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    • Day16


      September 29, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      Heute starteten wir sehr spät da wir ein ausgiebiges Frühstück mit sehr netter Unterhaltung mit unserer Herbergsdame Linda hatten.
      Eine ältere Dame aus der es nur so Heraussprudelt.
      Ihre Geschichten sind einfach klasse.
      Lundeen Inn in Las Cruses absolut zu Empfehlen.

      Über El Paso gelangten wir nach Carlsbad.
      Dort besuchten wir den Living Desert National Park. Leider begann es bereits nach ein paar Minuten zu schütten und wir mussten die Tour abbrechen.

      Weiter ging es zu den Carlsbad Caverns, hier wollten wir die berühmten Fledermäuse bestaunen die jeden Abend aus ihrer Höhle auf Beutejagd gehen.
      Leider machte uns auch hier wieder das Wetter einen Strich durch die Rechnung, es regnete in strömen.

      Patschnass gelangten wir ins Auto.

      Die Parkranger meinten das die Fledermäuse heute später als sonst rauskommen, also warteten wir.

      Und natürlich, bei unserem Glück, nahmen Sie heute den Hinterausgang der Höhle und wir konnten sie nur ganz klein erkennen.

      Naja Egal.
      Beim Warten lernten wir wieder nette Menschen kennen. Das ist auch was wert.
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      Da mit der Harley durch 🙊🙊😳



    • Day10

      Cavern City (KCNM), NM

      May 12, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Flight time 2.3 hours. Now in MDT time zone. Refueled. Done for the day.

      Daily total of 4.6 hours flying and 994 km (537 nm). For today, no nasty weather and had some tail winds. Nice.

      Terrain is getting higher, much drier and a bit lumpier.
      They gave me a Yukon truck as a courtesy vehicle. Stayed at Econolodge.

      The next morning low clouds and poor visibility again prevented from leaving until about 11 am. Conventional wisdom says to leave early in the morning in the south to avoid heat and turbulence. Clouds and visibility issues have prevented this for the entire trip so far... except for the first day when it was below freezing
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      GUFY trips

      Washroom in terminal

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      Yukon truck complementary vehicle

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      Saw road runner outside terminal. It ran away before I could snap its pic.

      GUFY trips

      In lobby of motel.

    • Day7

      Day 5 : Roswell that Ends Well (+ Mark)

      June 2, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Yes, today there are pictures ; our shutters-fingers no-longer shuddering from the after-effects of the 'Albequerque Incident' and each of us in a far more photogenic state, Day 5 has been thoroughly captured in static-snap form.

      Brief aside; there has been disquiet that there has been insufficient 'Mark' mentions in these blog posts. For those worried, he has been with us every step of the way, driving much of it and keeping us entertained with random but relevant pop culture quotes. Attached to this post are some bonus 'Mark' shots for your consideration and approval.

      Luke skipped breakfast today in favour of some additional shut-eye. We were all shocked I tell you...shocked. Myself, Woody and MARK went down to the 'breakfast room', formerly the 'Chinese takeaway room', and had a breakfast that hadn't been cooked in grease, sprayed with grease then served on a bed of grease. After sensible cereal, Woody and I decided it would be rude not to have a go with the waffle-maker, so we shared the experience and the product. MARK didn't have one, but watched us eat ours.

      It was Woody's day to be driver, and drive us he did. It is becoming a tradition that whenever Woody takes the wheel, the drive turns out to be a horrible one ; or else whenever there is a horrible drive to be done it is Woody's turn to drive (chicken/egg etc,). Today's drive through the tiny towns of West Texas was abysmal; there was a storm warning in effect but we respectfully ignored this and drove right through it. There was pouring rain, localised flooding and heavy side-winds, making this the most treacherous trip we've yet taken. Woody expertly kept the car under control whilst Luke kept a keen eye out for lake-sized puddles and I navigated us through the styx to Roswell. MARK was in the car too.

      At isolated moments when it wasn't raining we stopped for pictures with the big texan (there's probably a history to it, but I haven't looked it up) and at a town called 'Happy', that looked like one of the most miserable places on earth.

      We reached Roswell, New Mexico in mid-afternoon and went for some authentic Mexican food made and served by some authentic Mexicans. I had a burrito, Woody tacos, Luke chilli and MARK enchiladas. It was fine, though the experience was mildly tempered in my opinion as we somehow selected the one establishment on the Roswell Main Street that had in no way embraced what the town is so famous for; it's aesthetic simply Mexican. They still had Cinquo de Mayo decorations up almost a month after the day itself, suggesting that it's either traditional to keep them up for a while following May 5th or that the owners were simply too (REDACTED) to take them down.

