Two Women in a Car: California to Alabama Day Three

… not to mention the cat. This is the third day on a road trip I took 30 July to 05 August 2016. Dear friend and fellow writer Debra bought a house in southern Alabama, leaving her California home of forty years. Traveling in her small Toyota with her and her cat Loki across the United States was an adventure and a time for me to see parts of the US I’d never seen up close.

Van Horn, Tx to Siguen, Tx
August 01, 2016
471 miles

Driving home from the steakhouse last night about 10pm, the Yaris shared the road with a line of horses and their riders. Yep, we’re still in Texas.

Days Inn. People keep calling us ma’am. For Breakfast, I ate part of a waffle in the shape of Texas–the southern part, of course. Loki liked our motel room because it had a window sill to lounge on. But it was time stuff her in her kennel and hit the road again.

imageToday the landscape was flat and barren, slowed in parts with construction. We mostly sped the highways at the posted 80 mph. Where the road cut through hills and buttes, we saw the strata of history in Texan sandstone. This picture shows the layered cut.

For those who like to study the more macabre, the road kill early on were skunks which lafter gave way to raccoons.

Birdsong now sounds much different than what I hear in California.

Our last fill up was $1.85/gallon. That was here in Texas.

Tragically we were without any Starbucks for the first three hundred miles or more. Just outside San Antonio, we saw the first green mermaid logo. The chilled drinks (cold brew coffee) came in handy for the heavy traffic though the city. We did take the Anderson Loop which helped some. Now we’re seeing much more vegetation.

imageWe checked in at the first motel we found after San Antonio. A Super 8.  We enjoyed some wonderful southern food at the Dixie Grill shown at the left. At 10pm, commuter traffic was still heavy, even denser than it was at 6pm.

More Texas tomorrow!

Trip report respectfully submitted by,
Michelle K

About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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