A is for............

Trip Start Jul 17, 2012
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Trip End Aug 22, 2012


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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Glen:

A very short stay in Pueblo, but a great way to unwind after taking in Skyline Drive (previous post). Although not quite in Texas yet (still talking about the night previous), I couldn't help myself and had to partake at the Texas Roadhouse (Steakhouse chain in the USA) as it was walking distance from the accomodation and I really felt like half a cow. Consequently a great night sleep followed.

On to today.....today's ride is dedicated to my brother-in-law Anthony,. Sadly he passed away in March last year after losing his battle with cancer. Anthony was a keen rider and and had ridden quite a lot through Thailand and Australia. Prior to him getting sick he was entertaining the thought of maybe joining us for a section, or doing a route back home in Australia. I've thought of him a lot on this trip; in fact everyday - from something so simple as a US quirky road-sign that makes me chuckle - knowing that if Ants was here to view it he would have quipped an even funnier comment through to the music coming through my headset with rippin' tunes from Cold Play, Hunters and Collectors, Karma County, Paul Kelly, Foo Fighters and Chilli Peppers........ sometimes too much to bear.

But it's been kinda weird....if you 've been following the blog, you will see (and read) we've had a few near misses with cars, weather, trucks, mechanical issues to name a few. Cliff and I have often remarked that someone 'upstairs' has been looking out for us - with our lucky storm dodging (it's rained and had isolated showers - but the 'cell' has always missed us); near head-on with a SUV that cut a corner (10-20secs earlier than I was on a country corner and it would have been ugly), more weather dodged and always getting to our accomodation in one piece before the rain hits......

So, thank-you Anthony for everything you've done and all that you have done in the past. Know that you are sorely missed and that if you were here in Amarillo with us, I am sure you would be trying to help us find a dive bar with Tony Christie ("Is this the way to Amarillo") playing in the background. Either that or any bar that had Johnny Cash lookalikes.....tipping a beer in your direction.
Glen, always.

From Cliff

Had a sleep in till 07.30 and a good breakfast and a chat with Cindarella a staffmember about the trip.
On the road at 09.30 and expecting it to pretty much be a flat and hot boring run on the Interstate Highways.  We had about 330 miles to complete which is quite an easy day compared to what we have been doing to date.

We decided to dedicate today to Anthony who was a rider and loved to explore places but sadly passed away last year.  So todays song choices and those moments when you are taking in some beautiful views were in Anthony's memory.  I will not pretend to have known him as well as Glen but we did share a few beers and catch ups over the years. 

The first 200 miles was quite cool and also had some nice mountains to look at and a few twists and turns to keep it interesting.  After crossing into Texas it got much flatter and hotter and we stopped for an uninspiring Maccas lunch but at least they had wifi and a local older guy came and sat with us for about 10 minutes telling us about his recent trip to Australia that he really enjoyed which was nice to hear. 

Arrived at the hotel and Glen has gone off for a haircut and a beard trim while I enjoy some relaxing and most likely a swim.  There are some serious storm warnings on the tv now but I think we will miss them here. Glen also exceeded all expectations when he returned with no haircut but trays of SUSHI!!!!!!

Off to Dallas tomorrow and we have our first break since Sturgis (and that wasn't really a break) which will be great.

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keiko grose on

Yep, I think Anthony with you.
Not only Anthony. You guys protect by lots of people whose read your brog, familymembers and friends.
I am not very religious but I believe some kind of spirit.
If you do right thing, help each other your road trip will be good I believe.
Have a good time and show us more interest thing and keep safe.

But funny, Glen want eat cow and Cliff want Sushi!
Today, Canbera has snow! Just I heard 1pm abc radio news.
OOL is 26c fine day.

Paul in Adelaide on

Cheers Boys, will have a beer for Anthony (and you) tonight.
Stay Safe!

Errol and Maralyn on

Drive safe and keep well. Anthony would have loved to share this adventure with you both. We are certain he is with you in spirit.

Jo Amber on

Hi there, we are all following you with great interest, lovely to include Anthony along with you, its really great. We look forward to you arriving back safely, you will both need a rest after this trip, harder I think than anticipated. Sending all our love, Mum & Malcolm

Wally & Leonie on

We are really enjoying following your trip - looking forward to hearing more about it when you get home Cliff.

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roadtrip_usa on

Thanks guys, will catch up on my return.

Kerry G on

I have to say you have certainly had some near misses,it would seem that someone has been looking over you on this trip....travel safe boys on your homeward trip, Its been great comning along for the ride on the blog, well done.

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roadtrip_usa on

Thanks Errol and Maralyn - we thought of Anthony everyday, and we know he would have loved this trip. GG

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