I taped this cartoon inside the cover of my travel log one time when I drove out west. That trip was kind of therapeutic because my mind was in a turmoil back then. I was totally amazed by the great vast staggering beauty of the country. If I flew over it to my destination it would be impossible to see the country on the way and every 50 miles is something else, especially when I took the scenic route off the interstate.
My Ford Taurus has a huge trunk and the most comfortable seats. That’s why I bought it, for a road trip. It’ll go up a mountain, no problem.
I can’t decide if I should take my camera and computer or not. I did my road trips without them before.
The Ghost Ranch is at 7000 ft. and I live at sea level. I want to leave plenty early so I can spend a couple days in Colorado and try to get used to the altitude before I go up to the Ghost Ranch which is in New Mexico.
I’m taking 3 primed canvases and oil painting supplies and also my watercolors and paper, easel, and everything I usually take to paint in Plein air. I’d never be able to take all that on a plane. Not to mention clothes with a coat and jacket. The weather up there could be cold or hot. It changes drastically, I think.
I’ll leave tomorrow and might get as far as Kentucky in one day. I’m not driving more than 8 hours a day but I’ll probably do more like 7 hours a day until I get out west.
I can’t take anyone with me, but that’s ok.
I’ll start writing in the back of the old travel log because I filled in the front part of it in 2005 when I drove Route 66 from Springfield MO. to Santa Monica, CA. then came back east on 50, “the loneliest road in America”. They are some beautiful roads, and as a taxpayer, they’re mine.