Traveling Through to Texas PDF Print E-mail
Written by Susan Hollingshead   
Sunday, 01 April 2007 16:00

apr 2-07.jpgLast night our cost for staying at Casino Del Sol, with dinner and our gambling losses totalled $38.00, not bad at all. We had fun for hours and we slept in this morning, a rare treat. When we woke up and looked outside, the parking lot was practically empty and perfect for our hour long morning walk. The picture here was our view from the door of the Moho this morning. We were in no hurry to leave Tucson (had our friends Rich and Laura from the Rolo 2.0 Blog still been here we would have stayed another night) and we checked fuel prices on the internet to locate the best price in town (which was conveniently on our way out). We managed to get from Desert Hot Springs to Tucson on the half a tank we had in the Moho left over from the fall when we first arrived in the desert. California fuel prices are getting darn close to the prices in Canada; in fact I think with the exchange in currency in some parts they may even be more.

As we drove enroute to Texas, we were glad we filled up where we did because the prices were higher elsewhere along the highway. The temperatures stayed around the 30°C (86°F) mark for the entire drive and once again our dashboard air-conditioner kept us cool. It is nice to not have to use the overhead air-conditioners to keep the coach comfortable because it eliminates the need to run the “genny” as we travel. We did run it for a while this morning to recharge our batteries (we are an all-electric coach) and they lasted until we stopped in El Paso, Texas tonight.

The scenery from the Coachella Valley to Arizona and further on through New Mexico to El Paso, Texas is beautiful. Throughout western and central Arizona the Saguaro cacti are in abundance and are quite spectacular but once we drove east of Tucson they disappeared. There was desert terrain, rock formations, plenty of billboards and farmland. Once we were east of Deming, New Mexico we were inundated by one smelly feedlot after another. When we come across them it is hard to understand why people desire to eat meat; the lots are gross, unnatural and disgusting and bizarrely enough, there are residential homes and agricultural farmlands in and around them. I can just imagine what the water quality is like in that area!