My thanks to everyone who commented on the previous posts, and to the many more who sent emails. They all are deeply appreciated and they all help. Thank you.
I am heading west toward Taos, NM, where I will be house sitting in a remote area of Kit Carson forest for a week or so. After that I will have to draw up new plans, but for now it will be good just to have some peace and quiet and time for reflection for everything that has happened.
It has been almost too hot to drive. Driving an old air-cooled VW bus in extreme heat puts the engine, especially valve seats, at risk. So I'm just driving a few hours in the mornings and evenings.
But that makes it easy to go slow and take in the long expanses of rolling Texas land and the small towns that are just names on the map but have their own special character when you drive through. JNR