Scoot, Bob and me headed out of the Hill Top B&B around sunup. There was a strong fragrance of roses in the air as we left. It turned into a long and interesting day, so get a beer or glass of wine and sit back for the ride
Grande River the first stop today was border patrol and some of Sue's people. I did not look like a "citizen", but after some negotiation they let me go.
I crawled up to the 9,000 foot Emory Pass, but so did everybody else. My only problemwas that it got cold, so I dug out the rain gear again for warmth.
inflight refueling today. Probably could have made it into Sliver City, New Mexico, but when the low level light came on and stayed on, I put the gas in. This is my first experience with newly redesigned gas cans and I think they got it right this time.
Boca, Fl. and was on a solo trip also, only camping. He gets the same questions I get about my wife. The world gets smaller. He flew helicopters in Vietnam, also. And smaller; with my former boss at the airline. And smaller; he had worked for my buddy Ed of Lafayette in Egypt. That is a lot of coincidences.You never know who you will meet. The good thing was we both agreed that this was excellent mexican food.
Glenwood, 64 miles down the road. We crossed the Continental Divide just outside Sliver City.
Glenwood and the Los Ornos Motel and Cabins about 3:30. Jeff, the new owner, was trying to sort out the swimming pool plumbing to no avail. I got a nice little single cabin for $60. The place was very clean and the grounds well kept and he is still working to upgrade place. From what I saw in this little town, it was the best deal going.
This is just a small collection of 4 mom and pop hotels and 3 mom and pop cafes, a bar and a gas station. None of which are open much. I wandered around and met some interesting people. First was Gary Conquest. He was born in Deadwood, SD and has been a wrangler for 47 years and still is. He came here out of Wyoming to winter here and work a little.. When he does not have work around Glenwood, he has a free lunch at the senior center and visits around this small community. He had great stories and was neat as a pin. He walked down the street and had that cowboy swagger as he walked.
Schmitt, who were honeymooning on their go-fast bikes. She could not have weighed 90 pounds, but had set her all time best speed record today, 141 mph. I have no idea how she did not get blown off. Jeff had built a fire and we sat around watching the stars come out and in these dark hills it was a beautiful sight.
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On of the reasons I work with the James Dean Byrd Foundation to raise money for Escuela Bilingue los Algrarrobos is because they try to help themselves. Every year the school has a flea market. Though markets are common, the flea market of just used items is not familiar to them. Besides the items sold, the parents cook food and sell it. This year was a hugh success. Raising $1,000 is a big deal in this small town. Here is the email from Christine, the Secretary of the Ecuadorean part of the foundation. (In her email she says this is the "first" , it is just the first for this year.)
On saturday 7th, we organized the first activity to raise funds for the School: the Flea Market. Thanks to all the donations we got, we had a game "THE TOMBOLA" with 260 prizes,(all donated) and we filled 2 classrooms with clothes, shoes and other items. We collected $1000 approximately, with that money we cover half month salaries, to us is a success, considering that the most expensive item was $5.00.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your support.I'm attaching pictures of it before we opened to the public.
I'll keep you informed about our progress.
Secretary of the Foundation
James Dean Byrd.