Next Leg 560 Miles Gallup New Mexico to Palm Springs

 We left Gallup Holiday Inn at approx. 0900 heading south and west to palm Springs. This drive will take us through New Mexico, Arizona and destination Palm Springs IMG_2095 (2) Views from the parking Lot Temp 42 F Car windshield Iced up scrape scrape and away we go… IMG_2097IMG_2096   First stop Gas Up we gassed up on the reservation. IMG_2100 (2)   Off we go and the scenery is AWESOME   ha ha Bob and I discussed this word at length. and voted against using it. IMG_2108 (2) IMG_2106 IMG_2105   We see the signs in Arizona about the Largest Petrified Tree in the world…aptly named Geronimo as we travelled ” Route 66 ” IMG_2132 (2)   Petrified trees with Geronimo standing Tall. IMG_2118 (2) IMG_2117 (2) IMG_2116 (2) Naturally being a dog Sasha had to check out the trees. IMG_2129 IMG_2128   Bob checked out the trading post IMG_2135 IMG_2145 (2)   We entered and Bob met a Local…Not sure if they were discussing how much they would get for my Scalp? IMG_2147 Apparently not enough ! ! !  ! IMG_2148 It is amazing to see the colours and Cacti growth on petrified logs. IMG_2146                                     IMG_2123 (2) Enter the Trading Post: IMG_2154 Watch out for the Lizards: IMG_2149 and the Dinosaurs on the  side of the highway… IMG_2114 (2) Sasha  watches and checks out the route and the best place to stop for a tree break.         IMG_2158 (2) IMG_2160 (2) IMG_2175 (2)  As Bob drove  through the mountains up to an Altitude of 7460 feet then down to 1800 Ft the Temp rose to 70 F  Time for Short Shorts Nice Knees if I say so myself.   IMG_2188 (2) Arrived hotel Palm Springs spoke to Mel ( Limey) and Irene we meet tomorrow for Thanksgiving Lunch. To be continued……Up early and this is the view from our Hotel. IMG_2195 (2)   IMG_2192IMG_2191 (2)Bobby checking out the fruits of the Tree. IMG_2194 (2) As we walked about before leaving we saw some Road Runners  Beep Beep IMG_2206 (2)   IMG_2205 (2) But no Wiley Coyote  ? ? ? ?? ? The Summit after 60 years  Bob and Mel meet up in Sunny California IMG_2207 (2) IMG_2210 (2)IMG_2209 (2)The gang before refreshments on the Patio. IMG_2211 (2) IMG_2212 (2) On the Patio Cacti with long spikes IMG_2204 (2)   BIMG_2213 (2) IMG_2214 (2) Bobby sharing a joke with Santa, and singing Carols. After a wonderful Thanksgiving meal we headed back to  ” Hacienda Limey “ IMG_2218 (2) Where the welcome MAT is always out. IMG_2224 (2) IMG_2223 (2) IMG_2221 IMG_2220 IMG_2219 (2)   A great big Thank You to Mel and Irene for a super visit. Also to Dawson Sasha says Thanks for the food. IMG_2225 (2) We head for  LA tomorrow and that ain’t Leduc Alberta. Los Angeles. 92 minutes driving through the mountains , IMG_2227 IMG_2229 IMG_2228.  Bob arrives at his cousins Hoose, Cissie lived in Toronto on Pacific Avenue. She fondly remembers my younger brother Georgie. She told me how nice a boy he was with her son Gordon as best pals for a few years till they moved to California. Tales of my brother that I had never heard befor. What a lovely welcome and a great complex for Seniors. Lemon Trees, Orange and Fig trees as well as Hibiscus and my favourites Bird of Paradise Flowers. Here are Cissie and Bob  buzzin cousins and some scenes of the Flora around Cissies House………

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Now for the Flora > > > > >

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 Natures Bounty on the door step >>>>>> Off to dinner at a great Burger Joint easy menu if you take the kids>>>> Burgers plain or with cheese, single or double patty, Fries  pop and Milkshakes that’s it. A great meal with no major decision making.

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Tomorrow of to Alcatraz and San Francisco see new page:

On the Road to Denver Colorado via Amarillo Texas

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IMG_2050 (2) Ice forming on the wipers…… IMG_2053 IMG_2052 Bobby  laughing as he Chaps away at the ice, Darned Windshield washer froze Florida Hertz only uses water much to our Chagrin. IMG_2054     IMG_2055 On the way up to Amarillo……. Arrival at the Hotel and Sasha shows us how it’s done>>>>> IMG_2059 (2) IMG_2057 (2) IMG_2056 (2)

We head out of Amarillo…..Pass through New Mexico onto Colorado

 Bob Signing Guest Book into New Mexico THERE WAS  SNOW””””””””””” and he was the First Scot the staff could remember signing the Book.IMG_2077

 

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Consoling Sasha as she could not sign the Book.

