Now that I’ve traveled through Texas a few times, I’ve noticed there are certain things that can be expected. For your reading pleasure, I have compiled a short list of my observations.
1. It is very likely that travelers to large, Texas cities will have to deal with highway and bridge construction. Personally, I find it intriguing to see the progress made on bridges and flyovers with each visit. It must take some serious OCD on the part of everyone involved to get those things to balance right and end up meeting the initial goals of the planners. My husband, on the other hand, is less intrigued, having seen so much construction in the past 10 years. He’s usually just ready to get past the traffic.
2. As travelers leave the outskirts of the cities and head south, they will begin to see signs of civilization becoming difficult to find. From one horizon to the other are short trees (bushes?), cacti and sand. Occasionally there are livestock, oil fields, gas stations and even tiny towns; but, mostly there are little trees cacti and sand. Admittedly, that part of the trip is usually good for listening to audiobooks. 😉
3. Travelers may begin to feel like they’ve entered a different country as they continue moving south. Many of the cashiers and other customer service workers are bilingual and it is common to hear more Spanish than English in some establishments. Also, tex-mex cuisine begins to give way to more authentic Mexican cooking. Even Walmarts carry many more Latino products than the ones in more northern latitudes. I found it somewhat disconcerting the first few times I was here, but it helped having my husband with me since he grew up with a Panamanian mother and is therefore plenty familiar with the language and food.
4. Laredo, Texas can be a headache for professional drivers to get a load out of; especially on weekends. It’s incredible how many bobtail tractors are parked at the few truckstops here on weekends while their drivers get showers, do laundry and watch a movie or ‘the game’. Because the trucking industry has a higher percentage of males than females, it’s a bit of testosterone fest in the driver facilities area of the building.
So, there you have it, readers, on this Monday evening as we sit here-still in Laredo-waiting to find out what to do with a load we picked up this afternoon only to find out after weighing it that it is overweight and therefore illegal to pull. Sigh. Just one of the annoying parts of the trucking industry.
Until next time, readers, drive carefully 🙂