Sunday, October 14, 2012

On the Road: Santa Rosa, NM, to Big Spring, TX

We awoke early on Friday, October 12, to the sound of rain. We wanted an early start so that we could get to Big Spring at a decent hour, but we didn't want the rain.

We secured everything in the trailer, then waited hoping that the rain would stop. It didn't. I donned my rain gear and went outside to prepare the trailer for the trip while Donna brought in our slide and finished securing the inside. In a few minutes, we were ready to pull out.

We drove down the street to the local McDonald's for breakfast, then stopped for gas. We headed south on US 84 towards Fort Sumner, a favorite haunt and burial site of Billy the Kid. It continued raining on us for the first few miles, then we were able to break out of the rain and leave it behind us, though we watched lightning to our west and southeast for a while.

At Fort Sumner, we turned east towards Clovis, New Mexico, near the Texas border. We soon passed through Clovis and had Texas in our sites. The state line separates the communities of Texico, New Mexico, and Farwell, Texas. After 2 months, we were back in Texas.

We stopped in Sudan for gas, then turned south on US 385 at Littlefield, hometown of Waylon Jennings. This is familiar country to us, as we lived in nearby Olton in the late 1970s. In fact, our daughter was born while we were in Olton.

We passed through Levelland, home of South Plains College, on our way south. I was reminded of a song by one of my favorite artists, "Levelland" by Robert Earl Keen. Despite the lyrics of the song, Levelland is really a nice, progressive community.

From Levelland, we passed through Brownfield, which was our shopping town when we lived in nearby Wellman in the mid 1980s. While passing through, Donna suggested we detour through the small community of Wellman, which is 12 miles southwest of Brownfield. Our daughter began her school career in this town, and I have very good memories of teaching there. So, we took the extra time to pull our trailer through the narrow streets of Wellman, looking at our former home and other sites.

The remainder of the trip was uneventful. We stopped in Lamesa for gasoline, then crawled into Big Spring and secured a site at Texas RV Park, where we stayed about 2 months ago. We set up the trailer, then cleaned up and went out for a meal. We would spend the next few days visiting our daughter and her family before heading to East Texas.

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