Saturday, March 16
the incomprehensible guide to road tripping across the states
Driving across the States is a bizarre experience. The altitude change from the Grand Canyon to Tucson, Arizona was made obvious by the replacement of cacti instead of snow. However, it was still very cold. In Tucson we went to an airplane graveyard and museum where you can see literally thousand of airplanes being pulled apart and recycled. If you go on a guided tour you'll be simultaneously terrified and fascinated by the development of these war machines. The Flying Fortress is probably the most horrifying machine I've ever seen - no wonder so many didn't return home.
I've already written a post on Marfa but, in the context of the road trip as a whole, it's by far a highlight and perhaps a good way to reinstall faith in America. The straight, long roads of Texas surrounded by fields, tumbleweed, strange cloud formations, train tracks and distant hills are beautiful to travel. Every now and then you pass bizarre, tiny populations of hicks. Often, in the distance, you'll see Border Patrol vehicles raising dust and dirt across the fields. The border crossings are out of control! On that note, driving through New Mexico was a shocking experience - it's improvised with shanty town housing. For part of the trip you can even see the border between the States and Mexico, it is marked by a strangely unassuming fence.