New Mexico, Land of Enchantment (TM)
The first 4 hours or so of my ride through NM was, essentially, this. I believe they were doing construction on every single state highway between this spot (just west of the NM/TX border) and wherever I happened to be headed. Though I never saw any actual construction; just construction workers and lots of signs about speeding and airplane surveillance that, frankly, creep me out every time I pass them.
The signs, not the construction workers.
Part of me wonders whether those signs are just bullshit designed to scare you into maintaining that “safety-conscious” 50 MPH for 26 hours or however long it takes to cross that barren mess at such a snail’s pace. I’m fairly certain that the number one cause of fatal road accidents in this state is sheer boredom.
New Mexico is a uniquely depressing and distinctly ragged-looking place until you hit a couple key spots on the map. Santa Fe being one, the other I had yet to stumble across.