The Mothership 2019

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Lots of improvements to the Mothership for 2019. Late last summer I had new Michelin tires put on. This Spring I’ve put some hours into: 1. an appropriate license frame for the Pacific NW; 2. A Weathertech rock guard for the front hood ( after I repaired 6 rock chips); 3. new faucet and plumbing for the galley sink Faucet; 4. New interior LED light fixtures and entry light ( labor intensive); 5. A screen door. Next week the mechanic who helps me is coming by to replace the black water discharge valve ( it has been sticking since we bought the Mothership). Hopefully we’re set for a few adventures over the next few months. We are taking the annual trek to Seaside, OR.  on July 1st through 6th with our grandkids.

Since we are going to Scotland for much of August, the next outings will be weekends to the ocean or Eastern Washington. My wife retires on June 28th ( officially Oct. 1st, I think), so hopefully we’ll have some time this Fall to wander about on the weekends.

Safe Travels

From the Mothership

docked in Seattle!

Homer on the Road

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At an RV park in Iowa ( I think) or maybe….Missouri*..? Anyway, this Homer replica seemed to be the mascot of the Park.

{I think I am getting desperate for posting material in this off-season! :-)}

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle!

*Now that I think of it, I believe this was in Springfield, Missouri.

Petrified From the Cockpit

Driving by the Petrified Forest in Arizona. Not sure what the giant dinosaur replica has to do with the forest. Perhaps it is just a marketing tool to catch the eye of the passerby? Seems a little Kitschy to me.

Safe ( and sane ) travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle!

The Chase

These images were taken from the cockpit going 60+ mph, so not the best quality. What I saw was dinosaurs chasing a vehicle along Route 66. We were driving on I-40, which you can see runs really close to the old 66. I believe this was near the Petrified Forest Park, which is northern Arizona, Apache and Navajo land.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in gray and wet

Seattle :-(.

Roswell, The Mother of all….

Much like Route 66 is known as the Mother of all Highways, America’s Highway, etc. Roswell, for almost 70 years, has been the Mother of all UFO stories in modern times. Of course this is an oversimplification, but you get the idea.

After a long flight from Clinton, OK. we docked the Mothership in Roswell, New Mexico this evening. We were greeted by this little green man and some interesting cloud formations behind us. Temps were in the upper 90’s, but there were threats of thunderstorms. We actually passed through one on US 70 about 40 miles from Roswell.

The High Plains are really fascinating and devoid of humans. Not even any roadkill, as we have been seeing armadillos every few miles crossing Missouri and into Oklahoma.

This morning we stopped in Elk City, OK. to spend time at the National Route 66 museum. Great place to check out the history of the highway. We spent some time in a diner they had set up on the site and talked with a couple for some time. Human contact!

After Clinton we drove on Route 66 for a while and ran through a very strange place called Texola, near the Texas border. I took a lot of photos with my D610 and will be posting those after the journey has ended and I have time to do the usual editing. To see a town just get swallowed up by nature is really creepy; the people move out and nature moves in. There was a town in Mew Mexico I wished we had stopped at to walk around as it was even creepier. Elidia, ( I believe). This was supposedly still a vital town, right on US 70, but as we drove through every house was vacant and looked as though everyone packed up and left 20 years ago. If there was ever a ghost town this was it. I was creeped-out just driving through and didn’t think to stop until I had gotten over the shock of what I was seeing. I’m hoping we  pass through some other old towns as we move West and North the next few days.

Planet America is a very diverse and unusual place!

Safe travels

till next time,

from the Mothership!

Homer and Spencer

Last night we docked in Springfield, Missouri . I did discover that this is the hometown of Homer Simpson! He might be as famous as Abe Lincoln, who came from another Spiringfield, in Illinois.

In the morning we drove about 20 miles on the old Route 66 that is still drivable ( much of the original 1920-30 version is gone, but some of the 1950’s road is still viable ( but rough in spots). We drove by the little ( over statement) of Spencer, Missouri. What you see in the photo is the whole town. If you look at the prices for gas, you will see that your eyes ar not deceiving you;  that’s .12 and .14 cents per gallon. The place is frozen in time. Those prices go back to the 50’s and early 60’s.

Tonight we are docked in Clinton, OK. It is 94 degrees out! Being from Seattle, this is heat stroke territory. Tomorrow we head for Roswell, NM. home of the Mother of all Mothership events. The temps and wi-fi may be insufferable. We are heading into the HOT part of our journey.

After a week all is well.

Safe travels,

From the Mothership .