      To explain, you know you are entering Roswell when you begin to see little green men EVERYWHERE. Virtually every business establishment has themed their enterprise around the idea of aliens having visited/died-horribly-in-a-crash there in 1947. Be they peddlers of sushi, opticians or tax attorneys, all signage either contains terms such as 'galactic', has pictures of spaceships on them, is accompanied by a human-sized fibreglass alien or, most commonly, all three. (see picture of MARK attached).

      After lunch we visited the International UFO Museum and Research Centre, where we were able to peruse a notably balanced account of what might have happened in July 1947, alongside pictures and recreations of the various 'evidence' for and against the 'alien' thesis. The weirdest aspect of this was the revelation that the 'crash' actually happened nowhere really near Roswell, and the incident is seemingly so named as Roswell is where the debris/alien-bodies were taken afterwards. In fact, the crash-site is almost as close to Albequerque as it is to Roswell, a place now famous for its own incident where the facts are disputed and the truth will never be known.

      After the museum we went to the 'Spacewalk' experience round the corner. It was basically someone's back-room painted black with a few bads of luminous paint and a black-light, but what can you expect for two bucks? (answer: way, way more).

      After wandering around the various gift shops selling alien crap and not buying anything (it being crap), we got back in the car and drove south to Carlsbad, where we plan to visit some caverns the next day (today, in around ten minutes as I'm writing this, MARK having just knocked on my door to request we get a move on). We went for an amazing meal at a Bar-B-Q place (see picture); probably the best food we've had since being here (stacks of meat with sides), then for a few drinks at a nearby Best Western hotel; the pricier neighbour to the budget 'Carlsbad Inn' we'd booked for the night.
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    • Day9

      Big Bend NP nach Carlsbad

      June 29, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Heute ging es zurück in die Zivilisation 😊🌵. Der Big Bend NP ist ja sehr weit abseits aller Tourismus Strecken, genauso lange dauert es bis wir wieder zurück in bewohnte Gebiete gekommen sind. Wir haben noch einen kurzen Fotostop in Terlingua Oldtown gemacht, dann ging es los.

      Die heutige Tagestour bringt uns nach Carlsbad wo wir morgen eine riesige Tropfsteinhöhle anschauen. Es sind etwa 500 KM / 7,5 h Fahrzeit.

      Die ersten 300 KM führten durch herrliche Naturlandschaften, mit phantastischen Panoramablicken. Es kamen gerade mal zwei Orte auf dieser Strecke und fast keine weiteren Autos. Eine herrliche Cabrio Tour.

      Einer der Orte ist Fort Davis. Dort haben wir einen kurzen Stop eingelegt. Fort Davis ist ein National Monument. Im 18.Jahrhundert war es eine riesige Kaserne. Die Gebäude sind teilweise sehr aufwendig restauriert oder als Ruine erhalten. Man kann die Soldatenunterkünfte, ein Krankenhaus und die Offiziers Unterkünfte besichtigen. Mit unserem Annual Pass hatten wir freien Eintritt.

      Die letzten 200 KM waren dann sehr langweilig. Der Highway führte mitten durch ein riesiges Erdöl Abbaugebiet. Wahnsinn was der Mensch der Natur hier abverlangt. Es ist eine sehr schroffe flache Landschaft mit karger Vegetation. Über diese einzige Straße fahren nur Pickups und schwere LKW. Wir waren gefühlt der einzige PKW.

      Hier hat der Denver Clan und J.R. Ewings aus den TV Serien der 80er Jahre die Öl Millionen verdient.
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    • Day10


      February 8, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

      All we did today was drive up to Carlsbad and see the Carlsbad Caverns. It was about a three and a half hour walk through the cavern. Cost about $10/person but worth the price. We decided to buy a park pass for $80 and they took off the price of our Grand Canyon ticket. Now any national park is free. I think we'll get our money's worth out of the pass. If you go to the caverns, don't bring a coat. It's in the mid 50's inside but you're walking up and down so much that you are plenty warm.Read more

      Miss you guys!!

    • Oct23

      Pampering ourselves in Carlsbad

      October 23, 2020 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 46 °F

      We stayed on schedule today, shockingly, and made it into Carlsbad at a decent hour. I was able to score us an upgrade to a 2 bedroom/2 bath suite and we celebrated with an evening of sloth-like behavior and yummy take-out BBQ.

      Tomorrow, we're off early to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. So excited for this park! After that, we sadly must say goodbye to New Mexico and go check out Texas. We have the Alamo in our sights but our itineraries tend to be somewhat fluid. Any bets on where we'll end up tomorrow?

      Here are a couple of pics from the...yep... scenic byway route to Carlsbad. Who needs Interstates to cross the country?!
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