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Bobw

Diamond
Joined
Feb 8, 2005
Location
Hatch, NM Chile capital of the WORLD
Is the wind blowing all of the white sand away or what's happening to it? Mining?

We took an Alaskan cruise about 10 years ago that included a glacier sighting. They cruised the ship up into a canyon and about the time we could see the glacier they turned it around and we were off. They probably have a lot of ships going in and out of there and it's one at a time please. I have a feeling that it may not be much longer and you won't see any glaciers from ships so I'm glad that we at least got to see one.

I was just looking at various routes from Deming to Michigan and those areas are pretty much right on the way to I-40 so we may check it out this year yet. How are the roads for towing a 7 ton fifth wheel? Are the locals going to hate me if I can't race through the mountains?

Not White Sands.. Elephant Butte.

The sand is all still there, I even saw some of it last Friday.. "Tourist Hack", if you want some white sand,
you can NOT take any from White Sands, they don't even sell it in the gift store, however just to the West of
the monument there is a pull off where the white sands spill out onto the highway, and you can grab some
there without getting arrested.

Easiest way out of here. Take 10 to 70.. 70 goes through Cruces, and its a pain in the ass, so keep heading
out 10, then go north on 25, exit 6 is for rte 70, takes the same amount of time, but adds a few miles.
Go up over the pass, and in about 45 minutes you will be at White Sands monument, its right after the checkpoint.

Then, take the bypass around Alamogordo, and follow 54. North to Santa Rosa.. You can take 70 out to 60, going
through Ruidoso, Roswell, and Clovis. But its a BORING ride, and you have to go through a bunch of towns with
a bunch of lights. Its also a pretty big climb up to Ruidoso, but its 2 lanes each way, so not that big of deal,
but it does get steep.

North on 54 is EASY driving and you can haul ass. 54 up that way is almost all brand new, mostly flat.
No big hills.. Elevation does get up there though. 6600 feet or so, but there are no real big hills, its gradual.
Once you leave Alamogordo, its 2 stop signs, one in Carizozo, and one in Vaughn(take a right), and you'll be on 40.. You also have to take a left in Vaughn, after the second gas station.

After leaving Vaughn, I like to take the left onto 219 towards Las Vegas, its a straight shot to 40 no lights, no traffic, no stop signs, whereas if you keep on 54 into Santa Rosa, you have to go through town, slow down, go through stop lights etc.

OKC and Tulsa, I don't take the bypasses, it seems to take FOREVER and there is a ton of tolls.
And as you coming out of Tulsa, you have to take an exit to stay on 44. I missed that last time
and ended up in the middle of nowhere.

In St Louis I like to take 270 to 252 to get around the city. That takes you up onto 70 or 55
and you're almost home.

You probably already know most of that, but its fresh in my head since I just did it again coming
back from the East coast.
 

Ox

Diamond
Joined
Aug 27, 2002
Location
West Unity, Ohio
"Check Point"?

What kind of checkpoint doo we have in the States - other than checking your passport for going in / out of Alabama of course.... ???


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Bobw

Diamond
Joined
Feb 8, 2005
Location
Hatch, NM Chile capital of the WORLD
"Check Point"?

What kind of checkpoint doo we have in the States - other than checking your passport for going in / out of Alabama of course.... ???


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Ox

Border Patrol checkpoint. I have one on the way to the shop also.

Everymorning, I leave New Mexico USA and drive north, staying in New Mexico USA, and
I have to stop at a Government Checkpoint and state my citizen ship. They have facial
recognition cameras and everything.. Once in a while they get a wild hair up their ass
and start asking a bunch of stupid questions. Like, where are you are going? The answer
is either "That a way".. or "Thats none of your G-damn business"..

Occasionally its "Can I search your trunk?". The answer is always NO..

Sometimes they have dogs that sniff your car..

They used to be manned by complete imbeciles, but over the years it seems they have gotten better
training, and the cameras have streamlined it a little bit.. I used to get in arguments with them
about once a week, not its not even once a year.

The last time they gave me a small problem was quite a while ago, I pulled in, and the Border
Patrol agent asked me where I was coming from. So I hung out my window and pointed backwards and
said "I'm coming from That Way", and then yelled "YOU JUST SAW ME PULL IN!!!!"...

And he pointed north and said "Let me guess, and you're going That Way"..

So I said, "Hey, You're pretty F'n Smart"..

In the past when they weren't so well trained, this is when the fun would start, vehicle surrounded,
lots of yelling "NO.. I am not pulling over to 'secondary', I'm F'n leaving".. Etc...

But this guy was nice and told me "Get the F' out of here".. "Thank You", and then as I was
pulling away he yelled "ASSHOLE"..

Good Times. You can get away with a lot more in New Mexico than you can in Arizon, Texas or Cali,
Border Patrol isn't deputized here, so they can't enforce any state or local laws. So the few times
Yosemite Sam has asked me for my license and registration and insurance, I simply say back.
"Nope, That's a state issue".

All kinds of fun.. There are a ton of videos on Youtube. Most of them are people looking for confrontation
to make a video. 99% of the time, when they ask "US citizen", you just say 'Yes' and you are on your way,
I don't get cranky until they start asking things that are none of their business. Which I guess takes
me back to the training aspect, they used to ask intrusive questions to see how nervous you were, now
they are better at asking stupid questions that aren't so intrusive. "Cool little car, what kind of mileage
does it get" is one I was asked recently.. I don't mind that so much.
 

