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03/13  Your present plans...
03/14  Unscenic Lands
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03/19  Into the desert
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05/10  More Big Trees
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Unscenic Lands

2015-03-14

tl;dr: I drove across Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and into Arizona. McDonalds was hard to come by.

Though I was effectively parked at an intersection within sight of the nearest town, not a vehicle drove by the entire time I was there. If I was sleeping in a tent at that location, I'm sure I would have been investigated by the land owner, drunk teens and hunters.

I rolled off my cot mattress and hit the road. This is more convenient than packing up a tent. I stopped at a gas station for coffee, but I decided I'd wait to find a McDonalds for breakfast. That happened approximately eight hours and two time zones later. It turns out when driving across Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, there isn't always a lot to see, and there are almost no facilities. I am so glad I never considered bicycling across these states. I thought I was going to run out of gas on one stretch, but I fortunately had interpreted the map wrong. There are plenty of pronghorn antelope to see, though. Oh, look, another antelope!

To be fare, there was supposed to be a McDonalds in a town with the grand name of Las Vegas, but that town was about the scuzziest place I've ever visited, and when I couldn't immediately find the McDonalds I quickly moved on.

In New Mexico I saw a dead wolf in the median of the interstate. Or it was the world's largest dead coyote. Or a german shepherd discovered that diving out of a vehicle going 75 mph is a bad idea.

Western New Mexico is more scenic. By early afternoon I was having trouble focusing on the road. Actually, I mean that literally. I literally could not focus my eyes. Exhaustion does that to me. Whose stupid idea was it to drive through like this? I decided to stop for the day in Apache Sitgreaves National Forest. I found a secluded spot a couple miles off the road to camp for the night.

good morning Oklahoma


flat


Point of Rocks


pronghorn antelope


more antelope


yet more antelope


New Mexico


Apache Sitgreaves National Forest

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