Texas Plains Trail
An icy Sunday wonderland in Caprock Canyon country
Paducah Floydada icy sign
Sunday morning in the Hub City, and there are still icicles hanging from the roof -- and we're in the warm part of the region. There's no way to head north until the mercury rises.

Which it does, after noon. But DriveTexas.org (don't leave home without checking it!) warns of black ice, snow, and even some more wintry precip tonight in the Canadian River Valley.

Looks like I'm not going to start in Perryton. And in Canadian there are reports of power outages not even related to the storm. I'll have to catch up on that stretch in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned.

Icy US 62_ Motley County
Icy roads are nothing to take lightly. Heading east on US 62, with a course to catch up with US 83 in Childress, I find it easy going for the first fifty miles or so. But in Floyd County the landscape takes on an eerie stop-motion effect against the cotton-gray sky, with glass-encased stubble like withered arms reaching up from the ground, flattened against fencelines.

Approaching the rugged canyon breaks across the Motley County line, the air suddenly turns to a freezing fog that envelops the horizon. Only the leeward sides of red-clay cliffs signal that the land here has changed drastically from flat. This is the region where the southern Panhandle meets the plains, and on a clear day the vistas are breathtaking. US83 traverses terrain like this throughout its length in Texas. On a day like today, with temps hovering just a few notches above freezing, it's hard to appreciate its singular beauty. Yet it is hauntingly beautiful, its quiet fields and bent cedar trees passing by at sixty, the charcoal ribbon of road threading through to connect tiny dots like Flomot, Matador, Whiteflat, Quitaque, Turkey, Estelline with larger ones like Childress.

Chevy Trailblazer
Look for Chevy Trailblazer DD52X along the road!
Those places, too, will have to wait for another day, another trip to investigate the bison at Caprock Canyons State Park (and Clarity Tunnel on its Trailway), the history videos at the Old Motley County Jail, and the Church of Western Swing in Bob Wills's Turkey.

For tonight, at least, I'm snug in a Childress hotel room and ready to check out this nexus of US 83 and two other major highways.

See you in the morning.
Barbara_s TrailBlazer Blog

Follow Barbara's TrailBlazer Blog throughout the next ten days of the Great US83 Whistle-Stop Tour. Looks like icy roads are expected to clear tomorrow, and I'll be heading out.

Barbara Brannon, PhD, Executive Director, Texas Plains Trail Region
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52 cards in a deck. The B-52 Bomber. The atomic number of tellurium. The number of white keys on a piano. The number of weeks in a year. The number of counties in the Texas Plains Trail Region. Travel our scenic highways and byways in 52 counties and 50,000 square miles of the Texas Plains and Panhandle in 2015 -- with our virtual tour guide. And see where it all happened.

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Quanah Parker Trail arrow dedication_ Mobeetie _Wheeler County_
Quanah Parker Trail arrow dedication, Mobeetie (Wheeler County), with descendants of Chief Quanah and members of Wheeler County Historical Commission
Texas Theater_ Shamrock
Texas Theater, Shamrock (closed last Saturday night for the first time in five years_ due to weather!)
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Palace Theater_ Childress
Palace Theater, Childress
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