Big B

Diamond
Joined
Jun 26, 2009
Location
Michigan, USA
"Check Point"?

What kind of checkpoint doo we have in the States - other than checking your passport for going in / out of Alabama of course.... ???


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Ox

Also "agricultural" checkpoints. There's one near Needles California and some border ones like the one we went through today between Columbus and Deming, NM. But I've got blue eyes so I just get waved through most of the time.
 

Bobw

Diamond
Joined
Feb 8, 2005
Location
Hatch, NM Chile capital of the WORLD
Also "agricultural" checkpoints. There's one near Needles California and some border ones like the one we went through today between Columbus and Deming, NM. But I've got blue eyes so I just get waved through most of the time.

They wave almost everybody through now, if they are even open.. Sometimes there is nobody in the shack,
and people would just sit there.. Its a STOP sign, you STOPPED.. Now GO!!!!!! They finally painted
the back of the stop sign green, and painted GO on it in big white letters.

The facial recognition cameras they have now, they already know who you are when you pull up. For a while
they had a little devise on their belt with red yellow and green LEDs on it, now they just look in the
shack at the computer screen.

The checkpoints also aren't staffed like they used to be.. Used to be there was 20-40 BP agents
at one checkpoint, and they would all just be wandering around shooting the shit, and one guy working
the shack. There also used to be a ton of Border Patrol well away from the border, you would see them
constantly, one day there were 14 BP vehicles at the BBQ place down the street here at once.

They would try sitting in my driveway here and I'd tell them to get off my property.. State cops can
sit there all they want.. Sheriffs, no problem, Hatch cops are cool.. Even the DOT guys before they
became state cops.. No problem.. Even had Metro Narcotics do a stake out watching a house across the
street..

I have no love for Border Patrol.. At least when they aren't on the Border.
 

Plane Parts

Aluminum
Joined
Apr 21, 2019
Burnout. A vicious thing for we self employed. i have been there. First thing I recommend is to just sit back, meditate or pray, and just extract yourself from everything. Are you able to take a couple weeks off and leave the business to a trusted employee or just shut it down entirely? Call your customers and tell them you need a break. They will understand. Go learn to sail or take a cooking course in Greece (yep, I did those) and do something completely out of your experience. Are you a church going man? Maybe you can find a mentor or two who have been exactly where you are that can give you support and friendship. We can't control what our c#nt politicians do to us but we can control our reactions. I wish you the very best.
 

winger

Stainless
Joined
Dec 28, 2005
Location
portage county, wisconsin
A few years ago we were in Tuscon visiting friends. Went for a motorcycle ride and had to go through a check point well inside Arizona. Being from Wisconsin, it felt just wrong to have to show my id. Made up my mind, I am not going to be a snowbird.

Dave
 

doug925

Titanium
Joined
Nov 21, 2002
Location
Houston
Burnout. A vicious thing for we self employed. i have been there. First thing I recommend is to just sit back, meditate or pray, and just extract yourself from everything. Are you able to take a couple weeks off and leave the business to a trusted employee or just shut it down entirely? Call your customers and tell them you need a break. They will understand. Go learn to sail or take a cooking course in Greece (yep, I did those) and do something completely out of your experience. Are you a church going man? Maybe you can find a mentor or two who have been exactly where you are that can give you support and friendship. We can't control what our c#nt politicians do to us but we can control our reactions. I wish you the very best.
I did exactly that. Two weeks recharge did wonders for my attitude and mental stability.

Of course, after 2 months back, I am already 'a race car in the Mother F^*@%@! 'en RED' [Pulp Fiction, Tarantino, 1994]

I spend 1-2 hours a night pushing myself on my bicycle just to get rid of negativity. Most times that works.... LOL

Doug.
 

cmccull166

Hot Rolled
Joined
Mar 29, 2013
Location
NW Pa
A few years ago we were in Tuscon visiting friends. Went for a motorcycle ride and had to go through a check point well inside Arizona. Being from Wisconsin, it felt just wrong to have to show my id. Made up my mind, I am not going to be a snowbird.

Dave
Sounds like you went to Tombstone.
They held me and the wife at the check station for an hour and searched my vehicle twice....Funny I had 12 quarts of barbecue
sauce from a friend who lives there ...they didnt open any???

And when they handed my CCW back gun in one hand bullets in the other and
Told me not to reload it till I was outta there...Good times
 
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Ox

Diamond
Joined
Aug 27, 2002
Location
West Unity, Ohio
Hi mate, how are you feeling? It'd be nice to have an update. (business owner here too).


Hey, don't git off the couch!
Here, I'll fetch the reply from a week ago and 3 doors up for you:
:bowdown:

I did exactly that. Two weeks recharge did wonders for my attitude and mental stability.

Of course, after 2 months back, I am already 'a race car in the Mother F^*@%@! 'en RED' [Pulp Fiction, Tarantino, 1994]

I spend 1-2 hours a night pushing myself on my bicycle just to get rid of negativity. Most times that works.... LOL

Doug.



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