We were shooting for Santa Fe New Mexico for New Years eve and maybe look up Tim, a new friend I met at the Horizons unlimited motorcycle event in Creel Mexico. Our goal is not to do any driving after dark and enjoy being on the road as much as possible. Our first night on the road we stayed in Iowa Falls, Iowa, nothing to report. On our second night we made it to Wichita, KS. Heidi & I took a cheap room at the motel 6.
After getting settled we wandered across the street to a fancy hotel in search of a bar. At the bar I ordered a couple of cocktails then tried to pay. The bartender said I need to get some drink tickets at the front desk (The bar is for hotel guests only and drinks are free). I worked in the resort hotel business all through high school and college so I know the ropes, go with the flow and act like you own the place and nobody will notice. It’s not that I’m too cheap to pay for our drinks but the bartender wouldn’t take any money and to me this is fun! We stood in the bar drinking our drinks then met a couple from Austin, TX, Heidi & Dale. Fun, fun people, we had a lively conversation and received and invitation for a New Years eve party and a place to stay in Austin, unreal! The four of us walked to a restaurant next door to have some food. Before we knew it we had a group of about eleven people. Four others I made some small talk with at the hotel bar while I was waiting for the bartender to make more drinks and the others I think owned the restaurant. Man we lit that place up! It was like we were all best friends that haven’t seen each other for a long time. One of the guys had some unreal stories that I could fill pages with. Super fun, what a way to start our trip, big social adventure.
Well, Austin was out of our way so we had to decline their offer. We had numerous other offers for places to stay from people I met at the horizonsunlimited.com motorcycle event in Creel Mexico. I can’t get over how warm and friendly people you meet on the road can be.
When we drove into New Mexico and looked north at the snow covered mountains I turned to Heidi and said “do we really want to go up into the snow again?” We instantly changed our plans and decided to look for a new destination for New Years further south. We made it to Alamogordo, NM where we stayed at a nice little cheap motel for two days. We had a list of things we still needed to get and do, so it was nice to chill a bit and take care of business.
Next we drove to Tucson, AZ. I still needed to get new tires and a battery for the jeep. One night in Tucson, we got 4 Mud Terrain tires put on, a new 96 month battery and oil change, sweet! We planned to cross the border at Mexicali Mexico so Yuma AZ looked liked a good place to stage and take care of last minute things.
At the motel in Yuma I plugged the laptop into the phone jack and clicked on NetZero. Sweet, it fired up even though I don’t have an account with them any more, thanks NetZero! It was fun emailing all my friends with an update on our trip and the link to our new web site, http://www.justadventuretravel.net .
mexico jeep adventure 2005