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Team: South
Jacob MacLeod
Friday, August 2
El Paso and Back
Little did I know that I would regret not bringing any of my CD’s today more than any other day on the whole trip. I rolled out of my rocks, I mean, my bed by 6:00, and already getting hot. After hearing about Kevin’s encounter with a centipede in the night, and a brief breakfast, it was my responsibility as “Provider of Logistical Support” to drive Tom, one of our tech guys, to the El Paso airport, about three hours distant. The drive down was pleasant enough, I saw my first and only jackrabbit right by the dairy farm, Tom was smart enough to bring some of his CD’s which we listened to as we chatted about this and that. When we got to the airport, we wished each
other luck and hoped our paths would cross again, Tom presented me with a compass/keyring with his company’s logo on it to say thanks. Then, it was up to me to find a shop to get a couple new tires for our CRV, which stood up to our abuse, or more accurately, Vipul’s abuse from the previous day, quite heroically.

Right as they finished their work and I finished answering their
questions about the trek (No, it’s not a race . . .) The power went out in El Paso. Not the shop where we were, the power went out in EL PASO! So, the credit card Bob had entrusted me with was worthless, but somehow the owner said he could “Make it work” for the reduced sum of Bob’s and my cash, which makes me wonder, “Can they always do that??” I don’t really know how auto shops work, heck I’m not really sure I know how cars or money work, but I just wonder if the people who do understand these things, like our shop owner storied here, can always make my car work for $40 less than he says it will take at the beginning . . . Just some ideas for experimentation, if anyone reading this has any breakthroughs, please keep me, and everyone else
on the planet posted.

That being done I tried to get the heck outta El Paso before I got in
an accident, what with all the traffic lights out- yikes! I began the long,long, long, long drive to our next stop, the Lake Valley Schoolhouse, without any decent music to listen to . . . Since we were trying to save water as much as possible, I stopped at a deserted rest stop to clean myself as best I could from a sink. Of course as soon as I started washing myself, that rest stop became THE place to visit in the Southwest. “Forget the Grand Canyon, honey, we’re going to that little rest stop everyone ignores!!” Oh
well, I scared a few people so much, whether with my appearance or odor, I’ll never know, that they decided they didn’t have to go so bad after all, and that they could probably make it to the next rest stop. I also noticed an appallingly few number of guys wash their hands at this particular rest stop. Maybe they saw the water in my sink and decided they were better off the way they were. . .

At any rate, I found the schoolhouse with little difficulty thanks to
Vipul’s thoughtful forsight: he put up a bandana for me at the correct turn. I was greeted by a bouncing Jessica who informed me most delightedly that Bob said it was OK for us to take showers and isn’t that wonderful??!! Having just spent 30 minutes or more tediously cleaning myself in a somewhat humiliating fashion, I was overwhelmed by the irony of the situation and unable to speak, which was misinterpreted by Jessica as being too happy to speak, so she pulled me into the RV and gave me the instructions on how to
use the shower in the most efficient manner possible. “What the heck,” I thought, “ I won’t have the chance to be this clean for a while.” So I showered again.

We all donned our purple shirts and were taken on a walk around the
abandoned mining town by a local historian who filled our heads with stories and facts about what it had been like there 100 years ago. The building we were staying in was the old schoolhouse, complete with desks and books and other artifacts from the period. After walking around and looking at the mines and buildings, we went back for a community dinner at the schoolhouse.

We heard poems and jokes, stories and songs from some of the talented
ranchers in the area, and had our turn talking about who we were, and what we were there for. It really was a lot of fun to be interacting so intimately with so many nice people who were all so interrested in what we had to say. Our hosts couldn’t have been more helpful or accomodating.

After cleaning up and seeing everyone off, we all turned in, or tried
to. I had some difficulty with the combination of sitting all day, and hearing the snores reverberating throughout the wooden structure, but even I too, fell asleep with the anticipation of another day's adventures.

for Friday, August 2
North South Both




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Team: South
Jacob MacLeod
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Thursday, September 26
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Sunday, September 22
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Sunday, August 18
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Thursday, August 15
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Monday, August 12
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Sunday, August 11
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Thursday, August 8
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Sunday, August 4
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Friday, August 2
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El Paso and Back
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Thursday, August 1
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Wednesday, July 31
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Wednesday, July 31
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Tuesday, July 30
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To the Mexican Border
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Sunday, July 28
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