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TEXAS, U. S. A.

(Map of Texas, U. S. of A.)
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Merriam-Webster Online.

2005, Jan, 15 - Apr. 10

During the early part of 2005 I was driving truck for a company called `Mexico Trading'
which is a subsidiary of `Tropimex'.
Both companies are situated in
Richmond, B C. Canada.

I drove an International conventional pulling 53 Ft. reefers to towns in Texas.
Some of the products I hauled; meat, soap, etc. were destined for Texas
but most were bound for Mexico.

Returning to Canada I carried some American products that I picked up in towns in Texas
but most loads were products of Mexico; watermelons, avocados, etc, that I picked up
from customs agents in border towns such as Laredo, and Los Indios, Texas.

These are some of the pictures I took, through the windshield, along the route.

TRAVEL ROUTES IN TEXAS, U.S.A.
  • Hwy. I-10 E US 285 to SA (San Antonio)
  • Hwy. I-35 NW Laredo to Hwy. US 83
  • Hwy. I-35 S SA (San Antonio) to Laredo
  • Hwy. I-40 W US 287 to New Mexico
  • Hwy. I-45 N Houston to US 287
  • SA SA (San Antonio)
  • Hwy. US 281 W Los Indios to Laredo
  • Hwy. US 285 NW I-10 to New Mexico
  • Hwy. US 285 SE New Mexico to I-10
  • Hwy. US 287 NW I-45 to I-40
  • Hwy. US 83 NW I-35 to US 277

  • I entered Texas from different points but usually on Hwy. 285 from Colorado. This was also, usually the way I went back, but I liked to try different routes to see different scenery. One of the nicest places I saw, though I never got any pictures, I failed to take pictures of a lot of places, was Pecan Creek on, I believe, Hwy. US 83. just north of Rio Frio.

    HWY. US-285
    SOUTH EAST FROM NEW MEXICO TO HWY. I-10

    (Highway through scrub, buildings in the distance.)
    (Highway through scrub, buildings on the left.)

    (Highway through scrub, buildings on the left, sign on the right)
    WELCOME TO TEXAS
    (Highway through scrub, sign on the right.)
    DIFFERENT SPEEDS FOR CARS AND TRUCKS,
    DIFFERENT SPEEDS FOR DAY AND NIGHT,

    HWY. I-10
    EAST FROM
    FORT STOCKTON TO SAN ANTONIO

    (Highway downhill to scrub waste land.)
    (Highway through scrub, white dots amongst the scrub.)
    THOSE WHITE DOTS ARE BUILDINGS

    (Highway through scrub.)
    PEOPLE ACTUALLY LIVE OUT THERE
    (Highway through scrub, long butte in the background.)
    THE PICTURE IS TOO SMALL TO SEE BUT
    ALL ALONG THE TOP OF THE BUTTE ARE
    LARGE WIND MACHINES THAT CREATE ELECTRICITY.

    (Highway through scrub, tit shaped butte in the background.)
    KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE CENTRE OF THESE PICTURES
    (Highway through scrub, tit shaped butte in the background.)
    IT'S GETTING CLOSER

    (Highway through scrub, tit shaped butte in the background.)
    MY FAVOURITE PART OF THE HIGHWAY
    (Highway through scrub, tit shaped butte.)
    REMINDS ME OF...
    SORRY, THAT'S PERSONAL

    (Highway through cuts in the rock.)
    (Highway through cuts in the rock.)

    TRUCK STOP
    SAN ANTONIO

    (Sunrise comes up behind a truck in the truck stop. Cat on the dash, eyes reflecting the flash from my camera.)
    Sunrise comes up behind a truck in the truck stop.
    (Close up of previous pic.)
    A cat on the dash, eyes reflecting the flash from my camera.

    HWY. I-35 SOUTH FROM SAN ANTONIO TO LAREDO

    (Buildings to left of highway.)
    THE GOV'T, IS CONSTRUCTING A NEW WEIGH SCALE
    (Tex-Mex buildings to left of highway.)
    INFORMATION CENTRE
    (Main highway through scrub, construction ahead.)
    ENTERING LAREDO
    (Construction lane change.)
    (Bridge over freeway.)
    (Bridge over freeway.)

    HWY. US 281
    WEST FROM LOS INDIOS TO LAREDO

    (Los Indios, Texas - Highway through scrub.)
    LEAVING LOS INDIOS
    (Los Indios, Texas - Poor house on right.)
    (Los Indios, Texas - Abandoned buildings on left.)
    (Los Indios, Texas - Highway through scrub.)

