Remember when I had my cd's stolen? I was so sad......still don't have them replaced, even though Calypso taped them for me and mailed them. Never received. BUT when I got ready for this trip, I pulled out cd's I haven't played in years. Cd's like "The Commodores, Donna Summers, The Platters and Leon Redbone". So I was jivin' going down the road. Those cd's were interspersed with "Big Joe Maher", Paco Renteria and Willie Nelson, just to name a few.
Never got to listening to the books on tape - the music was too good. UNTIL, I had a blowout ten miles from the Columbia bridge at the border. Oy vey. I backed down the freeway when there were no trucks or cars, then got off the road farther then the shoulder.......walked to a freight yard and asked for help to change the tire. Two hours later I was back on the road. Oh, did I mention that it was 98 degrees and I was in black pants and a black shirt? Yup.......how dumb was that?
By the way, no federale presence at all, no additional road blocks and no one trying to run me off the road........very, very quiet.........until I rolled into Texas. Texas looks like a "failed" state, if police presence is the key factor. Counted over 20 State Troopers cars before I got to San Antonio.
AND more......many more later on. I had forgotten how important "law abiding" is in the USA.
But it is a distant memory since I'm on the water. At the water everything is insignificant, even me!