Somewhere in Texas

6 am Beaumont, Texas

We woke up yesterday morning in west Texas — Fort Stockton — to clear skies and dry air. This morning, 600 miles farther east, we awake to mist and heavy, warm, humidity in Beaumont on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Within two hours of our drive’s start in Fort Stockton, it started pouring rain and continued for nearly 12 hours. We passed five traffic accidents (from people driving too fast in the rain; one car upside down in a roadside culvert), backing up traffic for miles as the authorities cleared the road. We passed from cactus and sagebrush, through green rolling hills, to land that looks a lot like the bayous of Louisiana. I’ve never been to this bottom corner of Texas before. It is lush and green and moist. A stark contrast to the drought stricken central California that we left five days ago.

Today we will visit Janis Joplin at the Port Arthur museum before heading towards New Orleans.

Total miles yesterday: 600; total time (including stops) 13 1/2 hours


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