The drive really isn't all that bad - even in bad weather. If there is bad weather just remember that the car speeds up much faster and more safely than it slows down.
Heehee on the Texas drivers. Just be aware that it is against the law to drive in the left lane unless you're passing someone - and the state patrol has been enforcing that law. I drive I-25 from Colorado Springs to Laramie 2-3 times a month, and about every other trip I see someone pulled over for this - I will also say that I think enforcement of this law has significantly helped traffic flow as well.