On our first day heading out to New Mexico we took a different route than we normally do, we headed out across the desert rather than down 10 through Phoenix, there were a lot of miles of nothing that was actually rather interesting, we did see a tennis shoe tree followed by one growing socks, I am not sure what this is all about but it did catch our eyes long enough for us to pause for a picture.
|Tennis Shoe Tree-Amboy, CA|
|Peeking Inside Closed Cafe|
Me: What are you doing?
Shell Guy: I heard a noise when you backed up.
Me: What kind of noise?
Shell Guy: A loud clunk.
Me: Really, I was inside the van and didn’t hear a thing.
Shell Guy: It’s your shock, look under here it’s completely collapsed.
Me: OK if it’s collapsed then why is the shock still working? (I grabbed the wheel well and lifted the van a bit to bounce it to which it stopped just as it should)
Shell Guy: See look at how it bounced you need new shocks, I can see where your spring has been hitting the axle.
Me: You know how old my shocks are?
Shell Guy: Can’t tell by looking at them so there is no telling.
Me: Just had them installed less than three thousand miles ago, they are brand new and working properly.
Shell Guy: Well they must have only put standard shocks on it when they should have put heavy duty; look at how the back is squatting under the load you are carrying.
Me: Heavy-duty shocks? It’s a mini van for God’s sake and that heavy load is my suitcase, I will give my mechanic your recommendation OK.
I think this must have insulted him because he walked away and never spoke to me again, I suppose you really cant trust a guy in shorts and flip flops with a Shell shirt as his only credentials to know everything about shocks and mini van weight limits in the middle of the desert, but I do wonder how many service jobs he sells to people who are easily spooked into thinking they just may break down before they reach the next town?
Have you ever run into any dinosaurs along the way? I mean real dinosaurs like really big ones with teeth bigger than the new shocks I just put on the van, OK enough about the shocks!! There is a stretch of the road with dinosaurs we have seen a few times in the past and we actually stopped to visit them this time but when I took out the camera they became camera shy or either Dixie barking scared them off, Yes I know they were not real but the experience of getting out and laughing for a while was.
|Dinosaurs On I-40|
The even funnier thing here is that we were now on the back side of the parking lot of the motel we passed when we first got off the interstate, we watched and waved at several other people who were doing the same thing we had just done, they sheepishly waved back and made their u-turns and headed back to town, I am sure this little town had a whole lot to offer but my first impression said it was time to get back on the road, we got into the van, crossed the parking lot, made a left hand turn and were back on the interstate before the others had even gotten back to the main road.
|Rainbow On The Way Home|