Mad In Pursuit Notebook

Archer City, Texas

Day 22: Midland to Wichita Falls, TX (323 mi)

29 Oct 2008 -- Wichita Falls, Texas. I feel like we have turned the corner on our trip and are heading home. After our visit to the Petroleum Museum in Midland TX yesterday, it felt like the sightseeing portion of our visit was over. All that remains is the road.

The part of Texas we’ve seen – the Panhandle - is varied (cattle, oil, cotton) but pretty flat. This afternoon we made a detour to Archer City to visit the giant used book store Booked Up (see photo above). The bookstore was begun by the author Larry McMurtry (“Lonesome Dove,” “Terms of Endearment”), who was born here. His novel “The Last Picture Show” was set here and the book/movie made its little Royal Theater a landmark. I’ve been reading McMurtry’s “Books: A Memoir,” so the town seemed like a worthy stop. Archer City pretty much defines “the middle of nowhere” so it was a phenomenon to see a 4-building bookstore here.

Tomorrow: Oklahoma!