Route 66, New Mexico

Along Route 66, through and around Gallup, NM. I40 runs adjacent to Route 66 at this spot ( the last image is of I40). Route 66 runs right through Gallup and is still their main street, so to speak.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle!

(leaving tonight for NYC. I will try to post on my other blog, Bluestar2012, during my stay).

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Erick, OK.

32-img_1324Next to Texola, on Route 66, is the small town of Erick, OK.  We were traveling westward along Route 66 so I think Erick is just east of Texola, OK. This shot was taken from the cockpit of the Mothership, moving, on a Samsung point and shoot camera.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle.

PS: I will be in NYC/Brooklyn from the 21st to the 30th. This is a non-Mothership trip to visit our son and family. I won’t have access to the trip images I took this summer, so not sure what I may post or if I will. Bear with me as I still have many images to share from the  voyage. Thanks!

Texola, OK: Last Look

One last look at Texola, OK. on Route 66. The next town along Route 66 is nearly deserted as Texola. You can see the Mothership parked in the background.

I thought I was doing a good job of putting images in folders in chronological order, but it seems not to be the case. My one complaint about Apple products is that there is a lack of storage space on their devices. So, I have to constantly move images from the hard drive to an external drive. I have three of those drives at the moment plus a dozen thumb drives for other purposes I have convinced myself are necessary. I think it comes down to an inherent lack of space and my mild case of paranoia about losing images.

Anyway,

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle!

Texola Redux

A few more images from Texola, OK. Nature definitely has a way of reclaiming space. If you click on the image of the Mechanic sign you will see a guy walking between the buildings. This guy was the only living being we saw. I think he lives in the trailer next to the abandoned building.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in stormy Seattle!

Texola. OK.

In the previous post I mentioned the Vice show, Abandoned, and that they did a piece on Route 66. One of the ghost towns ( my description) they stopped at and chatted with a resident was Texola, OK. Waterhole#2 was where they interviewed the owner and perhaps last remaining resident.

While we were stopped and I was walking around shooting, there were actually two other photographers getting in and out of cars, taking photos. It was nearly 100 degrees so I was trying to get the images as fast as I could. The town just 7 miles to the east is called Erick and it was one step away from ghostliness, too. This stretch of Route 66 is pretty cool as you can pass through a few places like Texola before you run out of good road and are forced to get back on I 40.

I’ll post more images from Texola on Friday. I think it is a place worth looking at and perhaps seeing what happens when the past collides with the future; Texola can be seen as the debris from that collision, in some sense.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle!

View From the Cockpit: Part?

Some views from the cockpit in Arizona. Empty space dotted with the occasional Sign, billboard and stays from the herd.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle!

ps: The Vice channel has a program called Abandoned which is really fascinating. The last episode they traveled Route 66, from Santa Monica to Chicago. We traveled from Peoria ( did not want to sail the Mothership through downtown Chicago) to Barstow. West to East or vice versa works. The show touched on a few places long enough to get a sense of what is going on out there along the Mother Road, including Texola, a place where we stopped. Population : 30, although we didn’t see anyone and only one business, WaterHole#2, looked habitable. An elderly women apparently runs the ‘business’ and is in the process of buying up most of the crumbling houses in the town. After she buys them she paints them green–not sure why.