It has been a busy week but everything seems to have "fallen into place" and I am ready to start my "grand adventure". My brother took the wheel off my bike so it fit in the back of the car with everything else packed around it. I left Houston at 7:40 a.m. on Friday morning and took HWY 6 through Navasota hoping to have coffee with a friend. Missed her but got to see the first of the Texas bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush. I drove to Waco and then took IH-35 to Hwy 287 and headed west on I-40. It was really a beautiful day but really windy at times. Even stopped at DQ in the afternoon for a dip cone - the standard family treat when we were little!!! When I got to Amarillo I wasn't very tired and decided to drive another hour. Big mistake!!! There was a huge grass fire and I-40 was closed for 1.5 hours. Closed as in turn the engine off and take a nap!
I packed my cooler with snacks and drinks and stopped at several rest stops along the way. My iTouch was loaded with a couple of audio books and I listened to one of those most of the afternoon. All in all a great first day!!!
Miles traveled: 711
Day's Destination: Tucumcari, NM