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    Always have armstrong, and the wife loves it as well. Sadly a thing of the past now since we have no plans to travel outside of Thailand together again. Although I would like to make the drive down to the deep south provinces one day and anything south of Bangkok would be a relatively new experience for us.
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    You must bloody love driving.

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    The wife said she woke to heavy pressure on her chest and upper arms. She struggled and tried to call me but couldn't get the words out. I was sleeping facing away from her and woke to her struggling and muffled calls. I thought she was having a bad dream and noticed the room was really cold. She gave a bit of a jump and then there was two lots of noise near the room door. I thought little of any of it and went back to sleep.

    Next morning the wife was quite disturbed and couldn't understand how after what she believed she really experienced she just went back to sleep almost immediately. You could put the whole thing down to a bad dream but then you'd still need to explain why the little wad of notepaper the hotels give you that was on the desk near the window when we went to bed was now on the floor near the door six meters away in the morning. Neither of us have had any similar experiences before or since. A few months later I did a little online research on the hotel and found it indeed has some interesting history and event reports, the most interesting being really unique but nothing like what we believe we experienced.

    I'd stay there again if I found myself there, but not in that room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoganInParasite View Post
    I'd stay there again if I found myself there, but not in that room.
    WOW!! Very interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoganInParasite View Post
    Nice one Klondyke.
    I was also lucky at Niagara more than 30 years ago. However, not so lucky with a wife like you but with a friend, passing by from Toronto one Friday afternoon on the way to Manhattan, and Sunday night driving back again.

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    Pressing on we continued west on interstate 40 and then on interstate 30 south west to the east side of Texas. I was really REALLY disappointed with the drive across Arkansas. For some reason I had been expecting to drive through country that looked like The Ozarks. We'd driven through the northern portion of them going from Oklahoma to St Louis a few days back. But apart for an early glimpse of some distant mountains that we veered south of, Arkansas turned out to me to be largely green, flat and boring features, at least along these two interstate. What we saw of central Little Rock as we drove through had some charm but it not a big place.

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    We got to Texarkana just inside of Texas in the early evening. We'd driven 766 miles that day. Last photo for today is of the wife at 3:50am next morning. I knew we had had an early start but that was a bit earlier than I thought. There is a look of resigned tiredness in her face I think. The mad farang wants to go early. The goal for that day (day 7 I think) was to cross Texas and get to El Paso for the night). More tomorrow afternoon.

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    Deferred our shopping trip to Nan till tomorrow so can post a bit this morning. No point going to Nan if I can't get a burger at Crossroads Nan.

    We drove about 70 miles before we stopped in Royse City for breakfast. It was pouring rain, absolutely torrential and still dark except for the numerous lightening strikes. We got drenched getting from the car into the Dennys restaurant. The wife was suddenly quite cold from wet dress and the air-con. You can see my shirt was wet as well, much more than the photo would suggest. I remember there was a live cockroach on the floor next to us, but the breakfasts were fine.

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    We were having an interstate countdown day. I30 to Dallas, then switch to I20, then join I10 to El Paso. But after breakfast we were listening to the Dallas local radio and it was clear we needed to avoid the central city as even the interstates were being impacted by flash floods. So we avoided the worst of the problems by turning south on 635 and joining I20 south of the city. The sun was coming up and there were sheets of water on the roads and farm fields. Little streams were running fast where earlier there was only a slight depression in the terrain. Prior to breakfast the rain was perhaps in the top three I've experienced in terms of how heavy it was when I was driving. We kept moving slowly because everyone has seen those YouTube videos of cars being plowed into when parked on an interstate. This interchange was south of Fort Worth and much more impressive in height than the photo hints.

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    Somewhere in central Texas late morning we crested a low range of hills to find this quite knew rest stop, and tornado shelter it would seem.

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    We took this photo because they are all mobile oil drilling rigs waiting for a gig somewhere.

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    Some many railway lines in the US. When I lived there in the mid-90s the freight trains seemed to track at a sedate speed 35-45 mph. Nowadays they thunder through 50-65 mph but on long climbs they slow down considerably.

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    There is no doubt Texas is a big place in the context of the size of other US states. But most of it is flat and boring although there is often a low mountain rage in the distance that you never reach. In terms of geography the only interesting country we saw was within forty miles of El Paso. Here we are mid-afternoon two-thirds of the way across the state with a big sky in front of us. Traffic has died away considerably.

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    We got gas in a beaten up road stop in Van Horn. The restaurant kitchen was half open, sufficient for us to see we didn't want to eat anything from it. Thank God for diet coke and packets of crisps. The attached dining room is the most bizarre I've ever seen.

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    About 4:30pm and getting close to El Paso. More big skies.

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    View out of the hotel window towards El Paso and Mexico, dinner, sunset and the lights of El Paso. 810 miles for the day.

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    Well this thread hasn't exactly set the forum on fire, but bugger it, I'm 80% through the trip and will finish it. The plan for day 7, or 8, or whatever it was was to drive from El Paso across New Mexico and stop in Tuscon Arizona. After we left the hotel we got off the interstate and drove to the El Paso CBD before rejoining the interstate 10 and head west across the Rio Grande River.

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