Sunday, December 28, 2014

14th update this year.

I said goodbye to an old friend today.  We’ve been close for over 11 years.  Been through a lot together… helped me get over my divorce, was there when I had to evacuate for hurricane Katrina.  We explored the west Texas desert together as well as some great places in the mountains of New Mexico and Arizona.

But over the last couple years, we’d grown apart.  Finally the time came to say goodbye, knowing we probably won’t see each other again.  It was tough, but it had to be done.  Holding on too long comes with its own problems.  Anyway, I will always have the memories.  I hope the new owner has at least half the fun I did.  Here’s a couple pictures from some of the time we spent together.
From a weekend playing in Mississippi.

Right before we got stuck in the mud in New Mexico.

Right before we got stuck in the mud in Texas.

Not the worst campsite, not the best campsite.  Level, but not soft.

From the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route.


One last ride, this in the California desert.


In less interesting news, this is the 14th time I’ve updated the blog this year.  Since the last update, I’ve been on the road, mostly running from the weather and sleeping with cold feet.  Not the figurative kind, the literal kind.  I’m beginning to think my heavy sleeping bag, that I got slightly used about 13 years ago, is almost worn out.  It’s rated to 20 degrees, but despite two extra layers on top of it, I’m freezing at 26.  I definitely need to upgrade.  Or head to warmer weather.


Whichever I choose, you can read about it here.
 
Furry tree, Oregon.




Shoe Fence, near Twenty Nine Palms, CA.  It's been in the blog before.

Pedestrian traffic in Oatman, Arizona.



With my new friend on Route 66 in Arizona.



One of my top 5 favorite roads.  

Where will I head next?  Ogri said it best.