Grants,NM overnight

With no pie available for four days, and the temperature warming again the call of the north beckoned. Also Dog needed Pepto and food, both of which were triple the price at the local camping grocery stores, even the ‘large’ one in Reserve. So north to the Uncle’s parking for an supply stop.

It was a pleasant night, shopping and a movie. A second movie was started, but a glance at the watch revealed that it was already 10:45, too late. Tomorrow northward.

Grants is, well, Grants. I am sure that the locals love it. And they are probably proud of their new Walmart. I was.

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A quick pie

Pie called. The Pie-o-neer is within a dog’s walk. A snack and a pie were before closing for the next three days. Tomorrow points north beckon.

Kathy was hiding with back turned, until I threatened to post a picture of her “better side.”

Kathy in the kitchen

To my surprise, Megan was still working at the cafe after a year. I guess she is a cowgirl at heart after all, a cowgirl from the east!

Megan, Joe and Kathy. Stan the Bass Man was elsewhere taking care of chores.

I think I have figured out why I like the Pie-o-neer Cafe. When I look back into prior lives, especially my snow skiing days, I remember friendly, carefree ski lodges, restaurants and sometimes bars empty of customers except for our group because we were the only ones to concur the travel in the snow. Impromptu singins, the emergence of instruments locally and players from our group, persons that no one realized were players. Loud renditions of Alice’s Restaurant sometimes erupted.

Megan and Joe

A fond adieu  to the Pie-o-neer until Spring 2011. Kathy, Stan, Megan, you had better still be here! I’ll be looking for my slice of Very Berry a la mode. Joe, your songs were most enjoyable! Thanks.

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Alice’s Restaurant redux

Picture a scooter. Now add four garbage bags hanging from the scooter.

The community garbage collection site has a new addition since last year. A fence. So on a Sunday there is no way to approach the bins, locked behind a fence except on certain hours MWF. The garbage collections center has gone modern. Government controls have been added. Another unnecessary compromise of the people’s access to facilities that the people pay for. Government. Bureaucracy. Czars. Control.

What does this have to do with Alice’s Restaurant? Surely you remember Arlo Guthrie’s hit of the 70’s. The garbage. The fifteen foot cliff. Officer Obie. The jail.

The garbage continued on the ride to Reserve for Pepto that would be useful not only for the Dog by the time this ordeal was over. An inquiry at Ella’s Restaurant revealed that sometimes the proprietor could not comply with the Czar’s idea of the best time of day to rid oneself of their garbage. She put it over the fence, which would be a clear violation of Officer Obie’s interpretation of the law.

The ride not being completed, a search ensued on Highway 180 for a roadside barrel. But alas, the Czar has ordered the barrels removed to save enough money to cover the salary requirements of the local Trash Bureaucracy. . In short order the cleanest byways in the West are soon to look like those in Arizona.

A failure to locate an appropriate fifteen foot cliff for disposal resulted in executing a breach of the not-over-the-fence rule. No doubt there is something with a name in the garbage bags, so a visit from officer Obie is imminent.

Government. Bureaucracy. Czars. Control. Hello jail.

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Pie Town day trip

Pie Town was next on the itinerary, but a visit today on the scooter convinced me that though slightly cooler than Apache Creek, it is still too warm to camp on the speculation of cooler weather to come. The Pie-o-neer Cafe (aka Kathy’s Pie Shop, sorry, Stan), was closed. It is, as usual, open about half the days, alternating with ‘the other pie shop’, The Daily Pie.

So with the Pie-o-neer being closed, lunch a la pie was had at The Daily Pie. The heat is high, the traffic sparse and the settlement is acting accordingly. And so must I. So the free park at Pie Town will be bypassed on a search for cooler camping.

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Apache Creek, NM

Apache Creek is a comfortable one day drive. Apache Creek is a CCC camp ground that is free. It is flat, adequately populated by large and tall trees to provide selective shading. Today it is mostly vacant, probably due to the heat wave.

Unfortunately the heat that triggered a quick and unprepared departure extends this far north. A planned stop of about one week is to be truncated to a stay of two nights. So a quest for cooler weather will proceed northward tomorrow AM

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