April 24, 2014
Haven’t blogged because we haven’t had a decent internet connection since we left New Mexico. We have basically been riding I-40 since we left Canyon de Chelly through New Mexico, Texas, and the very long drive through Oklahoma. Last night we camped near Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Our night in Texas was at Palo Duro Canyon State Park near Amarillo. Texas in general in this area is pretty barren. We had planned to stay two days but there were no leaves on the trees and it was very hot. The canyon, like Canyon de Chelly, was a big gash in the middle of miles and miles of flat, scubby range land. It is a good sized canyon but after seeing the land around Moab and northern Arizona, we were underwhelmed and moved on.
There is a big contrast between the Texas landscape and Oklahoma. Everything greens up as soon as you enter Oklahoma. We had trouble finding camping so ended up in a motel in Weatherford where we stayed two nights to avoid thunderstorms and the worst of the wind. The prevailing southerly winds are constant and driving either east or west is a challenge. The trees along the I-40 corridor all lean to the north even when there is no wind. They grow that way.
Arkansas was again an immediate change in landscape with everything in bloom. The information center at the border was filled with beautiful azaleas and dogwood and crabapple trees in full color. We stayed at Springhill, an Army Corp of Engineers campground. There were lots of birds and a flock of Canadian geese complete with babies.
Now we are on a dash to North Carolina to avoid another round of thunderstorms and possible tornadoes.
It’s all good!