Let’s just say it was a very challenging day. Pouring rain for most of it. I killed some time in the morning’s downpour by addressing the issue of my left front tire. Before I left NYC, I noticed some wear on the edge of the tire. I pointed it out to my mechanic who said it was nothing. Now 6,000 miles into the trip, it was obvious that it WAS something. Supposedly, an alignment and a new tire should take care of things. I hope so — for about $300.
That killed about two hours. I was about to leave — but then couldn’t. The mechanic had locked the van with the remote thing without me knowing it. The side door was open at the time he handed me the key. I let the dogs hop in, put my key on the floor of the van temporarily while I got the water jug to fill up and returned to find the dogs locked inside. So that was another half hour and another $30 to get Mr. Pop-A-Lock to come & let me back in. So I got rolling finally after noon — but it was such miserable weather that I really wasn’t all that irritated by the way the day was going.
Off to Ballinger, then south to dinkier towns — spaced far apart. And scary driving it was. POURING and keeping it under 40 mph a lot of the way which barely felt safe. Gripping the wheel because even though it was a major highway, it was not draining well and the channels of water were kind of pulling you around a bit. Glad to be settled in one piece!
Here in Alpine for the night — about 4 hours from El Paso. So, an extremely low volume day. I think I took about 40 photos total. Tomorrow, the forecast is not much better. I’d like to do El Paso right. I’m just not going to be down that way again for a long time and I have a fairly long list of things to shoot. So if it means sticking around another day, so be it. I’m pretty much on schedule so I can afford to be patient.
On with today’s tiny batch — from San Angelo in the morning. I wanted to get this oldie up closer — but as you can see — major flooding and I wasn’t going to risk it in the van or on foot:
Another sign in San Angelo — boarded up building:
Still San Angelo — on a sunnier day in 2008:
and today — note that they’ve painted over the mural and how dead it makes the building seem now. At least they left those fins and spiky balls alone:
From Marathon — a fun handmade sign:
So, that’s it for the night. Better luck tomorrow — with either quantity or weather — hopefully both!