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Day One:
Oklahoma: I-35
Texas: I-35 | I-35W

Day Two:
Texas: I-35W | I-30 | I-20 | I-10

Day Three:
Texas: I-10
New Mexico: I-10
Arizona: I-10

Day Four:
Arizona: I-19

Day Five:
Arizona: I-10 | I-17

Day Six:
Arizona: I-10 | I-17 |
AZ 51 | Loop 101 |
Loop 202 | U.S. 60

Day Seven:
Arizona: AZ 51 | AZ 143 |
AZ 153 | Loop 202 |
Loop 303

Day Eight:
Arizona: I-17 | I-40
New Mexico: I-40

Day Nine:
New Mexico: I-40
Texas: I-40
Oklahoma: I-40 | I-44

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Trip Summaries
Days 1-3
(Oklahoma City to Tucson)

Friday, March 12, 2004

This was the day that began the year's major roadtrips. I drove 195 miles from Oklahoma City to Fort Worth. Besides two traffic jams due to construction in Oklahoma and a traffic jam in Fort Worth, it was an unevenful day. I think the average speed of other drivers was about 100 mph. I guess everyone else in Oklahoma was going south for Spring Break too!

Day One Trip Log:
Departed Oklahoma City, OK - 1:54 PM; mile 58,776
Texas Travel Information Center (Gainesville, TX) - Break - 4:01 PM; mile 58,904
Arrived Motel 6 (Ft. Worth, TX) - 5:18 PM; mile 58,971

Saturday, March 13, 2004

I almost ran out of gas in the middle of the desert on this day! The story goes like this - I was going west on Interstate 20 near mile marker 22, and my fuel light came on. Pecos, the last town with a gas station, is 20 miles to the east. The sign for Exit 22 says "Fuel," and there are two gas stations there, but the deal is, they were abandoned! And I didn't know when the next gas station was on Interstate 20 West (turns out, the next one was on Interstate 10 about 5 miles west of the end of Interstate 20), so I turned around, went back to Pecos, and gassed up the car. So with an extra 40 miles, I drove 545 miles on this day.

The weather started out cloudy and rainy and remained that way to Abilene. After that, the skies began to clear and it was partly cloudy by the end of the day. There were a few sprinkles in Van Horn, where I ended up for the day. But it was sunny while it came down!

Day Two Trip Log:
Departed Motel 6 (Fort Worth, TX) - 8:24 AM; mile 58,981
McDonald's (Willow Park, TX) - Breakfast - 8:57-9:10 AM; mile 59,007
Citgo (Cisco, TX) - Gas - 10:27 AM; mile 59,096
Schlotzsky's (Sweetwater, TX) - Lunch - 11:50 AM-12:17 PM; mile 59,186
Texaco (Midland, TX) - Break - 1:50 PM; mile 59,295
Chevron (Pecos, TX) - Gas - 3:49 PM; mile 59,434
Arrived Motel 6 (Van Horn, TX) - 5:05 PM; mile 59,526

Sunday, March 14, 2004

This day was relatively uneventful, both on the highways and the "scenery" I saw. Now, if you like seeing endless deserts, than today would have been your favorite day of the trip so far! Besides El Paso, it was just deserts all day, with an occasional mountain thrown in. Speaking of El Paso, I spent most of the morning at Hillcrest Baptist Church. It is a good thing to have a good place to go to church when I'm away from home, and Hillcrest was that place today.

Day Three Trip Log:
Departed Motel 6 (Van Horn, TX) - 7:52 AM; mile 59,531
Hillcrest Baptist Church (El Paso, TX) - Church - 8:44-11:02 AM MST; mile 59,660
Burger King (El Paso, TX) - Lunch - 11:32-11:48 AM; mile 59,668
Deming Truck Terminal (Deming, NM) - Gas - 1:22 PM; mile 59,914
Texaco (Willcox, AZ) - Break - 3:17 PM; mile 59,914
Arrived Motel 6 (Tucson, AZ) - 4:32 PM; mile 59,996