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Day 13 - Sunday, July 22, 2007
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This morning we drove and took some pix of the hidden New Mexico capitol.

I say hidden for two reasons:
1. The capitol's latitude and longitude are wrong on the Wikipedia page. The Navigator takes these coordinates and plugs them into the Delorme GPS software so we know where we're going. But the coords for this capitol were wrong. We spend almost an hour driving around looking for it. I asked five people for the location of the capitol. Can you believe that the first four had no idea where their state's capitol is located? Wow, that's scary! We did eventually find it.
2. The capitol itself, which is round, most unusual, is covered by trees as you can see from the pix below. If you follow the Wikapedia link above, you'll get a much better picture. But that pix was either taken a long time ago or somebody Photoshopped out the trees :)

After that we drove to I-40 and turned East, our primary direction now. The goal was to reach Amarillo today. On the way we visited the world famous Cadillac Ranch. See the colorful pix below.

Tonight we are camped at my fav, a Flying J in Amarillo, TX, my birthplace a long time ago :)

Special to Pat: You are missed my friend. God be with you.

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The hidden capitol of New Mexico. A little better angle. This sculpture is in front of the capitol. Kinda cool. How appropriate is it that the last town in New Mexico is named Endee?
A graffiti encrusted sign for June. Looks like somebody doesn't much like President Bush. Cadillac Ranch from the road. As you can see, they are covered in graffiti. But that's okay. Visitors are encouraged to spray paint to their heart's content. And, as you can see, a bunch of people have been very busy.
Guess what the guy in the blue shirt is doing? Hint - it involves spray paint :) True love? Just in case you wondered. Graffiti on top of graffiti on top of graffiti.
Visitors have even carved graffiti into the tires. Very creative :)
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Drive Time:
Begin: 11:00am
End: 8:30pm
Net (includes stops): 9 hrs, 30 mins
Trip Mileage:
Begin odometer: 36,623
End odometer: 36,955
Net miles today: 332
Average MPH: 34.9
Total trip miles: 3,999

Gas Mileage:
Average MPG to date: 14.3

Gasoline: $40.00
     Price: $2.979/gal
     Bought in: Santa Fe, NM
Gasoline: $60.00
     Price: $3.299/gal
     Bought in: San Jon, NM
Food, ice, etc.: $16.00
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $0.00
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T o d a y ' s    T h o u g h t
Bill in Louisville lists some of life's minor annoyances:

  1. People who point at their wrist while asking for the time.
  2. People who are willing to search the entire room for the T.V. remote because they refuse to walk to the TV and change the channel manually.
  3. People who say "Oh you just want to have your cake and eat it too".
  4. People who say "It's always in the last place you look". Captain Obvious to the rescue.
  5. People who, watching a movie with you, say "Did you see that?".
  6. People who ask "Can I ask you a question?" Uh, you just did.
  7. Products which claim they are "New and Improved!" Well, which is it?
  8. People say "Life is short". It is? What can you do that's longer?
  9. When you are waiting for the bus and someone asks "Has the bus come yet?".
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From Sue in KY, a little Biblical humor...

Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth?
A. Ruthless.

Q. What do they call pastors in Germany?
A. German Shepherds.
(oh... they get worse!)

Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?
A. Noah. He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation.

Q. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?
A. Pharaoh's daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet.
(Holy Moses!)

Q. What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible?
A. Jehovah drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury.
David's Triumph was heard throughout the land.
Also, probably a Honda, because the apostles were all in one Accord.

Q. Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?
A. Samson. He brought the house down.
(In spite of his fallen arches!)

Q. What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in the Garden of Eden?
A. "Your mother ate us out of house and home."
(The Devil, you say!)

Q. Which servant of God was the most flagrant lawbreaker in the Bible?
A. Moses. He broke all 10 commandments at once.
(Take two tablets and call me in the morning!)

Q. Which area of Palestine was especially wealthy?
A. The area around Jordan. The banks were always overflowing.

Q. Who is the greatest babysitter mentioned in the Bible?
A. David. He rocked Goliath to a very deep sleep.
(VERY deep!)

Q. Which Bible character had no parents?
A. Joshua, he was the son of Nun.

Q. Why didn't they play cards on the Ark?
A. Because Noah was always standing on the deck.

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