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July 2

Albuquerque - Utrecht


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The Old Town of Albuquerque is relatively compact, unusually quiet on a Monday morning, and mostly occupied by little restaurants and tiny galleries. The main attraction, however, appears to be Breaking Bad, a show I have not seen, including a Breaking Bad RV tour.

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Time to go home.

This is my preliminary takeaway. Texas men wear jeans, flannel shirts, suspenders, hats, knives, a drooping mustache, and probably a gun, though we have not seen any. They're either huge or skinny, but mostly huge. They're Euro-American, Latino-American, or Native-American, but hardly ever African-American. They drive over-extended pickup trucks at 75 mph on farm roads and remain frightfully chipper under the weight of the heat. Bridges may ice in cold weather. They hardly ever run across water, while roads may flood. Most buildings are made of stone for the same reason that barbed wire was developed here: not enough wood to build regular fences. Where Western Australia is vast and empty, West Texas is equally vast but the land has been widely cultivated. There is not much natural water to be seen, yet, away from the desert proper, it’s all farmland. An astonishing feat of engineering and perseverance, I take it.

For the record: the combination of heat and humidity was much worse last year in Sri Lanka. Texas in summer: it’s a breeze. Well, it’s a wind. It’s a big wind.

Posted by FierceOrc 13:44 Archived in USA Tagged rv texas new_mexico

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