I feel about the return trip the same way I feel about making the same piece of art twice.  Just not as much fun the second time around.  The challenge to myself today was to ask the question, “What do IH95 South and IH10 West look like from the other direction?”  Well, I had to do something – I had barely started the almost 18 hour drive back and was already feeling antsy!  So, in effect, the question is, “How is this reverse trip different?” 

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Different times of day, different cars around me, different stops for gas and potty, different food to eat, a different Starbucks, and a completely different perspective than when I left San Antonio 2 weeks ago today.  Stopping for the night after 11 hours of driving, I am tired.  Tomorrow another 8 hours, maybe 9 and then back to Texas, again.  

 

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 Twenty-three years ago tonight, Feb 1, I arrived at Dallas/Fort Worth airport having traveled from the Azores, Portugal, after living there for three years, to begin the Texas chapter of my life.  As I contemplate the past twenty-three years they have passed incredibly quickly and have overflowed with rich experiences and memorable people.  Tomorrow night, I will be back to Texas again, this time for a pit stop and then into another new chapter and more rich experiences and memorable people.  

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