- Friday: I went to Tucumcari and saw dinosaurs!
- Saturday: I went to Roswell and saw aliens!
- Sunday: I went to Carlsbad Caverns and saw a cave that puts Batman's to shame!
And now as you're reading this, I'm on my way back west, today to Lordsburg on the New Mexico/Arizona border. After that it's back to Scottsdale, AZ for at least a couple of weeks. (In the same Extended Stay America, though probably not the same room.) So Grumpy Bulldog Does America is in Operation Shutdown right now. To put it simply, I'm just about broke. It wouldn't be much longer until I'm standing by an onramp with a sign begging for money. That's why I've had to stay at shitty motels the last couple of weeks, except in Colorado Springs.
I could have tried pushing on to Texas or something, but when I was in Scottsdale there was pretty much everything I need: my bank, pharmacy, a decent Chinese buffet restaurant, and a conveniently located Starbucks. Really they just need more Panera Breads. And I did at least get one nibble there, unlike Seattle, which also would be too far away to go back to.
The plan is to try to get a suit and then try to get at least a temp/seasonal job or something to raise some extra money. I really should take a look at freelance writing sites too. Maybe I could get some money that way. I mean my sales on Amazon have been good the last few months, but that only pays out once a month and the payment is for sales from two months ago.
Maybe I should just start a Kickstarter. That worked for that guy wanting to make potato salad.
Anyway, people have asked what I liked the most and I don't really have one set answer. It was cool seeing stuff like Mount Rushmore, the Space Needle, Hoover Dam, the Vegas Strip, the Great Salt Lake, and Carlsbad Caverns. It was great how Michael Offutt and his crew made me feel at home in Salt Lake City. And I liked just driving across America, even if I did get really sick of mountains and bug splattering on my car. So there's a lot of good memories in there, even if it didn't work out like one of those road trip movies.
Of course this doesn't mean the road trip is over forever; it's just on hiatus for right now. At some point I should edit all these posts together into an ebook. Maybe I could give that away as a prize for my Kickstarter campaign!
And in the meantime, I've still got this to work on: