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Sunday 31 March

As like the Roy Orberson song, we drove all night from Pheonix to Memphis. It’s usually a 2 day drive but with Tim and Chris at the wheel we did it in 22 hrs. Stamina of the gods those 2. I tried to do my best by staying awake with each driver whilst the other one slept, but I finally collapsed around 4am. So, no change there. Along with the other big drive - Minneapolis to Missoula – you realise that it’s on these journeys that you get a true idea of the enormity of this country. Just vast expanses of nothing sometimes. I don’t know why it’s so hard to get a green card, it’s not like they’re running out of space.

Arizona was arrid and hot with thousands upon thousands of cacti dotting the landscape. Sometimes taking on the appearance of gnarled old men who’ve been strung out in the middle of nowhere to be crucified.

Dusk brought with it New Mexico with the sun setting behind us as we ploughed on heading for Arkansas. In equal proportion to the landscape, the night exposes the never ending quilt of stars and a Moon so close and clear that you could almost touch it.

Sunrise came as we neared the border to Tennessee, crossing the Mississippi once again as we entered the City of Memphis.


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