    HWY. I-35
    NORTH FROM LAREDO TO US 83

    (Laredo, Texas - Highway approaching new bridge.)
    LEAVING LAREDO
    (Laredo, Texas - Climbing to top of bridge, sign says I-35 to San Antonio.)
    (Laredo, Texas - Curving over top of bridge.)
    (Laredo, Texas - Top of bridge.)
    (Laredo, Texas - View of buildings from top of bridge.)
    VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE NEW OVERPASS
    (Laredo, Texas - Construction below.)
    (Laredo, Texas - Starting down, construction below.)
    (Laredo, Texas - Information centre.)
    JUNCTION OF US 83.

    HWY. US 83
    NORTH WEST FROM I-35 TO US HWY. 277 at Carrizo Springs.

    (Highway through fields of scrub.)
    (Highway through fields of scrub.)

    Vista of highway through fields of scrub
    (Photo `05) I JOINED 2 PICTURES THAT DIDN'T QUITE MATCH BUT
    YOU GET THE IDEA OF THE TERRAIN.

    (Gravel pit, field of scrub, and large home on top of a hill.)
    (Close up of house.)

    (Picnic table under a roof at a roadside turnout.)
    I STOPPED AT A ROADSIDE REST AREA TO HAVE A PICNIC LUNCH.
    (Second picnic table under a second roof at a roadside turnout.)

    Vista of desert scrub.
    (Photo `05) FROM THE TURNOUT I TOOK SEVERAL PICTURES.

    Continued vista of desert scrub.
    TOO MANY PICTURES TO LINK INTO ONE PANORAMA.

    Continued vista of desert scrub.
    THE PICTURES ARE TOO SMALL BUT THERE IS A LAKE OUT THERE AND SEVERAL HOMES.

    HWY. US 285
    NORTH WEST FROM 1-10 TO NEW MEXICO

    (Picnic table under a roof at a roadside turnout.)
    I STOPPED AT A ROADSIDE REST AREA TO HAVE A PICNIC LUNCH.
    I MADE NOTE OF WHAT MILE THIS WAS AT BUT I LOST THE NOTE.
    (Highway through barren fields, buttes in the background.)
    LEAVING TEXAS, NEW MEXICO AHEAD

    HWY. I-45
    NORTH FROM HOUSTON TO US 287

    (Highway through trees, dirty clouds overhead.)
    FAREWELL HOUSTON
    (Highway, curving towards buildings.)
    I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THIS IS,
    IF YOU DO, SEND ME AN E.

    (Freeway through city, buildings on left.)
    (Freeway through city, soccer pitch on right.)

    (Freeway through city, church on right.)
    (Close up of church.)
    THERE ARE PROBABLY MORE CHURCHES IN TEXAS
    THAN IN ALL OF CANADA.

    (Highway through ploughed fields, dirty clouds overhead.)
    (Highway through ploughed fields, lake on right.)

    HWY. US 287
    NORTH WEST FROM I-45 TO
    I-40.

    (wichita 
falls, Texas - Highway, buildings to each side.)
    ENTERING WICHITA FALLS
    (wichita 
falls, Texas - Highway, buildings to each side.)

    (wichita 
falls, Texas - Highway, buildings to each side.)
    (Highway, buildings to each side.)

    (wichita 
falls, Texas - Highway, through fields of green, dirty sky.)
    THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM.
    (wichita 
falls, Texas - Highway, through fields of green, dirty sky, green covered with snow.)
    NOT REALLY A STORM BUT,
    A GOOD STEADY SNOW FALL.
    (Goodnight, Texas - Wet highway through fields buildings covered with snow.)
    I BELIEVE THIS IS THE TOWN OF GOODNIGHT.
    (Goodnight, Texas - Wet highway through fields buildings covered with snow.)
    (Goodnight, Texas - Wet highway through fields, train to the right, blowing up snow.)
    (Wet highway through fields, train to the right, blowing up snow.)
    AT THIS POINT THE RADIO TELLS ME THAT
    ALL HIGHWAYS ARE CLOSED.
    I JUST MAKE IT INTO AMARILLO FOR THE NIGHT BUT
    CAN'T FIND A SPACE AT A TRUCK STOP SO
    I PARKED IN THE INFO CENTRE AND
    MADE SUPPER IN MY TRUCK.

    HWY. I-40
    WEST FROM AMARILLO TO NEW MEXICO.

    (Highway through barren desert, coated with snow.)
    LEAVING AMARILLO
    (Highway through barren desert, coated with snow.)
    LATE IN THE MORNING AS WE HAD TO WAIT FOR THE SUN TO CLEAR THE ICE.

    (Highway through barren desert, coated with snow.)
    WE ALSO HAD TO WAIT FOR MANY ACCIDENTS TO BE CLEARED.
    (Highway through barren desert, coated with snow.)
    FOR MORE PICTURES OF THE SNOW AND TRUCKS PARKED WHILE PEOPLE PLAY SNOWBALLS, CLICK HERE.

    END

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