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Hit the Road, Jack!

Road Warrior
So Lil' Red is ready. Got my parts on. Annnnnd actual plates too. Picked them up yesterday. Didn't really want to do this kind of thing with temporary tags.

Destination is going to be Durango, Colorado. Last time I was in CO (about 15-17 years ago, I think) I wanted to go ride the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway and was outvoted. I've looked at the weather. Nice and cool up there. Looks like I'll need a jacket. And actual pants and shoes. Long sleeve shirts. Heh. Old retired guy in the south wears aught but shorts and flip flops most of the time. ***grins***

Secondary goal is to seek out remnants of old Route 66. What's left of that particular culture? Dunno. But it *looks* interesting in places.

The other goal is to avoid interstate highways as much as I can. I ain't in any real hurry to get to anywhere, USA. I'm gonna need some good maps. You should **NEVER** trust only to a GPS.

ETA: Not leaving until after Labor Day.

I've got some new photography software and hardware that I want to get familiar with.

Plan to:

a) Drive across Texas to like Big Bend country and thence through New Mexico and into southern Colorado. Then come back through the Pan Handle.

or

b) Drive through the Pan Handle - through Amarillo, New Mexico, and into southern Colorado, and then back through the Davis Mountains, across SW Texas heading eastbound. I've been through Big Bend et al, more than once, so maybe I should try a different route. Like through or around the OKC area.

Don't know yet .There is time. And I can be flexible. However I go I plan to take shit tons of photos. Be prepared to be photo-carpet-bombed.

And I'm starting to think I may stay out of far west Texas. BTDT!

What's on Your Map?
Found a cool Web site called roadtrippers.com. It's been most helpful with the offbeat kind of stuff I like. Off the beaten path, oddball, awesome kinds of things. iOS and android apps too. Just been playing with it thus far, but it has put me onto things like Old Route 66. It doesn't really exist (officially) anymore, but there are still references to it here and there.

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babeofbryan
Aug. 30th, 2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
have fun and be safe! Looking forward to see that part of the country through your camera lens
texasts
Aug. 31st, 2013 01:13 am (UTC)
Cool!
trenton22
Aug. 30th, 2013 08:07 pm (UTC)
Sweet! Now, I'm gonna have to google Amarillo, NM. I only knew the TX one.
texasts
Aug. 30th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
There isn't one in NM... I'm aware of. I meant the Texas one. Heh. And THEN into NM.

Edited at 2013-08-30 08:11 pm (UTC)
trenton22
Aug. 31st, 2013 07:18 pm (UTC)
OK, well, I didn't get around to googling and it's just as well. I do have a favorite breakfast burrito place in Amarillo, TX. I'll dig around and post something later.
tx_cronopio
Aug. 30th, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
Sounds great! I look forward to the trip report, and you know you can always score dinner here, either on the way up or the way back.
texasts
Aug. 30th, 2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

That would be nice.
cd0103
Aug. 31st, 2013 04:42 am (UTC)
Love Big Bend and the Mother Road. Stay at Blue Swallow in Tucumcari (Sp?)
kabuldur
Aug. 31st, 2013 09:30 am (UTC)
To go along Route 66 would be cool. What a pity you got outvoted on going on that train ride. Good idea to keep off the main roads. I look forward to pics! Lol, you reminded me I need to print out a map, too.

ez_as_pi
Sep. 2nd, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
Enjoy, be safe.
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