|The old road house at Thoreau|
I don't enjoy driving under those conditions, but when it's quiet out there, it's nice. Set the cruise, put on a good book or podcast, lean back and relax. I had a nice taste of that a couple of time this winter when I-40 was being hit by weather and the Phoenix truck and I met in Lordsburg instead of Holbrook. I-25 going down to Las Cruces is very quiet at night. The change in scenery was nice, too. At night the scenery is mainly in your head. It's what's conjured up by the place names and the hazy outlines of cliffs and canyons in the starlight, the sharp outlines of a slender woman's body, the past, churning like the low rumble of the engine, the warm sunny days, the cold dark nights, mile markers ticking off, exits not taken, the road always stretched out ahead.
The port dispute will be over soon, most likely, resulting in a freight glut of a few weeks. The shipping companies owners' union has tried a lockout and tried ending overtime to cause the backup and make it worse and has tried getting the Obama Administration involved and their PR people are feeding non-stop propaganda to the media, but the situation is costing people money and the Longshoreman's Union is one of the strongest unions in the country. I think they'll flick off this latest attack by the port owners' union. Then freight rates for those California loads will spike and it will be back to normal on I-40.