US90 West in Texas
The first photo is from 7/21/1978. This is a mile sign off TX-97
pointing to Los Angeles, Texas. The first photo was from a trip from Corpus
Christi to southern California. The rest was from a trip from Corpus Christi to Big
Bend. The car being used here in this first photo is a 1970s BMW and it was overheating badly
all the way to El Paso. This was a 600 mile trip that went through no towns with more than 20,000 people in them. It had a cracked cylinder head at the end. We did
35 MPH in an automatic in second gear. We were pushed into taking a trip
and the repair bill was $3,000 in 1978. I did like this BMW but it never
would have survived the mountains by Willcox and Yuma. When we were only 50
miles from Corpus Christi and this car had almost had it. It had done fine
in Texas before this. This trip was a real nightmare. I was too young to
get all of it at the time but people were really whizzing past us when we
were doing 35 MPH. I did have these photos up in 1998 but I took them down after a while. I decided to put them back up. I did get heat stroke on this trip. The air conditioner was off or the car would have done worse. I am surprised we did not blow the engine. I snuck my pet hermit crabs along for this trip. What a mistake. They were not around much longer after this. We ended up getting a nice rent a car to use the rest of
way to Southern California. This was super high stress and it was
expensive. And it is no joke that during this trip Tropical Storm Amelia hit our town! We had to sell this BMW and a month after we got home we had to evacuate to Austin for a hurricane. SELLOUTS ARE NOT FAMILY. I'm not willing to forgive certain things.
The rest were all taken on 7/21/1979 of TX-97 and of US90 West in West
Texas. It was with a different car.
This sign post is for Fowerlton, Texas and Los Angeles, Texas.
These three are west of Del Rio.
This is the Amistad bridge and this is looking into Mexico.
These two are of Dryden, Texas. I think this store is gone and this town
had a population of only 13 by 1988. That was only nine years after these
photos were taken.
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