Wednesday, January 09, 2008


Travel Log Salt Lake City to Houston

Return from Salt Lake City


* Left Salt Lake City for Houston. The weather in Salt Lake City determined that we would leave today. The temperature was going to be above freezing for the first time since we new snow. We have enjoyed the brief time in the snow. Sharon and I had a snowball fight. It was too cold to make a snowman or a snow angle.

* Price, UT the trip up the canyon was not as hairy as when we came down. No snow on the road. We could clearly see footprints in the snow by the road of large deer, It might be elk if they are in the area.. A couple were roadkill. I don't know if there are buzzards this far north, but ravens were feeding on the smaller roadkill. We saw a lot of ravens.

* Moab, UT there is still a little snow, but not as much as when we came up. No snow or ice on the road.

* Cortez, Co the streets are totally clear of snow. We have seen a lot of police today. We saw none when we came up a little over a week ago. I guess the improved road conditions have made it safe for them to come out and collect revenue. We saw cowboys rounding up cows to feed them. They grow a lot alfalfa here,

*ShipRock Pass moving Indians. Car was cut out like a convertible with furniture sticking out of the top, sides and end. Saw a sign that said "Parent teacher pow wow".

* Gallup, NM The snow is almost totally gone. We see only traces of it on the hills. Strange, we suddenly miss the snow. We decide to eat dinner and decide if we will try to Make Albuquerque or Sorocco. Sharon spots a Cracker Barrel. Both Sharon and I discover that we are both very tired. I start to eat my salad and bite my tongue very badly. I get up to go to the restroom and spit out a mouth full of blood...I had bitten all the way through my tongue. After another mouth full of blood, I get very sick and fell like I am about tho pass out. I have to lay down on the floor of the Cracker Barrel and Sharon puts cold packs on my head and neck. How embarrassing, but I don't care. Finally, get up, eat and look for the Days Inn on historic Route 66. They have fixed the heat in the room and I pack the side of my mouth with a paper towel to stop the bleeding. I still spit out some more blood when I woke up in the middle of the night, but it wasn't bad.


* Got back on the road at 5:30 AM. We got to Albuquerque at 8:00 AM. Traffic really was not too bad. Headed south along the Rio Grande. Lots of pecan groves.

* Sorocco This was about the same place where we got the blizzards on the way up. Just as a parting gift, we encountered some sleet. It wasn't bad and I believe the temperature was above freezing..

*El Paso, TX The weather is totally different now. Not too windy and temperatures in the mid 50's. I remember how depressing it was to hit El Paso from our camping days. When you are going east on I-10 and get into Texas, you see mile post 1. You know that your exit is mile post 754. You shift in the seat, let out a sigh.... you're going to be there for a while.

* Fort Stockton, TX it's time to eat. Sharon spots an IHOP. We love breakfast for dinner. They must have a very good cook because both Sharon and my meals was really good and very cheap.

* Sonora, TX Sharon decides she has had it. I want to go on and stay in Wimberley. Sharon wins by a vote of 2 to 1. I believe everyone else staying at the Days Inn are deer ambushers. When we get up to leave, there is a big ass diesel truck parked about 6 inches from our car in a no parking area. Good ol' boys always know that rules don't apply to them. The office is full of good ol' boys with their cute little camouflage outfits. I wonder how they would like it if we shipped their butts to Iraq. Yes, they would have overwhelming firepower, but their is a slight chance their prey will get them. No chance of that happening when they are in their deer blinds waiting for the deer to come feed on the corn they have been leaving out for months.

San Antonio, TX very foggy in OL' San Antonio. Got lost for a little bit. I should know how to get through but it's been a while. Going to be warn today. I've shed my vest and my sweat shirt. Very comfortable in just a tee shirt. Wish it was convenient to change my sweat pants for shorts.

MP 754 Houston, TX WE MADE IT!

I didn't know you bit your tongue that badly. Ouch.
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