May 26, 2017
Well, I finally made it! About 220 miles west of where I had been staying in Alpine for the past few nights, and after wrapping up some loose ends over that way in the morning, I continued west on Route 90 to where it intersects (the dreaded) Interstate 10 and eventually planned to pass through El Paso, which is as far west as you can go in the state of Texas (having entered the state about as far east as you can go), on my way to Las Cruces, New Mexico (about 45 miles further up the interstate) where I would be staying for the next 4 nights.
Because of my loose ends earlier in the day it was a little after 3 o’clock local time when I arrived in the El Paso area and, seeing as this was the Friday going into Memorial Day weekend, I checked my AAA TourBook (at a highway rest stop, not while I was driving) and decided to get off the highway to avoid rush hour and see a little bit of downtown El Paso. That turned out to be an exercise in frustration for two reasons – first, they were doing street construction and I had no idea where I was and at times I couldn’t go where my GPS was trying to guide me. Second – the city was preparing for a big Memorial Day celebration and had other streets closed as well. Not a good combination.
Well, after parking a few blocks away and continuing on foot I did finally make it to my primary goal – the El Paso Museum of Art.