We are currently driving through western Texas, and I gotta tell ya, there is nothing here. The topography makes it way more enjoyable to drive through than say Kansas/Nebraska (not looking forward to that run next week), but I personally have always found lack of civilization in such barren areas disconcerting.
I find myself gaining a new respect for those who made their way across here on horseback, with out the luxury of rest stops or air conditioning, scrounging for water from cacti or praying to whatever deity they fancied for rain , eating nothing but jerky or whatever they hunted that day, (or cousin John if the occasion called for it)…..
The things we take for granted in the modern world are sometimes not even thought about until you’ve got hundreds of miles of nothingness staring right in your face.
This tour has three bands, comprised of thirteen people with all our gear, traveling all the way across the country and back all the while maintaining a relative modicum of comfort… in about a months time. It’s really an amazing thing to think about. This would have been next to impossible even just a hundred years ago. And y’all can follow us in real time? Giggity.