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Texas trip
Jan. 1-4, 2010
Day 2 (Texas-Louisiana-Arkansas)

These photos are from my trip to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in January 2010. These photos are from Day 2 of the trip and are from Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas -- mainly the I-30 corridor from Texarkana to Fort Worth, some photos around the DFW area, and I-20 from Dallas to Shreveport. Thumbnails for the 601 photos span five pages. Use the arrow buttons in the upper left corner of the page to navigate the thumbnail pages. To view the full-sized photos, click on one of the thumbnails on this page. You will then be able to view the images on individual Web pages.

Photos from the second day of the trip start with these overheads on I-30 west on the Texas side of Texarkana, taken before dawn on a frosty morning. The frost on the surface of the signs nearly obscured them from being readable.

The flash was unable to illuminate this sign because of the heavy coating of frost.

Most of these photos show the frost's effects on visibility. Even for northeast Texas, it was unusually cold for a January morning.

This sign was barely visible.

Same with this one.

And this one.

Another frost-obsured sign. The normal reflectivity of the sign can be seen around the border of the FM 1001 shield which was riveted onto the panels.

I left these photos in the album, rather than delete them, to make the point about just how obscured their reflectivity was by the heavy frost.

The sky was starting to lighten as the sun came up behind me, making the signs a little more visible, but the flash still enhances the frost covering.

Still more frost.

The thickness of the frost can be seen on the grass in this photo.

Even with daylight dawning, the frost coating had not begun to melt off the sign in the background, The hinged "watch for ice" sign is open this time of year.

Drivers always need a reminder of this.

Along long stretches of I-30, a barrier wall has been installed adjacent to the fast lane in one direction of travel or another. Here the barrier is adjacent to the eastbound lanes.

The classic Texas "goalpost" sign post.

Interesting exit tab with no "exit" wording.

And this is a little redundant for the exit signage.

Looks like this sign has seen better days.

This was a short detour to visit Collin County.

Back to the interstate after a short loop to collect Collin County.

On the frontage road, getting ready to merge back onto I-30 westbound.

Getting closer to the Dallas metro area.

Dallas is home to some huge stack interchanges, including this one for I-30 and I-635.

Note that "McKinney" has been added in Clearview while "Houston" is in regular Highway Gothic.

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