich and I had a big discussion about whether NM was involved in the Civil War at all, which led to some research online from the car. Interestingly, NM was still a territory but both the Union and the Confederacy tried to claim it for their side. A part of NM seceded but most remained with the Union; however, there were actually some skirmishes and battles in the territory. I had no idea (or I’ve forgotten if I learned it long ago). Then I had to try to find out about the Jefferson Davis Highway, which led me to some information about the historical “auto trails” from the early part of the 20th century. All very interesting. Apparently in the early days of the automobile, different individuals and organizations would name portions of roadways to allow the first motorists to find their way more easily. The most famous of these is the Lincoln Highway but the Daughters of the Confederacy attempted to create a transnational roadway named after Jefferson Davis. It sounds like it never really got completed and was a bit confusing because there were various branches in different states. When the federal government decided to create a public highway system, there was some conflict between the two organizations and the highway department really did not acknowledge the Davis Highway. Still, the Daughters of the Confederacy put up markers in a variety of places throughout the US. Also interestingly, the monument at the rest stop was placed in 1955, during the time that these sorts of statues and commemorations were put up to intimidate people of color. So I took a picture of it and posted it on Facebook which led to several comments on both sides about taking it down or “destroying history.” Thankfully no one was ugly but I really can’t imagine how anyone thinks that there’s a good reason to keep these up.
Later, we stopped outside El Paso for a fine Mexican buffet dinner where the staff were super friendly and quite surprised that we were working our way home to Dallas. It was almost as if no one from out of town ever stopped at their place. 🙂 We decided to keep going to Van Horn for the night so we’d be a little closer to home the next day; after crossing two time zones, it was later in Van Horn than it felt to us but we were still pretty tired.
This morning we had breakfast at the hotel and then hit the road. Once we hit Interstate 20, I was totally at home and knew all the little stops along the way, having traveled to Pecos and Monahans for a job, lived in Odessa many years ago, consulted in Colorado City, had friends from Big Spring, lived for a long time in Abilene. In fact, when we got to Abilene, I almost felt like that should be the end of the road but we still had three hours to go. We didn’t even stop to see our kids in Clyde, since we thought Susan and Corey would be at work and the grands at school. We just kinda slipped on by. Then Susan texted me, “Did you drive through Abilene today?” We were about an hour out of town when she messaged. Oops, busted! Come to find out she was off work. I felt bad but she did not seem to be annoyed about it. I had messaged all the girls last night and told them we were going on to Dallas today so I feel like she could have said something about it then if she’d wanted to visit, right??!! Anyway, we didn’t have much time to stop and were kinda anxious to get home. It’s all good and we will visit them soon!
Hello, Dallas! We didn’t hit a lot of traffic, thankfully, though we had a few slow downs. Got home a little after 6 and the kitties seemed happy to see us. The plants are looking pretty good, thanks to our cat sitter. We unloaded the car, went through the mail, and I have a load of laundry going. Now we are just chillin’ and will get some more work done tomorrow. Glad to be home but it was an awesome road trip. So glad we did it!