Miles and miles of Texas


As I prepare for a bicycle ride across the United States, I’ve been assembling a collection of facts, lies, damned lies and statistics about some of the states, cities, towns, hamlets and wide gaps in the road that we’ll pass through on the journey east from San Diego to St. Augustine, Fla.texas-11
Here are a few tidbits on Texas:
— More than 1,000 miles of the 3,160-mile route will be in Texas – from El Paso at the western tip, through Fort Davis, Alpine and Marathon in the Big Bend, through the Hill Country to Austin and then through the Piney Woods of East Texas before crossing the Sabine River near Bon Wier.
— Texas includes 267,339 square miles, or 7.4 percent of the total area of the United States. It is home to about 24 million people and 16 million cattle.
— From the northwest corner of the Texas Panhandle to the southern tip of the state is 801 miles. It’s 773 miles from the western tip near El Paso to the Sabine River, the eastern boundary of the state. But that straight-line distance doesn’t account for our circuitous route through the Hill Country to Austin and then southeast toward the Sabine and the crossing into Louisiana.
— El Paso is almost as close to Los Angeles (710 miles) as it is to Houston (670 miles). El Paso is closer to Needles, Calif., (516 miles) than it is to Dallas (571 miles).
brewster-county1Brewster County in the Big Bend, which we’ll pass through, is the largest of Texas’ 254 counties with 6,208 square miles. Alpine, the county seat with a population of nearly 9,000, is Brewster County’s only city. Three U.S. states – Connecticut (5,544 square miles), Delaware (2,489 square miles) and Rhode Island (1,545 square miles) could pull up stakes in the Northeast and plant themselves in Brewster County. The county could accommodate any of the three with room to spare, but not all three at the same time. Each would have to wait its turn.
Stay tuned for more useless trivia in later posts.

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