There was a decent sunset last night, not spectacular, but decent
I got to the Fort Stockton Texas Walmart about 2 o'clock o'clock in the afternoon, but I went through a time change so that meant it was 3 o'clock. One hour of my life gone, I don't know where it went, and I didn't get a chance to enjoy it.
I'm really glad to be out of New Mexico, I'm hoping my luck will change now that I'm in Texas and the weather will be warmer. As I was leaving Brantley Lake state Park this morning at about 9 o'clock it was 22° which to me is totally amazing considering how far south Brantley Lake is.
I called Padre Balli County Park on Padre island this afternoon and they assured me the campground is still open. Since their website is down I wasn't sure, so it looks like I'm still heading in that direction.
I came the long way to get to Fort Stockton just so I could avoid Highway 285, locally known as the Highway of death. There was still a lot of oil workers and oil tankers on the roads I was on but the roads were in much better condition because I guess they don't get as much oil business traffic as 285 does which is the quickest and shortest way through that part of the oil fields.
All the little towns I went through like Jal, Hobbes, Eunice, and others, seem to exist strictly for the oil trade. Oil company trucks, oil tankers and young oilfield workers filled the little towns. And quickly built mobile home parks full of RVs and the roughnecks that live there were everywhere, as were the Man-Camps for the single guys where they can sleep and have a mess hall to eat at, all at company expense, dotted the landscape. It looks like a tough way to live but because of the high pay and the endless overtime these guys make in a couple of months what most people make in a year.
I'll be pulling out of the Fort Stockton Walmart tomorrow morning and heading east on I-10 which will be a welcome break from the two lane roads I've spent a lot of time on today.
The picnic table at my campsite, it was far too cold to sit out there and eat
I know this picture looks warm, but it was so cold while I was taking it I couldn't take but a few.