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Albuquerque - Gas Station

Jun. 18th, 2004 | 12:54 am

442 miles

Fifth stop. Always have the damndest time finding a gas station here for some reason. No exception tonight.

I'm not sure when it was decided that little red lights on towers was insufficient. But now you ocassionally come across towers with flashing hot white strobes of death. It's a little distracting.

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Somewhere NM - Rest Stop

Jun. 18th, 2004 | 02:22 am

529 miles

This is one packed rest stop. Apparently most people want to sleep rather than drive at 2:30 in the morning. I am not most people.

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Outside Amarillo, TX - Rest Stop

Jun. 18th, 2004 | 06:42 am

687 miles

Texas is full of the annoying little "parking area" rest stops without facilities, and very short on actual facilities. Wife opines that it's somewhat sexist since men don't really need facilities to go. Husband notes that it's a cost savings for the state and keeps the taxes lower, and since men make all the money and pay all the taxes, it's okay. Husband gets smacked.

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Clinton, OK - McDonalds, Kmart

Jun. 18th, 2004 | 11:06 am

895 miles

When everyone's asleep we can really pile on the miles, but we lost 2 hours in time zones so it's not quite as impressive. Cass and I switched off a few times through the night.

My favorite thing to listen to while driving is talk radio. Fortunately I caught "coast to coast overnight", which is usually pretty fascinating. The guest was a guy who had just returned from Egypt and was investigating Stargate's and wormholes. For real. I don't enjoy mocking these guys quite as much as others do, but he certainly seemed out there. He discussed at length the dance of the whirling dirvish and how at some point the twirling of the robes (or something) formed to look exactly like a UFO. He mentioned 3 or 4 things that looked just like UFO's. Why do these people think all UFO's are saucers?

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Kansas Turnpike, Rest Stop

Jun. 18th, 2004 | 07:03 pm

1195 miles

Made my first mis-navigation on a road trip in quite a while. Unfortunately it was onto a turnpike which takes a while to get off of.

I actually enjoy straying from the interstate now and again as time permits, and this was an okay detour. It got a little longer than I would have preferred so I got a little snippy at the end. Mostly internal frustration at having caused the problem in the first place.

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Emporia, KA - Arby's

Jun. 18th, 2004 | 08:03 pm

1258 miles

You know it's a long road trip when you're excited about almost being done with 430 miles left.

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