Once southeast of El Paso, traffic on I-10 was very light, and the speed limit was 80mph. We cruised at 75 mph, and the rig seemed very happy at that speed. I was glad that we did the wheel and tire conversion last year (see this article). This enabled us to drive at these speeds without worrying about a "ST" rated tire exploding (ST trailer tires are rated at 65mph maximum). I would never drive this fast in heavier traffic, but today we were keeping up with the commercial rigs, and being passed by most of the cars. Fuel economy on this stretch was 11.2 mpg, even driving at 75mph.
|Beautiful straight highway to the horizon|
|This where I-10 and I-20 split|
|Truck seemed very happy at this speed. Note the outside temperature.|
|The Navigator among the cacti|
|The front cap of the rig, covered with bugs (dead)|