I made it all the way to Las Cruces New Mexico this morning and I'm now boondocked at a Walmart on Interstate 10. I didn't think I would make it this far today but I got an earlier start that I'd planned on, and I crossed a time zone which removed the last hour of driving from my life which left me rested and refreshed and determined to make it out of El Paso Texas.
It's been maybe 10 years since I drove through El Paso Texas and the drive-through it today reminded me of why I waited 10 years to do it again. El Paso Texas has got to be the armpit of America. I'm sure there must be something good about it, but I have to admit I've never hung around it long enough to find out what that might be. The whole place appears to be made out of dusty brown dirt piled into low-lying hills which are covered with small houses which can barely be seen through the dusty brown air.
They do have a lot of roadwork going on, and I love seeing roads being repaired because it's about time, but other than that it doesn't appear to have much going for it. And having Juarez, one of the most dangerous towns in Mexico a few hundred yards away probably doesn't help the situation either.
So all of that kept me driving past my self-imposed 200 mile limit and on into Las Cruces. When I pulled into the Walmart parking lot I saw a Walmart security car with a flashing light on top driving around keeping an eye on things so I stopped him on my way into the store and asked him about parking overnight. He assured me that was no problem and the area that I had parked in was where I should be, and they try to keep the Big Trucks out of that area so the RVers don't have to listen to their noise all night. He told me they will be driving around all night and if I have any problems at all just flag him down and he will help.
I could be wrong but I think that's an indication of how much Walmart appreciates us RVers.
Tiny purple wild flowers growing in the Walmart parking lot..... And yes I do look like a dork walking around a Walmart parking lot with a camera taking pictures of tiny flowers.