Friday, 16 January 2009
Day 4 Jan 15 Haskell,TX to Roswell, NM

It is cold; we woke up to 18 degrees F. outside. The propane heater really works well when it is this cold so nothing froze. Tonight it is going down to 22, nothing compared to Nashville where the forecast is for 5. The route today continued on US380.  This road, built in 1932 is 677 miles long, mostly 2 lane, and straight running due west from Greenville, TX to San Antonio, NM at I-25.  Most of the counties in West Texas are all exactly square 32 miles per side. The county seats are mostly dead center. Consequently when you cross a county line you know it is 16 miles to the next town. The speed limit is 70 mph but since there is so little traffic we ran at 55 mph. This is the most comfortable speed in the View. It is quiet, more relaxing, and saves 2 mpg compared to 65 mph. Roswell is best known as the place where a UFOs crashed in 1947 and was kept secret by the US Military. The UFO Museum and Research Center is here. The big discovery for me was to learn that one of the few 3rd kind encounters with beings possibly from another planet occurred near Hopkinsville, KY. In true southern hospitality the visitors’ first welcome was from a 12 gauge shotgun. Witnesses reported the creatures would float or fall over and scurry for cover when hit by the bullets. (see photo).  Mavis learned that in the event you sight a UFO do not call 911 (government office) call the UFO Museum in Roswell.

Posted on 01/16/2009 2:30 AM by Bob Duthie
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