Van Horn was located at a juncture where I could continue on a more precise version of the Old Spanish Trail or break off the slab and follow a lesser traveled path heading south. I elected to head south along the border and see what crops up. Leaving Van Horn around 9:20 am I set out on US highway 90 towards Marfa. Why Marfa you ask? I haven't a clue, because it's there I guess.
Texas is a state rich in historic events so there are tons of "point of interest stops all along every highway. I made the most of them as my goal wasn't to make time but to see things.
Shoes and purses seem to be the focus for this particular "art" exhibit. Seems a bit off to me but I saw a stranger one in an art gallery in San Francisco. Old shoes piled up in a circle on the floor that was supposed to be representative of something.
With my art appreciation time fixed I was off to Valentine. The run was uneventful, the road long, straight, and bumpy as hell. There were a number of caution signs out regarding the poor road condition but I didn't think it was so bad. The suspension mods Jerry did to the Bonnie while he owned it seem to be working great, the ride is smooth and comfortable.
Valentine seems somewhat, uh, abandoned. The houses still occupied have their windows covered up with bed sheets or foil, most likely to help keep the glare from the sun at bay.
There was a lady watering the plants when I stopped to take this photo but she kind of ducked around the porch out of sight so I didn't want to disturb her privacy. I wondered if she happens to be the Kay Johnson on the sign? I'd like to know more about the library.
One thing of interest were the old telegraph lines abandoned along the highway. The went on for miles and nearly all of the wires were drooped down to the ground and broken.
|Open range. Lots of green grass for the bovines|
|The Stardust Motel's footprint is all that remains|
|Marfa at last. And the water's safe to drink too.|
|I always like to take a shot of the main drag as I enter a town.|
|The tile work on the Brite building is amazing. It was built in 1831|
Wherever Presidio was located it doesn't seem to be around any more. Not that I could tell anyway. It's those darned aliens, always beaming things up.
|On to Alpine.|
|The Pecos River|
Well shoot, I don't know what happened but all the comments I posted on the pics went away when I published this post. Bugger all, and I'm tired so the heck with it.
I'm in Del Reo, Texas tonight, heading further south tomorrow. All is well.