My Texan fantasy never materialized, as I was always exhausted after 12-13 hour days and would lose motivation to socialize. I generally wound up watching shows about giant fish or jungle survival on the National Geographic Channel in my hotel room. Or Egypt documentaries on the History Channel because that dominates approximately 78% of their programming.
Fortunately, I'm a morning person, so every time I had a day off, I would wake up at the crack of dawn and venture out into the Big Country to explore. The lushness and beauty of the countryside totally won me over. I miss the crunchy gravel roads, the friendly farm animals, and the 9:30pm sunsets.