From the bloggers at Roadtreking.
It’s always a long drive from out west to Florida, where we spend the holidays with family. Some years we just grind it out, driving all day and arriving worn out. This year we had been chased south to I-10 by the weather well before Thanksgiving, so we had a chance to slow it down a bit and arrive in better shape.
We had spent five days at Rockhound State Park in New Mexico, but the weather caught up with us again – Nov. 17 had a steady 30 mph wind with gusts to 50, and plenty of flying dust, so we battened down the hatches and satellite dishes and stayed put, heading out the next morning to avoid the freezing temperatures coming in behind the front. A check of the forecast showed us that we had to get into the Rio Grand Valley east of El Paso to avoid frost Tuesday night.
When traveling at a leisurely pace, we like to go through big cities around the middle of the day, avoiding the morning and evening rush hours, and El Paso certainly qualifies as a big city to us. There’s also a neat bypass around El Paso – Loop 375 – that avoids the hectic downtown sections along the river, so we got off I-10 six miles into Texas and headed east over the Franklin Mountains, coming south to catch I-10 again on the east side of town.
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