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This afternoon I find myself in Fort Stockton Texas Boondocking at the local Walmart. I came down Highway 285 from Carlsbad to Fort Stockton which I hadn't been on for a long long time and I'm not sure if I want to go on it again.
285 is a two-lane blacktop out in the middle of nowhere the problem is it's all oil country and it gets a lot of use from the hundreds of oil tankers that pick up the oil at the Wells and take it to wherever oil goes. And that leads to three problems. One is the oil tankers drive very fast and don't particularly like anyone in their way. The other problem is the two-lane road is really beat up, probably because of all the oil tankers driving on it at high rates of speed. And the third problem is because these tankers are driving on beat up dirt roads to get to the Wells, and their driving on beat up Highway 285 At a high rate of speed , their tires come apart pretty regularly.
285 was littered with tire carcasses, in the road, beside the road, they were everywhere. I'm not talking about one tire tread every mile or so, I'm talking about every hundred yards or so you had to dodge a piece of tire laying in the road, which I have to admit does keep you on your toes.
And in the midst of all that something happened that all my years of driving I have never seen before in my life. Now remember this is a two-lane road . A pickup truck was passing me and just as he got beside me a another pickup truck passed both of us! That's right there was three of us side-by-side on a two-lane road. The pickup truck that was passing both of us was in the dirt and was going so fast I didn't even realize what was going on until he had passed both of us. I did see that he had a big oil company sign on his door so it was probably a company truck and he just didn't care.
But I survived and made it to the Fort Stockton Texas Walmart unscathed where I plan on Boondocking for the night with a few of my brethren of the road.