Saturday 10/13: Erick, Oklahoma - Albuquerque, New Mexico (HOME!) I arose this morning with unusual enthusiasm...I was gonna get HOME today! Been lookin' forward to this day for a while. Before I start on "today" there was actually kind of a pretty sunset last night...whaddya think? Gloomy Weather Till the End... Like I said, being near the edge of the time zone meant the sun didn't rise until rather late. When I walked out to the bike the first time I saw STARS!! It couldn't be clear, could it? Uh, noo...I snapped a pic of I-40...socked in as usual. It wasn't too cold, but I could smell rain in the air. For a brief moment a little later I caught a glimpse (just a glimpse, mind you) of actual blue sky: The blue sky quickly degenerated in a SCARY patch of FOG...FOG, mind you, in the Texas Panhandle! C'mon, you've gotta be kidding! I slowed way down and didn't hit anything... As I approached the New Mexico border it began to clear up. Now I KNOW the nearest "mountain" range is hundreds of miles away; nevertheless this cloud bank looked EXACTLY like a fairly high mountain range. The pic doesn't really show it, but... (BTW, I was unimpressed as usual by the Texas motto: "Drive Friendly--the Texas Way! Don't they know "Friendly" is an adjective, and this phrase is ungrammatical!? Sheesh. And we expect our young people to learn grammar correct. New Mexico (and BLUE SKY!!) As I entered New Mexico the skies were a welcome blue... ...uh, and the wind was a welcoming W blast at about 30 mph (typical on the Eastern NM and West TX plains). Remember the old saying: "...the only thing between Amarillo and the North Pole is a barbed wire fence?" It kinda felt like that today. But it was OK...I was headed HOME! Dr. Greg & Milledue Safely Home... So here we are: I know that "modern" engines are pretty tight, but it always amazes me that the Testastretta 1198 uses absolutely NO oil. I had the 22,500-mile service done just before I left, and here's the oil level after 5,041 more miles (the length of this trip): Didn't use a drop! In conclusion, I'll be brief (I've "typed" a lot over the last 3 weeks, and I'm kinda beat). The thing I remember most about this trip is the PEOPLE I stayed with (you know who you are!) They were all WONDERFUL and I thank you again. I'll be home for just a week, then the Dr. Greg Family (along with 3rd son Mark and new wife Zoe) are off to Pagosa Springs, Colorado for a week at a resort (might hook up for dinner with inmate Gale B.T. while there). Anyway, "bye" for now. Hope you enjoyed the trip...I sure did. Cheers, --Doc PS. Gotta go to the UNM library next week and re-check out "Battle Cry of Freedom" by James McPherson...best Civil War book I've read. The trilogies (Catton & Foote) are too much for me. Now that I've seen some of the country I'll enjoy re-reading BCoF.