Another night, another roadside motel! Today has been all about driving. We went through most of Louisiana and crossed into Texas in the afternoon. The first city we hit was Houston, about an hour's drive into the state. In terms of roads, all of Americas big cities are absolutely crazy. Houston was no exception. There are two ring roads, a number of toll roads which are only open on weekdays (so not today, it being Sunday) and a gazillion junctions and bypasses linking all of these. Houston is roughly 35 miles (or about 50 kilometers) across from east to west and most of those 35 miles look something like this:
There's always roads running above you, beneath you and on either side. The road you're on is always branching off and you have to keep track of your road number and make sure you follow it. Exits can be either to the left or the right and the signs are not always 100% clear or visible. The only good thing about all of this is that you never have meeting traffic anywhere near you, or even on the same level. We took a small wrong turn (or rather, didn't turn when we should have) but because of the criss-crossing of roads, we were back on track pretty fast.
Once you're safely out on the other side of the city, you have six lanes going all the way through the suburbs:
In Sweden we're lucky to get a total of six lanes counting both directions! Bear in mind, this is only one of the roads going west out of the city :)
Oh, another cool thing! We saw new, exciting highs in the temperature here in Texas. We finally broke a magical barrier and joined the 100 club. That's right, 100 degrees Fahrenheit:
And for those counting in Celsius, 100 Fahrenheit translates as 38 degrees!
It actually went up to 103/39 a few minutes later, but only for a short time. We'll report back when we see 40 and above ;) And on this topic, YES we're happy with our air conditioning. AC is more like oxygen or water to Americans. It's not a commodity, it's a must. By now, we've really learned to appreciate that.
Not much else to say today. We spent about an hour in the swimming pool to fight off the heat before sunset and dinner at Tony's - a real American diner. We're planning breakfast there as well. Cherry pie and a cup of Joe, anyone?
List of things we miss:
-THE CATS! We saw a stray today, a skinny, miserable thing and my heart nearly broke. I had to console myself with the thought that we saved two cats from that life.
-Swedish tapwater. The water here is undrinkable. We've learnt to order our drinks with no ice, because even though the sodas are made with spring water, the ice is usually not...
-Our bed. Motel beds are very hit and miss. Tonight seems more hit than miss, fortunately!
-Real food. Getting hold of anything that's not fast food at a decent price is pretty hard. I have a strange craving for salads, fresh fruit, dark bread, brown rice... You get the idea.
Other than that, we're having a blast :)
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