Started here:

Winslow, Arizona
Missing States I
Day 10 - Monday, May 15, 2006
Ended here:

Amarilo, Texas

T o d a y ' s    N a r r a t i v e
Long day today. But don't be fooled by the stats below. Yes, we covered a lot of miles. But a bunch of those miles were spent visiting the Petrified Forest and The Painted Desert. Both very beautiful places.

I've added eight pix to June's desert pix. The new stuff is at the top of the page.

Tonight we're camped at a Flying J truck stop in Amarillo, TX. Tomorrow we're having lunch with my Aunt Fran then we'll be on the road again.

T o d a y ' s    P i c t u r e s
Click on a pix for a larger view
The Navigator demonstrates the Sit command on a petrified log. Fortunately, the petrification process is not contagious and he escaped unharmed. Except, of course, for his brain which has been petrified for about nine years or so. Boy, I'm in trouble now! Even the crows enjoy the Painted Desert! I pulled right up beside this crow and was amazed when it didn't fly away. Look on the right hand side of the sign and you'll see a present left by one of his brethren. :) My fav fast food place with mountains background.

Two panoramic pix from the Painted Desert

T o d a y ' s    S t a t s
Begin: 7:30am
End: 10:30pm
Net (includes stops): 15 hrs, 0 mins
Begin odometer: 157,698
End odometer: 158,448
Net miles today: 750
Average MPH: 50.00
Total trip miles: 4,152

     Price: $2.979/gal
     Bought in: Winslow, AZ
     Price: $2.899/gal
     Bought in: Adrian, TX
Food, ice, etc.: $7
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $5.00 - Internet access at Flying J.

T o d a y ' s    T h o u g h t
From Meg in TX:

Something else you probably wish you could say out loud at the office: Whatever is eating at you.... must be suffering horribly.

T o d a y ' s    J o k e
From JP in FL:

I am sick and tired of hearing about how dumb people are in the South. I challenge any so-called smart Yankee and other assorted Northern friends to take this exam:

1. Calculate the smallest limb diameter on a persimmon tree that will support a 10 pound possum.

2. Which of these cars will rust out the quickest when placed on blocks in your front yard?
(A) '65 Ford Fairlane
(B) '69 Chevrolet Chevelle
(C) '64 Pontiac GTO.

3. If your uncle builds a still which operates at a capacity of 20 gallons of shine produced per hour, how many car radiators are required to condense the product?

4. A woodcutter has a chain saw which operates at 2700 RPM. The density of the pine trees in the plot to be harvested is 470 per acre. The plot is 2.3 acres in size. The average tree diameter is 14 inches. How many Budweisers will be drunk before the trees are cut down?

5. If every old refrigerator in the state vented a charge of R-12 simultaneously, what would be the percentage decrease in the ozone layer?

6. A front porch is constructed of 2x8 pine on 24-inch centers with a field rock foundation. The span is 8 feet and the porch length is 16 feet. The porch floor is 1-inch rough sawn pine. When the porch collapses, how many hound dogs will be killed?

7. A man owns a Tennessee house and 3.7 acres of land in a hollow with an average slope of 15%. The man has five children. Can each of his grown children place a mobile home on the man's land and still have enough property for their electric appliances to sit out front?

8. A 2-ton truck is overloaded and proceeding 900 yards down a steep slope on a secondary road at 45 MPH. The brakes fail. Given average traffic conditions on secondary roads, what is the probability that it will strike a vehicle with a muffler?

9. A coal mine operates a NFPA Class 1, Division 2 Hazardous Area. The mine employs 120 miners per shift A gas warning is issued at the beginning of the 3rd shift. How many cartons of unfiltered Camels will be smoked during the shift?

10. At a reduction in the gene pool variability rate of 7.5% per generation, how long will it take a town which has been bypassed by the Interstate to breed a country-western singer?

I betcha thought that there test was gonna be an easy one, didn't ya? It's okay if'n ya didn't do all that well. Just goes to show ya... There's a whole heap o' things that big city book-larning don't prepare ya for in this life.

As an added bonus for taking the "REDNECK CHALLENGE", here's some southerly advice that may come in handy down the road a piece...

Next time you are too drunk to drive, walk to the nearest pizza shop and place an order for delivery. When they go to deliver it, catch a ride home with them.

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