Mid Texas and CodePINKer's
The only light comes from headlights & reflectors on the sides of the road. The road is so straight that even the light from the on-coming traffic, sparse as it is, illuminates nothing but the road in front of them. I can't tell if the terrain is flat or hilly, full of cactus or trees, or just miles of sand and chaparrel.
I drive on, watching the fuel gage, and straining to see anything beyond the asphalt. Finally I see lights in the distance - looks like a city coming up. I see the lights for mile after mile after mile. It doesn't seem to be getting any closer.
When I do finally get closer, the lights start to thin out - they only appear to be a cluster, but they are really spread out over lots of land - individual lights, not a city. I keep driving.
I finally get to a rest stop & pull in to sleep. It seems small for all the space around, yet safe enough. peace, sam