Day One :
We drove from Austin and intended to drive as far as we could North into the Texas Panhandle.
We drove North on US183 and then cut West on IH20. At about Sweetwater we turned North again. Shortly after we headed North we topped a hill and suddenly we saw red lights floating well above the ground. The lights were at different heights and stretched from horizon to horizon. As we drove the lights seemed to change relative position. There were hundreds of these lights and they seemed to be hovering over what had to be hundreds of miles. The lights seemed to move and sometimes even flash.
We did not take a photo because it was dark and the lights were so far away, but we wished we had had a video camera. That might have done them justice.
...they turned out to be the the warning lights on hundreds and hundreds of electricity generating wind turbines.
This has to be the highest concentration of these things on the planet. We did not really understand the magnitude until the return trip. They really do stretch from horizon to horizon all around Dumas and Sweetwater.
After solving that mystery we kept driving north. We refueled and then we left the highway in New Deal, TX, to find a boondocking spot.
It was dark but we had our Delorme map software; we used it to locate what looked like a low population area. A half mile or so off the highway on dirt roads we found a field we could back into.
It was quiet and pleasant if a little cool overnight.
The sun came up looking similar to how it had gone down the previous night...
and then it was back on the road to head further North...
Greg in Austin
2008 Ford 6.0PSD EB/E-PH SMB 4X4 Aluminess f/r bumpers (13.5mpg avg, 15mpg hwy) 52k miles [Texas McBeast]
2006 Toyota Prius (48 to 68 mpg) 120k miles [Penelope]
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon (15 to 18 mpg) [Johnnie]
2012 Mitsubishi MiEV (no gas required) ($.50/day in electricity) [Evie]