Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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Out where Shane is in New Mexico there are roads where you can watch a train coming that finally arrives where you are at in a couple of hours. It is unbelievable how flat and open some of that stuff is out in the central part of the state. Interesting story on that area, it is called the Llano Estacado, which means 'staked plains'. It was called this because before the Spanish arrived they were the border lands between the Apaches and the Commanches. They marked their boundries with brightly painted stakes, warning foreigners not to cross. Those who did, were usually found with the brightly colored stakes driven thru their hands and ankles over anthills, as a warning to others. The Spanish arrived in that area a few months after a major war between the two tribes, and the Commanches had staked hundreds, or perhaps thousands of prisoners to the desert. When the Spanish arrived, they were mostly bare skeltons and rotting flesh. The Spanish decided that this might be the gates of hell, and detoured around the Comancheria for the next hundred years, keeping them out of the Great Plains were they could have been claimed for the Spanish crown, perhaps along with the rest of North America, as it would be another hundred years before the English arrived.
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