6/18/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day driving from Van Buren, AR, to Rio Rancho, NM.  A few miles into Oklahoma, the Crown Vic just stopped running in the middle of I-40.  The engine just shut off.  I coasted to a stop on the shoulder, popped the hood, and looked for anything leaking or a broken belt, but saw nothing.  After a few minutes, I turned the key and it started again.  We drove to Oklahoma City and stopped at a Firestone that was about to close.  They did an engine code check, and saw that there was a throttle error, but did not have time to run a diagnostic before closing time.  We continued west.

In Amarillo, we stopped for dinner at Red Lobster (to celebrate my birthday!) and then continued west.  As we were way behind schedule, we ended up pulling over and sleeping for a bit before returning home right before sunrise.

Happy Father’s Day to my dad!

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6/6/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we drove from Amarillo, TX, to Joplin, MO.  It was great weather, with no rain or storms anywhere.  It wasn’t even all that humid.

Joey and I have been playing the license plate game, and I am only missing a few license plates at this point.

We stopped several times in Amarillo before rolling out of town.  We ended up at the Quality Inn in Joplin.  Unfortunately for me, the Steak N Shake was closed when I arrived.

Otherwise, it was an uneventful day.

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1/4/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was our return trip to Rio Rancho, NM.  We started the day by leaving Oklahoma City, OK, and driving west forever on I-40.  I’ve been over that section of pavement quite a few times.  In fact, when we arrived in Amarillo, I realized that there are very few hotels there where I have not spent the night.

The drive was thankfully uneventful.  I played the license plate game on this trip, and only missed WY and ND.

When we arrived in Albuquerque, we had dinner at Jasmine Thai, which is always a treat.

That wrapped up our day!  Now, back to the regularly-scheduled routines and cleaning up from two and a half weeks on the road!

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1/2/16: Daily Post

Yesterday, we started in Lenexa, KS, and continued our journey back to New Mexico. Naturally, we took an indirect route, so that I could operate my amateur radio equipment from counties that I have not operated from before. I picked up 11 new counties today.

After the sun went down, we had our choice of places to end for the night. We were going to have to stay somewhere, and it was a choice between rural Texas or Oklahoma, or Oklahoma City. Because we wanted an earlier night tonight for laundry and cooking purposes, we chose Oklahoma City, and are currently staying at a Quality Inn on the west side near the airport.

This evening, I went for a walk. The weather was cold this evening, but not like it has been the last few days. I finally reached 10,000 steps for the first time in many days. I also found a Cadillac hubcap, which I brought back for Joey.

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2/24/14: Daily Post

I did not post yesterday as it was a really long drive (and long day) back from Tulsa, OK.

Tulsa was good fun. I played with an old Radio Shack HTX-10 ham radio on my ways to and from Tulsa, making contacts in Cuba, Canada, the USS Iowa, and several stateside stations. Not bad for 25 watts output!

I went and supported my girlfriend as she did a 1/4 marathon. She is building up to running marathons, and so this was one more race in that direction. Conditions in Tulsa were brutal- cold and extremely windy, so it made for a rough run.

On the way back to Rio Rancho, we stopped in Oklahoma City. We found an old school; it had been a school for African American children until the schools integrated. Through its lifetime, it had been an elementary, middle and high school at some point. It was built in 1910 and abandoned completely in 1994. There were all sorts of neat things about this site, and I will post them on my ghost towns blog in the next few days.

Today, I helped out with a recruiting event for New Mexico Tech. It was my first year working this event, and so there are things I will do differently next year.

This evening, I attended a Skywarn Training session in Rio Rancho. I don’t think I had been to one since 2005, when I first moved to New Mexico. I brought my family and they learned about storms- or at least the Skywarn end, as they have been chasing storms with me before.

This evening, I knocked out my satellite and meteorology quiz and will start playing with two new meteorology software packages over the next few days.

Tomorrow, I get on the train and go to Socorro. I have a lot to do once I get there, but I’ll try to post here when I can. Stay tuned!

2/22/14: Daily Post

Even though I am past midnight in my current time zone, my home time zone still shows 11:19 PM, so I’m posting from “today,” and am not late.

We are in Tulsa, OK for the night. There is a race tomorrow, a 1/4 marathon, that my girlfriend will run. I will not be running, but will be enjoying the lovely spring weather here in Oklahoma as I did today. We rode with the windows down and had a great time rolling across Oklahoma.

I played on ten meters with an old Radio Shack HTX-10 radio. Ten meters was wide open and I worked several stations. I love that old radio- it was my first HF radio, and I made a few hundred contacts with it between classes at Virginia Tech back in 2002/2003. I have a lot of fond memories with that radio, and I am so happy that it still works.

Hopefully, I’ll do some more major updates over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!