I’m not dead, it’s just been an erratic summer road trip. Ever since TBEX back in June I’ve been taking minor treks around the American central / southwest as well as the northern part of Mexico, although the latter was with my buddy Rich. He has family there…but I’ll get to that later.
Why have I been wandering aimlessly through two countries that I already know very well? That is a good question, I’ve been sitting here for five minutes since I finished that sentence, just thinking..and to be honest, I really don’t have an answer. There’s just been too much on my mind and since I don’t have a girlfriend anymore to open up to and never had any family, well I guess I’ve been trying to lose myself in the tranquil sounds of nature and monotonous driving of the highways in between national parks. Of course now that my truck was stolen while I was in Mexico, these last few weeks have been hell…but I’ll get to that.
Quick clarification: My truck was stolen from Texas while I was in Mexico…no crazy car-jacking from Mexican thugs or anything like that — although that would have made a great story.
The worst part is I feel so drained and so unenthusiastic that I have not even felt the urge to do much writing recently. But I’m going to try and change that between now and the end of the new year, because I don’t want to be sitting here making new years goals like some poor slob.
On A Happier Note, New Pictures!
After all, thanks to that lightning strike that fried my computer and external hard drive while I was out of town (not to mention left lots of other electronics around the house in need of replacement) I now have to work on rebuilding my collection of travel pictures and videos. Anything that I did not have online already has been lost forever — and before you say anything, I’ve been to the techs already. While the computer hard drive was recoverable, that was only because there was lots of other components and circuity to the computer that helped absorb and dissipate the electrical shock away from the hard drive. My standalone 3TB external hard drive, however, was a complete loss by all professional accounts.
So I did at least try and take a few new pictures during my travels this summer, to start re-building the collection… and maybe even improve my photography skills. Take a look! (For the first time I am actually proud to put my name on some of them.)
I really wish I would have taken some better pictures of my truck before we started hosing it off. After tearing around on the salt flats for ten minutes or so at 100mph I avoided automotive disaster but had managed to collect a bunch of salt icicles hanging from the bottom of the truck. Luckily we were able to use the hose-off station and wash it all of, before it could cause any corrosion to my brake pads or undercarriage.
It was a perfect cloud-free day too, managed to get some nice shots of the church. Plus the work crew was letting some of the visitors help apply the fresh adobe coating, which apparently they have to do every year. I’ll upload the video of myself soon.
Yup, it’s been a scenic albeit unaccomplished summer for me. Originally I had such great plans but they all just fell to shit. Funny how that happens.
Then to make things worse, I return from Mexico to find out that my mechanic, who was supposed to be installing a new engine and tranny in my truck, instead skipped town and left me with no vehicle. I’ve been auto shopping these last couple weeks.
Now as soon as I decide on one then it is time to hit the road again and pick up where I left off…
Or screw the new vehicle, I’ll just sell the house and live out of a backpack for the next few years!