Friday, January 20, 2012

So fast, it's like we're on wheels.

We aborted our Big Bend plans like honey badgers.  I was resting in a rest area one night, thinking Big Bend sounds like a sensible thing to do next ... SCREEEE? Sensible? So, I looked over at Annie and I said Annie? Would you rather just head for Arizona instead? and she said WOULD I?!? so I talked for a while until she was convinced.

Steve, please forgive us for the speed (62 m.p.h.) at which we blew around San Antonio on the 1604. Annie's gas foot got itchy and leaden, and there was no slowing her down.

Once we got north of the city, the scenery got KABLOWIE! pretty, but hard to drive through even on the interstate. We gained some altitude without realizing it, and my side of the Sleep Number got very, very firm. Chris warned us about exploding mattresses in higher elevations, but we thought she meant Pike's Peak. We deflated before something bad (like another hill) happened. This must be why biological implants are not filled with air.

We're west of Sonora, and the scenery just got WOWIE KABLOWIE! awesome. Someone look this up for me - is this considered high chaparral? I'd Google, but I'm already using my one bar of 1G to send this post instead of calling 911 or something. Bring me my horse and six-shooter! Throw over my poncho and cheroot!

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I have got to pee like a beer-drinking man.
We're heading out to see the girls at Where the wind goes, if they don't kill us remotely with laughter first.   Annie said We're their biggest fans. I asked how she knew that.  OH I KNOW.   I sense danger for anyone else who claims to be, but that does NOT make us stalkers.

Texas rest stops are very friendly to overnighters. Some of them have dump stations and potable water. Often, they have free wifi. So far, it hasn't been strong enough to stream TV or watch an endless loop of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. We stayed in a picnic area last night. There were trucks coming in and leaving throughout the night, but somehow that anchors my sleeping mind and helps me remember where I am.

Nicole and Darlene challenged us to do 200 miles yesterday, and we did 252. Plus, see, that's more proof that we're not stalkers, because they're encouraging us. Two hundred is probably our comfortable limit, though; otherwise, we're missing out on primo hours of rest area wifi, and the Nutty Bars are all gone from the machines.

Our preference is boondocking someplace pretty, but it takes some work to find and settle into some of those places. While we're traveling, it's easier to use the quick-in/quick-out method of overnighting.  Now we're nearing some free wifi, courtesy of the Lone Star State, so here goes nothing ...

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20 comments:

Maria B said...

Oh, the adventures you are having! It is about 12 degrees here, just so you know...

Lou said...

You almost blew up your bed??!! YIKES, that's some serious KABLOWIE!.

Love that word, I will endeavor to use it at least twice a day henceforth.

Don't ya just love the way we can write words that we would never actually say out loud...ie "henceforth". :)

Wanderoke said...

Honey Badgers don't care. They pop their beds the old fashioned way.

And someone should encourage enabling comments on a certain blog.....post haste (to use another word we usually never actually say out loud)

The Good Luck Duck said...

I know! It's like it's not even us, because we don't have adventures. Sorry about 12° (*shudders*). That sounds really horrible. When do classes start?

Lou, I shall endeavor to use the word "henceforth" twice a day. I think it sounds fancy. I actually don't use "kablowie" out loud very much, either.

Oh Ish, those bloggers have been encouraged! They're honey badgers! It sorta hurts to read it and then not be allowed to comment; postus interruptus

Gaelyn said...

High chapparel for sure and my back yard.

Steve said...

Oh noes!!! I'm bummed I missed a chance to meet in person but no worries as I'm sure we'll cross paths in the future. I'm still on the mend and wouldn't be good company at this time anyways.

Sherry said...

Well this blog is getting far too sophisticated for me with all these fancy words of more than 5 letters. Cut it out now!

Skipping Big Bend? Should I do that too?? WHEN I get to Texas I mean??

Contessa said...

Texas is so big......takes too long....to cross!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Gaelyn, really? I picture you as always at the Grand Canyon. What's your general area? Thanks for the confirmation of high chaparral.

Steve, I'm sorry you're still sick. Yeah, you know we'll meet at some point.

Sherry, I shall henceforth not say "KABLOWIE!" again unless it's really, really called for. No, I don't recommend wholesale skippage of Big Bend, and I do want to come back to see it. Also, I keep hearing that Terlingua is the place to be, so I want to look around that area, too.

Contessa, you aren't kidding. 880 miles east to west on I-10. if it didn't keep having such cool and different landscapes, I'd be getting irate with it.

Teri said...

I think Gaelyn is thinking of Sonora, Arizona. Did you stop at the Cave/Ranch/RV Park near Sonora?

The Good Luck Duck said...

Teri, we didn't stop there. The Duck was battling strong headwinds and we were just looking for a place to call home for the night. Although, I guess the RV park would have been such a place, too, but maybe we didn't hang out long enough for you to experience the boundaries of our frugality (hint: there are none).

Rubye Jack said...

Okay, now it makes sense to me -- Sonora, Texas. I was thinking AZ also. I'm sorry to hear you're not headed for Big Bend because I wanted to hear what you all thought of Terlingua. Ah well, another day.

The Good Luck Duck said...

RJ, we haven't written Terlingua off at all, because I do want to look around there. There were lots of good reasons to go south, but we just wanted to head west right now. It's odd for us to be impetuous, but if not now, when?

Rubye Jack said...

Impetuous is a very good thing.

Janie and John said...

Impetuous is best - go wherever the wind takes you or in this case where you wish the wind would take you, too bad its not a tail wind!

Andra Watkins said...

Hint. We're going to be in Vegas next week. In case the Duck makes an uncontrollable detour from Arizona.

MTM really likes the western part of TX. I've never been there. I'm sure it's more enjoyable with a non-exploding bed. And, I'm not even going to go any further with that one........

¡Vizcacha! said...

The Duck would like some wind at its tail. Yesterday was brutal.

Andra, I know that would prove to be a lot of fun. Do you see many RVs rumbling down the strip? Casinos are often hospitable to overnighters.

FrankandMary said...

The horse is beautiful, but the caption, well, HA.~Mary

Barbara and Ron said...

"This must be why biological implants are not filled with air!?!"

That has to be the funniest line I've ever read in a blog!!!!!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Frank and Mary, maybe this is the livestock that the rest area was warning off.

Barbara and Ron, I humbly accept this award ...

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