August 30th, 2013


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.


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 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.


Something has wrapped it's hot little self around my gut and feels like it is squeezing. Must have been something I've eaten. Nuts maybe? Been eating a lot of pistachios. Only thing that I have had that was out of the ordinary for me in the last few days.

Having some green tea and fiber bars. Some exciting life I lead, I know.
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Strange Friday

Friday Evening Weirdness
Took the bike over to MyFitFoods to pick up yesterday's order. ***laughs*** I know, right? Well anyway, it is a nice 3 mile round trip depending on which way I go. On the bike path on the way over I ran across this girl (Biking the opposite way of which I was going) who basically has no english, that tried to pick me up in a bar the other night. I didn't bite. I had been warned. She babbled on at me today too, 'bout the best I could do was a quick "Ola!" as we flew past each other.

Like 2 bikes that pass in the afternoon. ***grins***

I get to the store and my bike app just went berserk. It damn near bricked my phone. 'Runkeeper' is the app. I installed it because it was one of the few apps that works with the Pebble Watch practically on download. I finally managed to shut it down and deleted right off my new shiny. I already have a different one that I'm used to using on my previous mobile.

The gal behind the counter asks me, "Did you cut your arm?"
"Wha-?" says I. Look at my forearm and I've got the red stuff running down towards my hand and it has already marked my watch. WTF!?! Washed it off after I got back. *It's weird*. Looks like some kind of blood blister, that may have been *caused by that selfsame watch*.

Road Trip Things
Bike? Or no bike? I'm of two minds about this. As usual.

On the one hand, I'd like to take it along. It would be good for me. I like being on the machine. It is fun.

On the other hand? I'd have to constantly be aware of the thing. Keeping track of it. Hoping no one yanks it off my car if I leave it unattended. Because even if it and the rack are locked to my car, someone that is really determined could conceivably remove the security stuff fairly quickly and be off with one of my favorite toys. Also possibly damaging Lil' Red too.

I'm not gonna be riding it off road. It is a hybrid road bike, not a mountain bike.

I've got some time to ponder this one. I suppose if I wanted to I could rent a bike. Annnnnnnnnd…

Here's another part of my thinking, warped that it might be. The last time I was at altitude, it wasn't pretty. I spent a lot of time out of breath. ***laughs***

I don't smoke any more, but I'm still not in real good shape either. Better than I was a few months ago, but not optimal. Far from it. Better than I was almost 20 years ago? Not flippin' likely. I ain't whinging about it, but it is what it is. And I AM GOING. Got meds for it this time… ***grins***