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Crops in the Desert


tl;dr: From Van Horn almost to El Paso. From desert to heavily irrigated crop land. Boring day.

Van Horn has a dearth of restaurants, so I found myself biking over to the interstate McDonald´┐Żs every morning for breakfast. Watching a Chinese girl attempting to interpret orders from Mexicans and hard-core cowboys was stressful.

Today's ride was pretty boring. I am growing very tired of the desert. But, still, there are pictures.

I am getting skilled at fixing flats on my back tire.

As I got closer to El Paso, I was able to get off the interstate and onto local highways that cut through irrigated cropland. It seems that when water is available, farmers here don't bother with just sprinkling water. They flat-out flood everything.

There are also a lot of bee hives here. Bees seem to be attracted to my bright-yellow shirt. Better bees than cars.

I wanted to camp, but this area is pretty populated. And where there are trees, they are trimmed and flooded. And the local Hispanic population is very busy; there are people everywhere all the time doing something. So I found a cheap hotel. At a neighboring bar and grill, I shared my dinner with a half-dozen flies I was unable to kill.

how Texas sees itself

fancy junk

unusual objects

Van Horn

clock change

tunnel under I10

other side of tunnel under I10


horned lizard

cut hay

looking into Mexico



flooded pecans

flooded crops

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