I saw a whole lot of grain silos and depressing feedlots. Shot a lot of gas stations and theatres. Not quite as hot as yesterday. But it felt very dry and my eyes and throat are killing me. This is how I felt last year in this area when there were brush fires. But no brush fires around here that I know of. The grass is noticeably crunchy and I’ve seen a few cactus. So I’m keeping the dogs to manicured green grass which I seem to have great luck at finding. Those sand spurs are nasty and I really don’t want to encounter any rattlesnakes.
Sparkle gave me some anxiety this morning — well, technically, all day. She started up just fine this morning — but then after filling up at the gas station. It took three cranks to start her. That’s never happened before. Always fires right up. So, since it’s Sunday, I decided not to turn her off til the end of the day — no point in getting stuck somewhere and wasting a day’s shooting. Might as well be stuck near a mechanic on a Monday. But tonight — I turned her on and off a few times. No trouble starting at all. After running solidly for about 12 hours. Guess we’ll see tomorrow after sitting for the night. Maybe it was just a fluke? If all seems fine in the morning, I’ll still be cautious where I turn the engine off — and probably not often til I regain my confidence. I also noticed that Sparkle seemed quieter than usual all day. Usually when she’s in park or waiting at lights, in all the years I’ve had her, she idles with a pretty aggressive rev. But today, not so much. In fact, at lights, it almost seemed like I had stalled out she was so quiet. So, I can only guess that there’s a connection between the quiet idle and the starting up. But maybe not. What’s a roadtrip without some stress, right?
On with the pictures. It seemed like I was driving huge distances without taking many photos. Mostly tiny towns with just a couple of photos. But I guess I did just fine. Same quantity as a normal day. I think that blessed speed limit of 70 — which means 80 — really helps cover ground. And no city traffic and stop lights holding me back.
The day started in Amarillo — so let’s start with this former Burger Chef — a rare example of the long canopy and the “kite” rooftop sign:
I don’t know what these A-frame buildings were used for originally — but I saw two of them in Amarillo and I think another one in Plainview:
Some bad news — sometime between last April —
and today — they painted over this sign. Dammit!
Moving on to Plainview — there’s something fun and sad at the same time what’s happened to this store. All that tacky turquoise…
One of my favorites from today — a radiator shaped sign:
Obviously, the Nu-Griddle part is new. A cheap way to create a sign while unintentionally preserving the old one. We need more of these less ambitious owners:
These cow statues in town are part of one of those community art project things with different businesses adding their unique paint jobs. I love this blue Domino’s cow:
On to Muleshoe — a really sad, closed theatre:
I have a tradition of including at least one neon parking sign per trip. Finally found one! This one is from Lubbock:
A bowling alley turned antiques center:
And lastly for the night. A house in Ransom Canyon — basically across the street from the Steel House (see tonight’s Flickr photos). I find some other photos of it on-line tonight — with some people referring to it as the Mosaic House — but I don’t know if that’s the real name. I can’t find any info about the place with my last trickle of energy right now:
OK — truly trashed now — gotta sleep. Sorry if I’m less coherent than usual. Tomorrow, moving southward in TX. Would love to move on to NM by Thursday and be on schedule.