Riding Through Texas

June 14, 2016 … leaving Elk City, Oklahoma, for Tucumcari, New Mexico, continuing west on I-40.  Another beautiful day, and the land continues flat topped by so much sky!
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The Texas border …. I-40 goes right through the narrow top part of the state.  We decided to go straight through and not to stop this trip.
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More of the same, as far as the eye can see … sky is getting a little ominous …
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Suddenly windmills!!  On all sides.
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Interesting building. Silo? Farm? No idea.
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Little church with a giant cross
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Near Exit 105 …
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Suddenly, we were passing a CAFO – (Confined Animal Feeding Operation).  The close-packed thousands of cows went on and on and on … It took many minutes to pass it, but it was on the left side and these are the best pictures I could capture at 55 mph.  Just sooo many sad black-&-white cows squashed together on bare ground under the hot sun.  Their stress was palpable even as we rode by.

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Right beyond the CAFO, we passed fields with actual grass and relatively few cows grazing.  It makes me wonder if these are part of the same operation – I suppose these are the lucky “grass-fed”  cows.  Or do they give all of them a turn at the grass and call them all grass-fed?  Forgive the cynicism, but it was quite a shock to actually see such an operation.
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Leaving Texas …  I’m sure there is much to see and do there, but it will have to wait for another day.
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