November 21st, 2010


Travel Day 2: Ups and Downs

Here I sit in the booming metropolis of Macon, MO. I had no idea where I was going to end up tonight since I decided to be spontaneous and just drive until I got tired. It's a bad thing, however, when you don't know if the motel you decide to stop at is pet-friendly or not. You also want to get the most bang for the buck, so you want to find a place that will be as cheap as something you could have found on the Internet. Needless to say that I DID find a pet-friendly motel for not a lot of money, and Mesa is now sprawled on the bed.

The motel drama just capped off a day of good and bad. I spent an hour in Enid this morning trying to photograph the BNSF and UP which cross in the town. I also snuck around some grain elevators looking for old Geeps that are used to shuttle grain cars around. Once again the low Sun was a pain to work with. I missed a few photo ops by just seconds. On the other paw I found a whole bunch of older units used by the Kansas and Oklahoma RR stored in Winfield, KS.

The weather was incredible. I don't recall ever experiencing 70 degree temps in Nov outside of Yuma. That got me thinking about all of the times I have made this drive. I think I have been doing it for almost 10 years now in some form. One year it never got above freezing. Last year I ran into terrible rain. This year, nothing but blue skies and some wind. It clouded over near K.C. which put a damper on my mood.

I felt bad that I missed Kitty's birthday today. We have been together every year except this one. At least she's in good paws with our friends in ABQ.

I've also been thinking a lot about my dad on this trip. He and I made the trip just over a year before his death. I know he enjoyed the trip immensely. Like me, he loved to see different parts of the country. That trip is so vivid in my mind. I can remember radio shows that we listened to, conversations we had, and places we stopped for lunch.

Mesa was also a good dog and a bad dog. When I stopped to take him on short walkies, he was all tail wags and "bounce-spins." At one point tonight, however, he decided he didn't want to be in the back seat any more and leaped over the center divider where he knocked over my laptop and crushed a bunch of bags and such. I had to pull over and get him back into the back seat. As I mentioned above, he's now happy to be out of the moving vehicle and relaxing.

I love traveling at this time of year because there are so few tourists on the road. On the other paw I hate this time of year because it gets dark just too damn early. Tonight was especially nice, however, because I had a beautiful full moon to enjoy.

For the most part I am preferring the 2-lane roads over the Interstates. The speed limit is only slightly lower, but it's all of the small towns where they drop the limits to sometimes ridiculously low speeds that are a pain. On the other paw, it's those little towns that make the drive interesting. It's great to see all of the old architecture that has survived on Main St USA.

So here I sit alone in my motel room bouncing back and forth between happy and melancholy. I must be a bi-polar bear! *rimshot* Tomorrow I'll be in Chicago. Hopefully I'll get a chance to surprise my mom in fursuit at her senior center.