A Surprise Waits For You At Every Turn

Just do it. Turn onto that unknown road.

Arthur Keith
Digital Global Traveler

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Things you might see in the Texas Panhandle: tornadoes. It is where Tornado Alley begins. Oil rigs and pumpjacks, especially in the southern and western portions. Grazing livestock and feedlots are everywhere. Photos by Matthew, Jim, and warren_price on Adobe Stock Photos.

I love road trips. But there’s one that is excruciatingly boring.

Yesterday, I returned home from San Angelo, Texas. If you make no stops other than for gas, it is an eight-hour drive from Albuquerque.

My 92-year-old mom lives there. The town has a population of about 100,000, but it’s so remote that the nearest Interstate highway is 66 miles away.

I’ve written about this trip before. It’s horrendous. If I’m trying to make time, I’ll make no deviations. There’s nothing new to see. Not a damn thing except every ten years when they post the latest population on the signs when entering Texas towns. There are also abandoned homes, ranches, and settlements that become more at one with the earth every time I pass.

The towns are continually decreasing in size. There is no draw to these towns that time has forgotten. They’re not on an Interstate. Their downtown areas are quaint, but the original stores no longer exist. Many still have brick streets. But there’s no reason for the kids to stay once they graduate from high school.

I pass through bustling Roswell (population 48,422), the largest city on the route. I was happy to see Popeye’s spring up there recently. They have the best spicy…

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Arthur Keith
Digital Global Traveler

My goal is to inform, educate, & entertain. Top writer in LGBTQ, Music, Climate Change. Directionally dyslexic with an excellent sense of direction.