Travel

For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

Sep 1, 2016

A Quiet Day--Sort Of

After eating breakfast and showering I decided just to relax, today. I did for the most part, but I also did a little reorganizing inside the trailer. The outside (set up) is very organized and I know just where everything is. The inside, however, was easier to organize once I had "lived in it" for a while with all my "just in case" stuff.

I decided to take a ride to the grocery store to pick up a couple of things. I'm trying to stick to lean cuisines, but I needed some mouthwash, too. It was about a three mile ride. I can see the mountains in the distance. I have to look on the map to find out which range they are. With the vast and wide open spaces, it's hard to tell how far away they are--thought I might take a day and explore.

I came out of the grocery store and was walking to my truck which was far away from the door (a little extra exercise) when I saw a young man on the ground flailing around. I started to go see if I could help as I thought he had either fallen or was having a seizure. Then, I realized he was laying face down in
Taken Through My Mirror before All Dickens Broke Loose
handcuffs. I saw the "agent" (written on his shirt) dump a bunch of stuff on the ground. When the officer turned his back, the guy got up and started to run with his hands cuffed behind his back. It was a busy street and I thought he was going to get hit. The agent stopped chasing him until he knew he was across the street--think he didn't want to see him get hit. Then, he took after him on foot. He returned to get his car and then returned with the guy and put leg chains on him this time. I couldn't move my truck until another officer had moved his car. Not as exciting as being in the middle of a drug bust in Arkansas in 2010.

I had put the coordinates for my site in my GPS, but thought I'd avoid I40--more to see things than anything else. Well, big mistake. I got on to a gravel road that had free range signs on it. Wasn't too bad at first, but then it was so bad it almost shook my teeth loose. I had 8 miles to go on the darn thing. It finally told me to make a right. It was a tunnel just wide enough for my truck. I thought I might have to pull my mirrors in (think Hunting Island Bridge but narrower). It went under four lanes of I40 and seemed more like a place where water might run through. There was grafitti on the walls. I had my doors locked and my taser and a can of wasp spray near me. It was very dark. Made it fine, and drove 9 miles back to the campsite. 

Having problems with wifi. It's spotty. I asked them on the phone if they had good wifi and they said, yes, but they would change my site to closer to the office. Little did I know, they also charged me for it. Why don't they just tell the truth; especially when I made a special call. Well, at least I get an onside dump for the extra $7.
Gravel Road Albuquerque - Hi Chaise. It was raining too hard to get one in Texas.


10 comments:

  1. You sure had an exciting day. When I had my MH I would re range things all the time haha.
    Why can't these places be honest and tell you up front what to expect, maddening

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    1. I organize so I can never find anything, again! LOL

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  2. Well you had quite a day. What an experience with that man in handcuffs; glad you weren't involved in the drama. Your picture is great!! Looking forward to seeing more pictures along the way. Sleep tight! xo

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    1. I couldn't help but watch as the police car had me blocked in. Such a shame to see people living that kind of life. LOL That's not a great picture. I took it more for Chaise than anything. I'm hoping to go to Old Town Albuquerque, today. Maybe I'll get some pictures there. I'm not a big fan of the southwest, as you might guess.

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  3. Talk about driving the path less followed nobody can accuse you of not doing that.
    Best to stay clear of people getting arrested unless you actually know that it's unwarranted.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. I would have stayed clear, Rick, but the police car had me trapped. As far as the road, that was actually scarier than the arrest. I never realized how long a mile can be! Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. We have never had any of that kind of excitement - either the handcuffing or the gravel road - in all the times we've been to Albq. You just can't stay out of trouble can you woman. lol Now relax.

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    1. I'm like a magnet! LOL I've been drinking, drinking, drinking water to avoid altitude sickness...it interrupted my sleep countless times last night. I don't know whether the cure is worse than the altitude sickness.

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  5. Our GPS always had a secret desire to get us out on gravel roads that we couldn't easily get off. I think it also had a deep seated desire to do us in, as it took us to more than one cemetery! That's a real good reason to always have a paper map to check. Never know when you're in unfamiliar territory. The other thing that the GPS was prone to do was try to take us under things that were too low, or through things that were too narrow. I guess it thought we were walking. HAHAHA

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  6. I hear you, Russ. The "No Highways" option can be dangerous. I always have a map with me, but with no one to read it to me I'm generally in hot water before I know it. I'm glad to hear that it's just not my GPS that gets me into trouble!

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