Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Leaving Bloomfield, NM.. landing in Holbrook, AZ.

Last night Buddy and Di asked us over for dinner. BB Spare ribs, hot sausage & brisket. Everything was delicious (garden salad, Potato Salad, baked beans, slaw and fruit.) Great food, topped only by good friendship.

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They have a wonderful Cocker Spaniel, Charlie, but he isn’t allowed to eat off the table.

He is old and deaf like me but absolutely the sweetest loving dog, I thought of the retriever, Brandy, Mel’s loving dog, up in WI. Different breeds, but the same nature.

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We talked the evening away had a wonderful time. It is hard to face, but most likely this will be the last time I see Buddy. (I told him, unless he comes to my funeral! we both got a good laugh.)

Our lives are thousands of miles apart now, but being with him it was like we were not apart for 50+ years.  The icing  would have been if Von Dale and Rose could have flown out.  Anyway, in life we take what we can, and this was great.

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It was hard to leave them, but in the morning we must go see “Mr. Cummings Diesel” then head for Las Vegas. But we will never forget this time with Buddy and Dianne.

This morning Mrs. Cummings asked what was wrong with the engine. I said, “I thought you folks had the magic machines and could plug into the coach brain and find out.”

She said they did, but liked to know what a human thought. LOL

After the diagnostics, it was the fuel filters.  so they changed both of them. Played with some other mysterious parts and things, and we departed with a nice Cummings Hat for Veterans and $388 dollars lighter. Sad smile(Winking smile)

Then we Headed down through the Navajo Reservation to Gallop, NM. I am a sucker for the out croppings in the desert areas:

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It always amazes me the enormity of these. My mind keeps asking, how did this happen?

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Ah, we are being passed. This Native American can do better than a dog in his pickup!

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You drive for miles seeing desert as above, then all of a sudden there is a green oasis below.

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And then there will be another out cropping I have to shoot!

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We are enjoying this, when there is a road block. A Native American, road worker, walks over to my window and says we will have to make a right and go over to 12 then south.

He did not mention that we were going from the desert floor up some steep green mountains.

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The coach ran hot. I had to stop and run a hose to cool the radiator down. These MTS are steep. But we did get to see the inside of the reservation. It also started raining, Di said it has not rained here this year. I hope they got some.  The rain was good for the over heating.

The detour and a missed road my me, caused us to miss the scheduled stop, we never saw Gallop. So once on I-40 and into Arizona the dreaded ‘LOW FUEL’ light came on. We did find a truck stop run by the Hopi Indians. So we took on 90 gallons of diesel at $3.86 per. We were down to 10 gallons.

The Arizona country side…….

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WE are overnighting in Holbrook, AZ

Nite Shipslog

PS:

We did enjoy the scenery on the detour.

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Leaving Bloomfield:

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7 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

Hey just want to say that you taking the time to see old friends is something we all should do. And that trip - so how long til home? sandie

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

That detour did put some excitement into the day for you. Glad the repairs weren't any more expensive than what they were. I can only imagine with a coach the size of yours, it could have been worse. Sure hope the rest of the trip is repair free. The scenery there is beautiful. Amazing how it changes so fast. It's still raining every day here in northern Ohio.

Mevely317 said...

What a sweet, sweet time you and Sherry enjoyed with your friends! My heart sorta twisted at your parting; but I guess that's the price we all pay for loving one another ... allowing ourselves to FEEL.
That shot of Charlie in the sunglasses just cracked me up!

Happy trails!

Jackie said...

I felt as though I was able to ride along with you and Sherry as I read your blog today. Beautifully written. My eyes got moist as I read that you probably won't see your friend again. My heart was blessed as I looked at the incredible photos of the "outcropings." How majestic and marvelously created they are! What a great trip you are having. I'm thankful for all repairs and all fueling opportunities you have had on this leg of your journey.
As you approach Las Vegas, know that my thoughts are with you both for a safe, healthy, and happy time as you continue your travels.
Love,
Jackie

FrankandMary said...

It may be the last time you see him, but at least you did see him. So many people speak of friends...so long ago...but never see each other face-to-face again.

I'd let Charlie eat of my table, the cats do...(I know some people find that gross, but honestly, my cats have better manners than some people do).

Paula said...

I think about you two each day and wonder how far you got and what you saw. Now I know. I agree with the others, kind of sad that you probably won't get to see each other again but then who knows what is in store.

TARYTERRE said...

Good friends. LOVE Charlie. Glad the detour didn't take you too far out of the way.