I left Georgia October 1st to head West to California. I’ve made it since but during the 30+ hours of driving I had to makes a few stops, landing me in Shreveport, Dallas, and El Paso.
From Georgia to Shreveport, Louisiana, it was a nine hour drive, plus stops, making it the longest stretch I had yet to make. Originally, I had planned to stay longer in Shreveport but due to circumstances, ended up in a Days Inn just off the exit for a night. The stop was still all the worth it, I ended up running into another hooper (Lisa Clark) at the hotel and was able to get to know her a bit. If that’s not a chance of fate I don’t know what it is.
I left Shreveport the day after I got there, ready for a 3 hour drive to Dallas (thank goodness!) Once I was in Texas I would tell I was ‘West’. The land looked different and the vibe was something other than the East. Dallas was quite the trip, I loved the city and stayed with an awesome host whose name was Jose. Jose and many of his friends I met all grew up in Mexico and I got schooled on a bit of culture, and have been hooked on tostadas with hot sauce since. Thank you Jose! There was also another couchsurfer there during my stay named Marion, she was from France. It was very cool to meet another solo female traveler, I appreciated it and felt less crazy than some people make me out to be when they hear about my story. In all, I had the best time with Jose, Marion, and friends and will definitely go back someday. From Dallas, I made an even longer drive to El Paso, coming in at 10 hours.
El Paso is one of my most favorite cities yet, which I was not expecting to love so much. The culture is so different, the land is breathtaking, and the weather beautiful. I stayed with a girl named Amanda, whom I found through couchsurfing. I decided to take it easy in El Paso, I’ve become increasingly tired from the drives and lifestyle in general. I went to an open-mic night, ate the BEST FOOD EVER, and had my first experience riding a bike in a city (something I’ve been waiting to do this whole adventure). If there were a place like El Paso with more things for my lifestyle I would move there in a heart beat. From El Paso I took an even longer drive, coming in at 12 hours, to California. To be continued…
Photos and video below:
Beautiful mountains driving through New Mexico!!
View of El Paso
The first time I saw these in real life, I had to pull over to get some photos I was so amazed.
Jose, Marion and I at Deep Ellum in Dallas during my video shoot!
There is no tutorial this time, but check out the video from Dallas, Deep Ellum had the most amazing shots!
Thanks for reading! Until next time 😉
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