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New Mexico, Texas

Friday October 12

Anna and Chantal, just before our departure.
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As we were leaving Albuquerque in the morning Christophe (our son) and his friend Matt were flying to Phoenix to load up a U-Haul truck and drive it back to Maryland. We'll be driving in parallel, they through the middle of the country, we through the South.

For the first time since Indiana we encountered rain.
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Right after we crossed the border into Texas,
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we got a flat tire. We pulled over and started the process of taking off the wheel and putting on the spare. A nice man with a Spanish accent stopped and gave us a hand. Fortunately he had an air compressor and a power tool for removing the lugs, because of course they were so tight that we couldn't have gotten them off with te rinky-dinky wrench that comes with the car's tool set.

A highway maintenance truck pulled over too and remained with us with his lights on to protect us from oncoming traffic.

Despite the bad experience of getting a flat as soon as we entered Texas we got a very good first impression of Texans.

There was a tire store in town so we were able to get the tire replaced.
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This is the damage and what caused it.
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We saw our first cotton plant.
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According to Wikipedia the Lubbock area "is the largest contiguous cotton-growing region in the world".
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We saw lots and lots of these contraptions. Can anybody tell us what they are?
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Posted by UsaRoadTrip2012 20:39 Archived in USA

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Just in case you're not joking...it is an oil well. Didn't know Texas was a big cotton growing area though.

by Anna

Anna (McHale), we figured they were oil somethings, but they're small and dotted all over the landscape and don't seem to be connected to anything. Where does the oil go that they pump up?

by UsaRoadTrip2012

Steve says there are small 1 -2 inch pipes that you prob didn't see or else there is a tank and they come by and empty it.

by Anna

Amazing that thing you pulled out of your tire! Yay for the friendly Texans.

by Margy

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