We started out from Santa Rosa, NM this morning and hoped to make it about a third to half of the way to Wichita today, but the wind had other ideas. Here we are in Tucumcari, sitting in the parking lot of a Love’s truck stop and I’m thinking this is probably where we’ll be until the wind dies down. It’s a good day to be retired, with no schedule and no boss waiting for me tomorrow morning!
We left Tucson Thursday morning and out in the middle of nowhere we came upon a small RV having trouble. LeRoy pulled Liberty off the road behind them to see if he could help. As the driver came around the back with a shredded tire, he just looked so sad! Turns out, it was the second one of the day. The family is Romanian and have been in the United States less than a year. None of them have a very good command of English and LeRoy speaks no Romanian at all, so it was a little like playing charades to make them understand that we would go with them to Lordsburg, NM, about 5 miles away to see if we could find a tire shop. Two tires later, we were all on our way. I hope they made it on to Odessa, TX and I pray that they will be able to find work there.
We spent Thursday night and Friday in Truth or Consequences visiting with LeRoy’s cousin Raymond and soaking in the hot tubs at Riverbend Hotsprings, one of our favorite places. They have done a lot of sprucing up in the years we’ve been going there, since the fall of 2010. Their latest project is building more private soaking rooms. Raymond was glad to see us and we had some of the best visits we’ve had with him. He also gave us a gift that I haven’t yet been able to figure a location for in my kitchen, a new food processor. Currently it is occupying the back seat of the Cruiser!
While we were at Riverbend, we got word that one of this blog’s followers, Wayne Scott, was having a serious health challenge. He and his wife Rhonda are work campers and we met them at Riverbend some time back when they were there. They had planned to be working there for a while now, but their plans are changing. Wayne writes a blog, too, TurnWhenTheRoadDoes.com. He and Rhonda are considerably younger than we are and are traveling in a fifth-wheel, so their experiences are different from ours. He got out of the hospital on Friday evening, so we were able to visit with them a while on Saturday morning before we left.
As we have come east, we are seeing less and less evidence of spring, although the trees and flowers are beginning to come around. I thought I’d show you a few more of the colorful things we left behind in Tucson.
I’m looking forward to seeing spring in Kansas before we know it!