Well, the 8 hour drive was not as tough as I expected, this being the furthest I've ever driven in a day. Leaving Austin was probably the saddest and toughest things I've ever done in my life. There's just so much of my life there, and finally leaving led to an overwhelming flow of emotions. Just outside of Austin, I intended to stop by Fredericksburg, but a quick drive through the town changed my mind. I'm not sure why, I just wasn't in the mood, but I did see a whole lot of peaches. Reminded me of the song by Presidents of the United States of America. The long trip through the Hill Country and Big Bend regions of Texas was exhilarating. Thank god for 80mph speed limits! The scenery was breathtaking, especially around the Van Horn area. There were isolated thunderstorms with incredibly strong gusts of wind, that made it hard to see, but certainly more exciting. You could see the storms up ahead while you prepared yourself to drive through them. The whole experience made you feel so helpless to the sheer force of nature, and that by itself was worth the price of admission. Here are the trip stats for leg 2.
Distance: 564.1 miles Average Speed: 75.1 mph Moving Time: 7 hours 30 minutes Total Time: 7 hours 58 minutes Average Mileage: 26.7 mpg (blame the lower mileage on the higher speed limit :-X)