Bears in New Mexico can Skateboard

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I will bet the first Car in New Mexico did not have a road like this….

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Because of the Snow we decided to go to Trinidad…unfortunately the GPS led us to Trinidad Colorado  ha ha ha ha ha

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No Rum but lots of Snow

The Rockies start to appear through the white outs.

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Bob has really turned out to be a GREAT Chauffeur He drove through whiteouts and sunshine..  A series of brief views from the Navigators Seat: Tumbleweeds Low Clouds and Blowing SNOW what a day

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We hope these new fangled Home Movies were not to boring, this trip certainly isn’t…..In Fact Bob decided  that as we listen to the great music of the 50s on Sirius radio we should become mates with Roger Miller and be the updated>>>>>>
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 Hard at er ! ! ! ! !

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The 2013  “KINGS of the ROAD > > > > >

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In Denver we stayed with a Cruise Mate of Bobs. Michelle Thanks for the great supper and  spare beds.

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I hope that the modern version of Home Movies is not too boring for you ? ? ? A here is a  wee bit of Back tracking. Brad father of Koan and Lily, Partner of Stephanie told me how to up load these videos. So these are from our Day at the Rodeo in Corsicana…….YAHOOOooooo.  Yippppeeeeee    AAAIIIIIiiiiii ohh Kiaaaaa

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Tomorrow we are off to Palm Springs and warmer Climes to meet up with Limey and Irene Bob and Limey first met in 1963 in Peterhead but have not seen one another since 1965.

 

As Willy Nelson Sings…..On the Road Again……

Willy made the song famous. Today we reluctantly left Port Aranasas. A wonderful 4 day stop with great weather great beaches etc. Bob the chief driver decided to forego te gPS today and take secondary roads to Austin .. Yahoo we travelled up the “CHISHOLM TRAIL” onto the Texas Trail. visions of cowboys and cattle drives. Vey very historic died roads and we did not get lost. Despite not using the GPS. Arrived mid afternoon in Austin home of the LBJ library and Lady Bird Lake. A spread out city to be sure. Photo to come as I forgot the camera in the Car ha ha ha ha . here is Sasha at the beach on our final day on Padre Island.     IMG_1727 (2)  And  on the Chisholm Trail ( hi ya to Bobby and Linda CHISHOLM.) travelling North to Austin. IMG_1879  Nighttime In Austin;     IMG_1891 IMG_1892  Impressive State Capital Building. IMG_1897 A wee bit fuzzy must be that weak Yankee Beer. Bbbbbbrrrrrrr  the Canucks have sent in another cold front… the Temp dropped 35 degrees in one hour, even the old sweat of Wainwright days feels the drastic drop. Sailing along the I-35 Listening to the songs of the fifties.on Sirius radio. another amazing invention first time either of us had used Sirius. I swear there were tears in Bobby’s eyes as he belted out that old tune “Bobby’s Girl”. What an appropriate  radio station for this Bucket List Trip. Only a few miles from a chilly Corsicana Texas and the Rodeo on Saturday Yahooooooo. Hopefully the Rodeo will be well turned out;     Here we are a quick preview as we are heading back. Bob and the Brahma’s IMG_1999 IMG_2000 IMG_2001   IMG_2002 IMG_2003 Coos, Coos and mair Cooos ( Cows, Cows and more cows )  now for some Cowboys and Gals>>>>>  IMG_1975 (2) IMG_1974 IMG_1973 IMG_1970 (2) IMG_1969 (2) IMG_1968 (2) IMG_1962 (2) IMG_1961 (2) IMG_1960 (2) IMG_1944 (2) IMG_1943 (2)  I am so HAPPY that Bob was able to scratch “watch a Rodeo” from his bucket list. The price of this rodeo was “FREE”  what a bargain for Twa Auld Scots mannies,

 

 

 

        Bob earlier  looking at the Guns:    No shoppies like this in PeterheadIMG_1923 IMG_1924 IMG_1925 IMG_1926 IMG_1927 IMG_1928 IMG_1929 IMG_1930 IMG_1931 IMG_1932 Don’t forget get Xmas Cash by selling your gun now. Warning Sign at the Rodeo IMG_1992   Sasha takes over the bed in every hotel: IMG_1919 (2) IMG_1920 (2) Sasha is by far the world’s best traveller in the K-9 world.