Drive early, not late
We are late birds, but driving late at night is a killer, plus in Texas, we’ve realised they knock the speed limit down after dark. So we will be endeavouring to beat the heat and enjoy the views and leave before 8pm from now on.
Talk to the locals
We come from London, where making stray eye contact on a bus can lead to you getting stabbed or landed with a stalker, so this has been hard for us. But it has also been revelatory. We’ve realised that most people have something interesting to tell you, whether it’s that they’re Demi Moore’s godfather, like a guy in Roswell the other day, or that they would like to give you their Stetson, as a nice cowboy in New Mexico decided to a few nights back. Talking to people has actually been the best part of our trip (we write this now as a reminder, as we’ll forget it once we get back to the Big Smoke).
If you’re foreign, make sure you have a full tank by sunset.
Not because that’s when the vampires come out, but because the gas/petrol pumps get cranky about your funny foreign card, and driving through tiny towns looking for an open station when you’re about to run out will get you thinking about that scary motel film Vacancy. Not good.
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