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More of the same…

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Today’s Journey out of AZ, through NM and into TX looked just like the scenery we’ve been seeing over the last several days… that is until this evening.

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Sunset in the side mirror of Hans… and a psychedelic “ride” parked outside of Chuy’s Mexican restaurant in Van Horn, TX

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Scenes from the road…

Beauty & the Beast…

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Today started out like a beast… it took us 3 hours to go about 30 miles just outside of El Reno, Oklahoma. We spent 2 hours at a complete standstill. But on the bright side we had a beautiful ending to the day as we arrived in Albuquerque, NM. Tomorrow morning we head on to Vegas to see my mom!

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Day 6 Road Trip- May 25, 2008

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One of my favorite things about traveling on the motorcycle, is how friendly other riders are! The majority of them wave at us as we pass- even those on the other side of the interstate. Not only are the riders friendly, but so are a lot of drivers. We have had a handful of times where people will take pictures or videos of us as we pass- A majority of the truckers wave at us as well. If Jan & I were in a car- no one would ever take notice- But thats not the case on the trike.

6-02I’ve seen so many abandoned places along the road on this trip. This place is west of Albuquerque.

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New snow cover on Mt. Taylor , NM6-01

Now I would like to introduce you to “Whipper”. She is the most awesome antenna buddy.

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Yesterday we bought some new seat cushions- Oh my goodness my butt feels so much better today. Amazing what a little gel cushion can do for a girls back side.

6-05We spent a few hours of our day listening to the Atlanta Braves vs the Arizona Diamond Back on our XM Radio. Unfortuneately our beloved Braves pretty much fell on their faces and lost to the Diamond Backs 9-3. Chipper Jones was on the DL- the Braves usually lose when he’s not playing- all I have to say is “Get Better Chipper!”

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I think we have seen more trains today than we have all the other days of the trip put together.

6-07Our day started out absolutely beautiful. It was a bit cool- but the winds were calm- that is for the first 150 miles- after that- we had high crosswinds again- I’m starting to sound like a broken record. I hope tomorrow brings us calmer winds. PLEASE WIND GODS!

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Entering Arizona- although by this picture you can’t tell- I was all set to get a photo of the “Welcome to Arizona” sign- when a gust of wind hit us- and shifted the angle of my camera by about 45 degrees- I completely missed the shot. I did however manage to get a shot of the sign directing us to the visitors center! I was so bummed out about missing the acutal sign- I almost asked Jan to turn around!

6-10Reflection of us in the side of this shiny black truck.

6-11Skies over Arizona. As you can tell I like taking cloud photos!

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Self portrait in the back of Jan’s helmet. You can see how I’m all bundled up- I have on gloves and about 4 layers of clothes. It got pretty chilly going through the Flagstaff, AZ area. For the last 2 days they have been receiving snow! I’m so glad we didn’t have to drive through it! Our day left us in Kingman, AZ- We drove 470 miles. It feels good to get a few miles behind us. Now we only have about 990 miles left to go. OH MY! If all goes well we should make our destination on Wednesday! It will sure be good to see all our friends, the ocean and the redwoods.

Day 5 Road Trip- May 24, 2008

Meet T.W. (traveling winger) She is our other traveling companion. This is her first trip on the motorcycle- and to be honest. She is doing great. She doesn’t care about the weather at all.

5-1New Mexico landscape. The wind is a bit better today. Headwinds, which is bad for MPG, but much easier than the cross winds we’ve been dealing with the past 2 days.

5-2Clines Corners, NM. I have no idea what the temperatures where here- but I just about froze my butt off. When Jan said she was cold- I knew it had to be cold for sure. She is so hot natured that she runs around in t-shirts when I have sweatshirts on. The store clerk told us that yesterdays high was 37 degrees with rain. We have been real lucky and haven’t hit any rain yet. But we know the coast will provide more precipitation than we really want.

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Here we are in Old Town Albuquerque. We both wanted Mexican food, as well as margaritas again today.
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Here’s my lunch, I ordered a Chimichanga, but this wasn’t fried, so I’m not sure what it was. Whatever it was, it was sure good…. and hot!

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This was the first time Jan had ever seen me eating food that was too hot for me. I only got about half of my lunch eaten before my lips were totally numb! I think she actually enjoyed seeing me sweat! haha But…. I got to drink about half of her margarita- It was too strong for her.

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There is a real pretty church in Old Town- and this fellow was spending his afternoon drawing it.

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San Felipe de Neri Church in Old Town. When we walked in the church you could hear the most beautiful music playing up at the alter.

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Historic Route 66 in Albuquerque, NM

Day 4 Road Trip- May 23, 2008

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We had a calm spot in the road so I thought I would try to take a few pictures! And just in case you forgot what I look like- here I am!

Skies over Texas. Today has been a funny day temperature wise. We went from blistering skies and ice chilled bandannas around our necks in Texas, to very chilly air and jackets in New Mexico.

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After a day of being beaten and battered by the winds across OK, TX and eastern NM, Jan and I were both ready for a margarita!

Oklahoma landscape- Well the winds have not improved in the least bit. For a fact- I think they are much worse. We are really having to struggle through the winds again today. Our goal is to make it to Albuquerque, NM, but thats not gonna happen. We will end up having to stop in Santa Rosa, NM.

Entering Texas! Remember in my Day 3 post when I said Oklahoma was not my favorite state? Well I have seriously reconsidered that statement and would like to now announce that Texas is NOT my favorite state. It was windy, hot, and desolate. I am so glad we only had to drive through the panhandle of the state!!! It was so windy- I almost missed the shot of the sign.

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This is Asher- she is one of our riding companions. Jan and I bought her when we were on our first cross country road trip together. She has been a good companion. Rarely complains about the wind, temps or rain.
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The view of the back of our bike. We have a utility trailer to carry all our clothes, books and a cooler full of water. Our good friend Ken built us a box to mount on the tongue of the trailer so we have a place to store some extra fuel. When you have such a small gas tank, you need to stop quite often for gas. And I’m sure at some point down the road we may find ourselves in a position of being miles from the nearest gas station.
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Entering New Mexico. Once again we didn’t travel quite as far as we would have liked. I think we made it about 360 miles. But we were both quite ready to stop.