Archive for the ‘Road Trip May 2006’ Category

We’re here!

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

So ends CamryCast 2006. Check back in August for CamryCast Reloaded! :)

Back in the Valley

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

We’re officially in the Phoenix Valley, on the 101 in Mesa, heading toward the 60, which will take us to Gold Canyon. Woohoo!

Here’s the official Brendan & Becky Road Trip Photo for this, our seventh cross-country (or, um, cross-a-significant-part-of-the-country) road trip:

The pic was taken at a rest stop in Winona, AZ… not a particularly scenic view, but I knew it was going to be our last stop, and I wanted to get a picture of the two of us, since we have at least one such photo from each of our previous road trips. :)

And here’s a really cool photo which makes me wonder whether, when J.R.R. Tolkien wrote “The Road Goes Ever On and On,” he was thinking about I-40 in New Mexico:

:) Pretty cool, eh?

Ridiculously cute animal photo of the day #3 (with all three cats!)

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Ridiculously cute animal photo of the day #2

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Ridiculously cute animal photo of the day #1

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Quoth the truckers, “Nevermore”

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

We’re back!

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

During the nearly six hours that I was driving, CamryCast was — I now learn — entirely offline. Sorry about that!

CamryCam is back online now, but the GPS tracking map is sadly unavailable, as my Dell has gone completely haywire. There are numerous error messages on the screen — I mean like dozens. I’m not sure whether to blame Bill Gates or Michael Dell, but either way, I’m quite certain it is some rich white guy’s fault. :) Oh, well. It was nice while it lasted. Just wait until “CamryCast Reloaded” in August… I’ll get this GPS webcast idea working if it’s the last thing I do! (And it may very well be, considering how annoyed Becky has been with my constant CamryCast tinkering over the last few days… hehe.)

Anyway, since I can’t show you where we are, I’ll tell you: we just left Winona, Arizona, where we stopped for gas, and now we’re approaching Flagstaff.

UPDATE, 8:23 PM EDT (5:23 PM MST): 122 miles to Phoenix!

Moblog photo post

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

I am now having some serious connectivity issues. Looks like the Sprint PCS bandwidth police are fed up. Whether this means CamryCast is offline for good, or just temporarily, remains to be seen. In other news, we entered New Mexico at 11:34am EDT.

UPDATE: I’m back online, for now. I’ve reduced the update frequency on both CamryCam and the GPS tracker to every 10 minutes, instead of every 5 minutes. Hopefully that will help, and Sprint won’t cut me off again. But if you notice that CamryCast hasn’t been updated in a while, it’ll most likely be Sprint’s fault. And because I’m going to be taking over the driving in a little while, I won’t be able to reconnect next time. But hopefully there won’t be a next time. We’ll see.

Isn’t that a bit redundant?

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

A little while ago, as Briandot noticed, we passed through Bushland, Texas:

And here I thought all of Texas was “Bushland.” :)

Becky resumed her normal speed-demon activities once we left the Sooner state — which apparently means “we’ll pull you over ‘sooner’ than they would in most states” — and we haven’t stopped since leaving Oklahoma City this morning, so we’re flying through the Texas panhandle. We’ll be in New Mexico in 15 minutes or so. We may stop to get gas, get lunch, use the facilities, walk the dog, and switch drivers in Tucumcari, NM.

Storms a brewin’

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

As you can see if you’re watching the webcast, there are some bitchin’ clouds overhead here in the Texas panhandle. Nothing much on radar, but it definitely looks turbulent up there.

UPDATE: Here’s a look at what I was talking about:

That was taken with my actual digital camera, not the CamryCam. But the CamryCam got some decent pictures, too, which I’ll try to get onto the highlights page soon.

After the jump, more photos of the crazy clouds.


Tuck Fexas

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

We just entered Texas.

There’s nothing like leaving Oklahoma and entering Texas to remind you of the highpoint, and lowpoint, of USC football in the last two years…

Anyway, I summarily shook my fist at Texas (with my left hand, thus facing south, in the general direction of UT) upon entering the state. Now that that’s out of my system, I can be nice to Texas again. :)

We fought the law, and the law let us win

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

I mentioned yesterday that Becky is a dirty rotten speeder… well, she just got pulled over!

The cop let us off with a warning, but this means we won’t be making quite as good time through the rest of Oklahoma… :)

P.S. Good thing neither of us is wearing any USC clothing. If he’d known that we’re Trojans, we might have gotten a ticket. Hehe.

P.P.S. We were in a 70 mph zone. The cop asked Becky how fast she thought she was going; she guessed 78. The cop said he clocked her at 76, and decided not to give her a ticket because “I appreciate your honesty.” (Er, and maybe because 76 isn’t really that much faster than 70??)

