Lost Highway

October 16, 2012 at 8:04 am

It was nearly over. All that remained between us in Hachita and the border was a stretch on Highway 81, the Lonely Highway. Although I found “Lost Highway” to be more apt. Surely you know the movie by David Lynch. It is one of my all-time favourites. It starts with images of a highway, illuminated only by the headlights of a speeding car. David Bowie’s “I’m Deranged” plays along with it. In fact, here it is. It was playing in my head the entire time towards the border.

I’m deranged
Deranged my love
I’m deranged down down down
So cruise me babe cruise me baby

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Cruise me, cruise me, cruise me baby.

Smooth criminal (& lots of wind)

October 15, 2012 at 11:47 pm

I spent nearly 7 hours of October 10th, 2012 updating my blog, somewhere downtown in Silver City. That afternoon, Colin, Anders, Mat and Ben rolled into town, too, and checked into the Palace Hotel. Kate and Lee had left a few hours earlier so now there were “just” five of us. We decided we would eat some good mexican food somewhere and then have some pre-emptive celebratory drinks for getting to Silver City. Click “Read More” to read what happened… (oh — and if the pictures are not sharp, that’s probably because of the software I’m using here. I had to install some crappy software on my memory card to at least be able to resize the images; I hope to upload better ones at home, if only for my own peace of mind!)

Gila

October 15, 2012 at 8:45 am

I was getting a bit fatigued, mentally. It was near the end of the trip and I had to go through the Gila Wilderness, supposedly one of the hardest parts of the entire route. But I had already seen so much and I’ve had so many adventures, I was getting stuffed, so to say.

However, it was time to move on. Pie Town had cleaned me out; I left my last cash in the donation box and there was no ATM. Besides, all you could get there was pie so I was eating my own food. Four days of food, to get me from Grants to Silver City. Frickin’ heavy. Across the toughest part. “PFFFFFFFF…..” (click on “Read More”).

Oh yes. Before I forget: there’s two pictures of a dead fox in this post. No wounds, no blood, no posturing or whatever. But it is a dead fox, so watch out if that sort of thing disturbs you.

Some ruins. Who? When? What? I don’t know.

Tune down in Pie Town

October 14, 2012 at 8:45 am

Grants to Pie Town was going to be one day for me if I was going to catch up with the others. Click “Read More” to find out if I did…

A very short stretch went along the old Route 66.

Mission to Mars

October 13, 2012 at 8:45 am

Between Cuba and Grants there was to be more of all good things: desert, volcanic rocks, thorns, sandy roads, cacti, weird outcroppings… you name it. Click “Read More”…

Lava land

October 12, 2012 at 8:45 am

Two turns to three as we were ready to leave Abiquiu and sample some of those sandy New Mexican roads. Things looked good, the monsoonal rains were gone and the roads were probably dried out properly. I had renewed energy and looked forward to see what New Mexico had to offer… (click “Read More”)…

Winter is coming

October 11, 2012 at 8:45 am

This was it. The big one. The bad mother of the Great Divide. Indiana Pass. Biggest climb. Highest altitude (11.910 feet or 3.630 meters). Mount Doom.
And as an afterthought, Stunner Pass right after. I was going to do it. And I was going to do it by myself, because Mat’s rack didn’t arrive. Bummer…. (click “Read More”)…

An update & some banter

October 3, 2012 at 11:28 pm

So, to everyone reading this blog, it is much appreciated — but as you can see I haven’t been able to update the blog for two weeks. Part of the reason for this is that it’s hard to find a good place & time to update. I would need the following things for that:

– a PC of decent speed
– with available USB ports
– and Internet
– and some image processing software (Windows Picture Manager, Picasa, that sort of thing)

And I would need that for a bunch of hours because usually there’s lots of photo’s to go through. Also, it takes time to tell my story in a comprehensive way instead of rambling on. At least, I like to think it’s comprehensive.

So, right now, I left you hanging in Salida, Colorado whereas I am in fact typing this up in Grants, New Mexico. I have got about 40 minutes left on this PC so I am not even going to attempt to process pictures. It’ll be just text and I’ll type up decent stories later.

Part of this is to provide some detail on what I did, part of this is just for myself, to make sure I’ll remember everything later on when I’m back home! Click on “Read More” to get an update on what happened…