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Marathon, Texas
With the Big Bend area behind me, a long drive awaited. It’s the unfortunate but inevitable end to a West Texas vacation — the hundreds of miles you must travel to get back to the 21st century. Before settling in for the drive east on US 90, I spent a few minutes exploring Marathon, Texas, the small town at the crossroads of US 385 and 90. Marathon is just a few blocks long, ending abruptly with desert and desolation on every side. But the town itself is an oasis from that desert, offering places to stay for anyone heading down …