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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.

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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KS Chanute Tioga Lobby (1)

Tioga Hotel lobby, in Chanute

So I was here again, at the Tioga Hotel in downtown Chanute.  The last two times, I’d been there during my last week as a field technician (long story about how this is my third time as a field technician).  For a change, this wouldn’t be my last rotation.  It was two rotations ago.

I was supposed to start working my way down to Anadarko, Oklahoma for a scheduled equipment upgrade.  I did maintenance in Chanute, then in Parsons.  While in Parsons, I noticed my rental car was badly leaking oil and ended up driving back home to return the car and swap it for another.  As it turned out, there was maintenance work to be done around here, so I got to spend the weekend sleeping in my apartment.

Cosmic Castle, in Parsons

Cosmic Castle, in Parsons

On Monday morning, I started driving toward Anadarko.  I spent three days working there.  Ate at a really good barbecue place called Jack’s, which featured a dozen meats on the menu (or so the manager said) — I ate about a half-dozen.  There at Anadarko, was the American Indian Hall of Fame, which featured busts of famous Indians in American history.  While in the visitor center, I noticed two busts inside on a table instead of outside on pedestals, like the others.  The story, the guide told me, was those busts were blown off their pedestals by a tornado that passed through, last year.  The second tornado to hit the hall of fame in the last three years.  I was amazed!  Tornadoes hit the same spot twice in three years?

America Indian Hall of Fame

America Indian Hall of Fame

I started my next rotation in Fargo, North Dakota.  A cold place, right?  Well they were having a warm spell while I was there, above freezing until the day I left.  I was there for another upgrade. and maintenance at another site.  What was so remarkable about my stay in Fargo, is I had to stay at a different hotel every night, because none was available two nights in a row.

The Fargo Dome and one of my hotels, in front of it

The Fargo Dome and one of my hotels, in front of it

On Monday I flew down to Phoenix, so I could fix a down site there.  I had a tight connection in Dallas.  When I got to Phoenix, my checked bags hadn’t.  I ended up going to the job site without my tools or a new change of clothes.  But, luckily, I was able to use a small set of tools we give each customer to keep with our equipment.  My bags finally arrived on Tuesday afternoon.

View from Route 66

View from Route 66

I spent Wednesday driving to Peach Springs for another upgrade.  Got to drive on Route 66 (now I’ve driven on Route 66 in every state it passed through).  Ate at a place called Road Kill Cafe, and the next day on my return drive ate at an old diner called the Galaxy Drive Inn.

My rental car while in Arizona

My rental car while in Arizona

Then, the next rotation, I flew to Las Vegas.  I ended up spending the entire week there.  I was able to visit with some friends who’d just moved there.  I ate at a few good restaurants.

My rental car in Nevada

My rental car in Nevada

And, I had an unexpected day off that Sunday, so I visited Hoover Dam and Boulder City.

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

I wonder what awesome places I’ll be seeing this week?