This was the longest day of the trip, and about the most boring. We left San Antonio after breakfast and drove west down I-10, through the hill country to Fort Stockton, where we picked up US-285 for the rest of the way in to Artesia, NM. We’re staying at a great little B&B called the Heritage Inn. The last time we were out this way we stayed there because the hotels in Carlsbad are insanely expensive, and Artesia is about 30 minutes away. We got ourselves settled in the room and then walked over to The Wellhead, a really good brewpub, for dinner and some libations. After dinner, we headed back to the hotel and turned in.