–Speed limits have increased to the point there is little risk of a ticket. The old 55 mph has been replaced with 70 m.p.h. on state highways in Nevada and Texas. Interstate speed limits in Utah, Idaho, and much of the 800 miles of Texas I-10 are up to 80 m.p.h.
–Trucks out number cars on many of the highways. Amazing how much is shipped by truck.
–Big “unit trains” of nothing but containers are the order of the day and the volume of freight is staggering.
–Arizona and Texas seem to have more money than they know how to spend. Huge freeways, bridges, and interchanges abound in Phoenix and Houston. It seems like Boise is seeking an “impossible dream” to attract more people, cars, and businesses and attempt to preserve the small town feel along with being bike friendly. Urban sprawl and small town just don’t mix.
–New Orleans seems seedier than we recall from past visits.
–America is really really BIG! The vast open spaces of Nevada and Arizona offer a sense of freedom and serve to make us realize just how small we are in the big scheme of things. We went from the mountains to the desert, across fields of cotton and through orange groves over a five day journey.
–Part of the Florida panhandle is actually in the Central Time Zone.
–Southern pecan candy is pronounced PRAW-LEEN rather than PRAY-LEEN. Mississippi has lots of local candy stores.
–A chain of convenience stores in Texas called Buck-ees has locations with 60,000 square feet, 60 gas pumps and 40 urinals in the men’s restroom. They sell all kinds of jerky and locally produced candy and snacks.
–New Mexico has spectacular sunsets!
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