P.P.P.S. Although the cop seemed to like Becky, he definitely did not like me very much. First, when he was asking where we’re going, why we’re going to Phoenix, etc., he got all pissy with me because I answered one or two of the questions, and “I’m talking to her.” At which point I happily shut up, but he seemed unduly annoyed, given that I was just trying to help, and he was on my side of the car anyway so it seemed only natural for me to participate in the conversation. (Becky thinks he didn’t peg us as a married couple, which may be true, considering we are often told by people who don’t know us that we look to be about 12 years old. Although, the three cats and a dog in the back seat should be a hint that we’re rather, uh, domestic.)

He also seemed rather spooked by the webcam. He asked me what I was doing when I was adjusting it while Becky was signing the ticket, and when I explained exactly what I was doing, he seemed unsatisfied with my answer, said “I know what you’re doing” (which, first of all, seems unlikely — how often does he pull over a car with a mobile webcast? — and second of all, implies that I wasn’t being honest in my answer), and asked me to turn it off. I complied… then promptly turned it back on as soon as we had pulled away. :)

Becky thinks she understands the cop’s apparent hostility toward me: “This is man’s country. Out here, a man’s a man… and you’re sitting in the b*tch seat.” Heh.

The GPS is working!!!

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

WOOHOO!!! :) Check it out at CamryCast 2006.

Sooner rather than later

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

We’ve stopped for the night in Oklahoma City, which is almost halfway between South Bend and Phoenix. Not bad!

As CamryCam‘s picture of a Motel 6 sign suggests, we arrived at 7:30 PM CDT, almost exactly 13 hours after we hit the road. Our one stop — yes, only one — lasted for about an hour, so we were on the road for roughly 12 hours. We drove 843 miles in those 12 hours — and by “we,” I mean Becky, who drove the whole way. Becky is hardcore. :) She’s also a dirty rotten speeder, as you can tell if you do the math. Hehe.

Becky, being hardcore (and somewhat manic at the moment), actually wanted to keep driving through the night, and try to reach Phoenix in one fell swoop. I vetoed that idea, partly because I’m freakin’ exhausted and wanted to sleep in a bed tonight, and partly because my exhaustion and my gimpy arm are such that I wouldn’t have been able to meaningfully relieve Becky behind the wheel (I could take over for an occasional hour or two tops, if that), and it would be unsafe for Becky to just keep driving and driving for 30 hours or whatever. Besides, the poor animals needed to stretch their legs!

That said, given Becky’s enthusiasm for getting to Arizona as quickly as possible, I wouldn’t be surprised if we make it all the way to Gold Canyon tomorrow. (We can’t move into our apartment until Saturday, so Becky’s parents’ house in Gold Canyon, 40 miles east of Phoenix, is the destination for now.) It’s 971 miles away if we go via Snowflake and Show Low, or 1,058 if we go via Flagstaff (the all-interstate route). That’s even longer than today’s drive, but if we get close, I guarantee you Becky won’t want to stop. I seriously, seriously doubt you’ll be reading a post tomorrow evening about how we stopped at a motel somewhere west of Gallup, NM. If we cross the Arizona border, we’ll go all the way to Gold Canyon. (Kinda like how we ended up driving all the way from South Dakota to New York in one 18-hour day back in 2001, because we were close enough to Buffalo that Becky refused to stop until we’d gotten there.)

I’m going to get up early tomorrow (and by “early” I mean 4:00 instead of 4:30 — did I mention Becky is hardcore?) to try and fix the Dell, so the GPS tracking map will work. No promises, but I’ll do my best. Since tomorrow may mark the unexpectedly early conclusion of CamryCast 2006, it would be nice to get that feature working. :)

And now, to bed. Finally.

P.S. Oh, I almost forgot: the quote of the day…

“Hey, Oklahoma City… that’s where the Oklahoma City Bombing happened, isn’t it?” –Becky

Heh. Yeah, I think that’s right, but tell me again, who is buried in Grant’s Tomb? I always forget… :)


Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Toby, Robbie and Butter this morning, eyeing possible escape routes:

You don’t see Sasha because she’s hanging out inside the cat carrier. She spends most of her time in the car hiding away there, even though the carrier’s door is open. She’s the most skittish traveler by far. Toby routinely roams around the car looking for comfortable napping spots, and Butter is an intrepid explorer, as the CamryCast highlights make clear.

In other news, the car just went over 75,000 miles. And this may be my last update for a while, because rumor has it Becky wants me to take over driving for a while. Personally, I hope we stop for the night pretty soon, but it’s generally pretty hard to convince Becky to stop while the sun is still up. :)