I'm doing research for a book set in the open spaces of west Texas. I found a couple of facts that made me go, "Wow."
Texarkana, a town near the Arkansas-Texas border, is 812 miles from El Paso on the far western border.
Texarkana is 791 miles from Chicago, Illinois.
El Paso is actually closer to Los Angeles than it is to Port Arthur on the eastern border.
Somehow, seeing all that in print makes it seem weird. Drive around Texas very much, and you'll be like me and wish for German autobahn speed limits. None.