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I’m outta there!

Finished cleaning the apartment in Kansas this morning, just before the move-out inspection.  Picked up the cats.  Stopped by the post office to file my change of address.  Then hit the road.

Now we’re in Tucumcari, New Mexico, at the Historic Route 66 Motel.  The cats are exploring the room.  I’m ready for bed.

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Spent the day packing and getting things ready for the junk truck, since I got the day off.

Took the cats to the vet for boarding.  Big kitty sounded so forlorn, like I was leaving him there for good.

Returned the Google fiber box, too.  That means no more TV until Tuesday night when the cats and I are in our motel room in Tucumcari, New Mexico.  Made sure to pack the Roku boxes in a moving box I’m taking in the car with me.  I want access to my streaming channels as soon as my internet is hooked up at the new house in Arizona.

motel-postcard.jpg.1024x0Left Mesa, Arizona this morning.  Have to go back to Kansas for work training and to move out of my apartment.  Long drive.  Got to Tucumcari, New Mexico just after sunset so I called it a night — that’s about the half-way point anyway.  While eating dinner at one of the local truck stops, I searched the web for motels.  Last week, my aunt and I stayed at the Motel 6 but I was looking for something different tonight — and I found it!  I’m staying at the Historic Route 66 Motel, a holdout from the days of the mother road.  Some of the items in the room remind me of those days, like the turquoise sink:

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And the turquoise chair:

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Woke up to this scene in Tucumcari, New Mexico this morning.  The temperature was already in the 40’s and last night’s snow had begun melting.  We drove across New Mexico to Arizona, stopping in Laguna to see some sights.

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Scenic Porta-Potty View

 

Not long after this stop, I drove into an orange barrel zone on the interstate and realizing I hadn’t seen a speed limit change to a lower speed, asked my aunt if she’d seen a speed zone (she said no) and I said it seemed strange the speed limit would be the same as it was before the barrels — but the cars in front of me hadn’t seemed to slow down.  I’d been driving a little while, when I noticed a police care with flashing lights coming up from behind.  I pulled over, thinking he wanted to get by, but then he pulled off and I realized he was after me.  Turns out the speed limit had indeed changed in the construction zone and for some reason my aunt and I had both missed the new speed limit sign.  I received a ticket for driving the old speed limit, which was 20mph above the new.  There was no talking my way out of that.

We continued on to Gallup, New Mexico, where I’d planned to take my aunt to a restaurant I liked the last time I was in town.  But the restaurant was closed.  We ended up at a restaurant in a historic hotel, having Mexican food.  Pretty tasty!

Off again!  We decided to visit Petrified Forest National Park before reaching Holbrook, Arizona for the night.  We drove through the park, visiting the Painted Desert, an historic pueblo where there were petroglyphs, and several areas with petrified wood.

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Petroglyphs on a Rock

Springtime 2015

I guess I’ve been in a funk or something, but I’ve had little desire this year to write about what I’ve been up to.  Like in years past, I’m losing the details of my life for lack of keeping a journal.  With one exception — I have Facebook, so even if I’m not writing much, Facebook is recording the places where I’ve eaten, short snippets about my activities and the photos I’ve been taking when I’m out and about.  Today I’ve been doing a little maintenance on this blog, taking passwords from most of my entries, so I decided I should write something….

First of all — for the first time this year, I’m working in town instead of traveling.  Most of the year I’ve been moving around the southern part of the country, in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Florida.  But I have been to Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, DC, New York and Vermont.

At the end of February, I was working in Las Vegas, so at the end of my trip, decided to take a vacation and stay there.  Five days later I was driving to Arizona for another workweek.

Last month I took another vacation, driving from my home to Washington State and back.  LONG trip, but enjoyable.  There are a couple of things from that trip worth writing about.

I cut my hair and shaved when the weather turned warm, as you can see in the picture.  My hair is getting long again, but I’m still clean-shaven.  Thinking about getting one more haircut before fall, when I’ll start going all Grizzly Adams again.

The power switch on my GPS unit stopped working, so I bought another.  Can’t neglect one of my most-important tools for improving my life!

Finally got around to replacing my car’s windshield, which had been cracked by a rock, only to get hit by another rock on my most recent vacation.  Need to get that taken care of before the chip turns into another big crack.  Anyone who’s seen my car might have noticed I keep little bumper stickers/decals on my rear passenger wing windows to help me find my car in a crowded lot.  My “Life Is Good” stickers became faded, so I replaced them with the Futurama Hypno-Toad and a souvenir sticker from the Ben & Jerry’s factory.

Finally went out to dinner with someone for the first time since being divorced.  Had fun!

Visited with family and friends in Colorado and Washington during vacation.  Had fun!

Sightseeing stops this spring have included Boulder Dam, Picacho Peak, President Eisenhower’s Library, Fort Hays, Cripple Creek, Devil’s Slide, Snake River Canyon, Little Bighorn, Deadwood, Wall Drug, Lake Champlain and the Ben & Jerry’s factory.  Had fun!