We traveled 651 miles (1,048 kms) leaving Texas, crossing New Mexico, and entering Arizona by days end. The topography is often harsh, mainly rocky, sometimes sandy, usually with scrub or mesquite bushes, and it is very dry in need of rain. We did pass Pecan and Walnut groves making for some cool green and no dust while in that area.
Smells ... dead skunk! We have not seen many road kill, a deer, an armadillo, a snake and a few unidentified critters but our noses have been offended by those pesty dead skunks. Phew!!