Thursday, June 21, ’12
1)On The Run Weatherford Bearmobile car wash Fidelity Checking $5.99
2)laundry Weatherford $2.25
3)AT&T black phone minutes Fidelity Checking $54.55
4)McDonalds Arlington lunch $24.87
5)McDonalds exit 1B on 635N strawberry lemonade Fidelity Checking $7.11
6)Loves 4 postcards cash $1.08
7)McDonalds ice cream sundaes and smore pie Fidelity Checking $3.43
8)La Quinta room 125 cash $100.40
9)Chili’s dinner Fidelity Checking $60.11
laundry $1.50
gas cash $30.00
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TOT: $291.29

On The Run Weatherford Juniormobile car wash Kenny $10.00
Circle K gas Kenny $16.66
Endicia monthly fee Kenny $15.95

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Thursday, June 21, ’12
H-91 Sulphur Springs L H 68 L 53 RAIN H H 70 L 60 RAIN M H 79 L 62 RAIN
L-72 C H 96 L 76
Bear update: The Bear says Pirates Are Springing Up All Over The Place. TR says, “I don’t know which Pirate to go after first.” Moose say, “You’re a Pirate yourself, Bear!” Lou says we will have a Pirate War Party. We will serve Pirate War Foods.
We woke up to sun. Will it last? It lasted, and the temperature in Sulphur Springs climbed to 91.
Tucson 105/76 Texarkana 95/72 Brooklyn 96/77
We woke up at 7:30AM. We got dressed and got CP in the lobby. We ate Danish as usual, but this place had small cheese omelettes and ham slices, which the dog and cat gobbled up. We loaded the car. I filled the dog’s water dish using the water fountain, so he had ice water for a change. We checked out of room 112 at 10:25AM and started to follow I-20 around Fort Worth. We stopped at exit 429b at Benbrook. There was a Circle K. Then we stopped for lunch in Arlington at exit 449b. We parked in front of crepe myrtle bushes! You think you’re making progress since we’ve gotten past Fort Worth and we’re already into Arlington. But wait until we get to Dallas. We’ve never gotten around it before without a traffic jam. Then we stopped at exit 449b in Arlington for lunch at McDonalds. The third pit stop was once we got onto the ring road around Dallas, 635N. We stopped at exit 1B, McDonalds, and got more strawberry lemonade. Now we head for the lake, or reservoir. In the 1990’s we never once got past it without a traffic jam. It’s less than 9 miles away. We crossed the Ray Hubbard Bridge for the very first time without incident for the first time ever. But then as soon as we crossed the bridge we run into a delay. Three lanes were going into one. We made the fourth pit stop right after that at a Love’s at exit 70. I bought postcards. We stopped a final time at a McDonalds in Greenville to get ice cream and a smores pie for Kenny. After that it was a straight shot to the final destination for today, Sulphur Springs at exit 125. We checked into room 125. We unpacked and went to dinner at Chilis across the highway. We did 2 for $20.00 two times, with one entree being the takeout ribs for the dog.
Now it’s after lunch and we’re already running into Dallas spaghetti and what looks like the beginning of a traffic jam. Maybe it’s gotten worse in the past 14 years since I last drove through here — not better. Now we’re in Duncanville. Spaghetti abounds. So do lots of lanes of traffic. We’re facing it all armed with our large strawberry lemonades from McDonalds. And now the sign says we’re actually entering Dallas for real. It’s one of my memories from the 1990’s that we can’t go through Dallas without getting stopped by traffic. We seem to do so, but get stopped right after the lake. But still I think it got built up in my memory. Since then we’ve dealt with Los Angeles traffic which is far worse than Dallas’s. It also goes on much longer.
What happened to the big sky? I remember that the big sky ends somewhere around Dallas/Forth Worth. But what turns a big sky into a not so big one? For one thing there are the big, white, puffy clouds overhead. They are now becoming omnipresent. But this can’t be the whole story. After all, the monsoon is beginning in Tucson. There should be more and more clouds there, too. But somehow the clouds in Tucson are more sharply defined against the backdrop of the sky, and the sky is more blue, dark blue. Is it elevation? Lack of general humidity? For here the sky is more washed out. The clouds never quite disappear from the sky. Whereas in Tucson after a rainstorm it turns all blue again.
Also the trees are getting taller and taller as we enter Arlington, the city between Fort Worth and Dallas. Soon the highways will be lined with them. When you look up they will start to limit your view and determine just how far you can see. Of course in Tucson there were no trees, just cactuses.
Another factor, I think, are the mountains. In Tucson and the Southwest and West in General you have lots of flat plains with mountain ranges in the distance. In the Southwest you have sky islands. In the eastern part of Texas you have hills with nothing like a mountains with lots of rocks on it and not lots of trees to serve as a contrast with the sky.
Instead what do we have? Begonias and crepe myrtle, which we just parked in front of at McDonalds at exit 449b in Arlington.
The Dog/Cat Report:

The dog now has a Chinese dragon that we bought last night at Petsmart. It’s about as exotic as the dog finds the scenery. At every rest stop he has grass. He and the cat were spellbound yesterday afternoon watching a maintenance man at the motel cut the grass with a lawn mower. That’s not something the pets see in Tucson. There’s also a smell associated with cutting grass that they find curious.
Practically every morning now the cat gets into his soft-sided carrying case to be taken out to the car. He sleeps in it most of the time at night, too. He prefers it to his bed that we brought from the house. He thinks of that as something he uses only in Tucson. He likes all the insects. This morning I discovered a whole pack of them parading through the bathroom at the La Quinta. We’re back in the South.
Every day I do my blog and post it on Facebook. I also post my journal entry for the day that includes my trip narration, the Bear update, the blog, and the dog and cat report as well as more on www.captiveattheberghof.org, my website page. In addition I post the daily expenses on my website. After that I update the motel information on my desk calendar along with the mileage that we drove that day. Then I’m free to indulge myself on Kindle. Oh yes, and I do have to look at the email and enter everything I spent on my debit card on the appropriate bank register.
When we checked in we found a small magnolia tree in the parking lot! There are also American boxwood, begonias, southern pines, southern magnolias, and crepe mrytle.
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Wednesday, June 20, ’12
1)McDonalds Eastland lunch Fidelity Checking $26.07
2)Amazon.com: Hitler’s Alpine Retreat Fidelity Checking $27.36
3)Dairy Queen exit 386 Fidelity Checking $9.68
4)La Quinta Weatherford room cash $83.40
5)Exxon gas cash $25.00
6)IHOP dinner Fidelity Checking $51.13
7)Petsmart PPP and dog toy Fidelity Checking $43.12
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TOT: $265.76

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Wednesday, June 20, ’12
H-88 Weatherford L H 68 L 56 RAIN M H 80 L 61 T-STORMS
L-72 C H 95 L 73
Bear update: The Bear says Oblarn Sounds Suspicious Party. TR says, “Helmut sounds like a pirate.” Moose say, “You sound more suspicious, Bear!” Lou says we will have a Nazi Pirate Party. We will serve Nazi Pirate Foods.
We woke up to sun. Will it last?
Tucson 105/71 Sulphur Springs 91/72 tomorrow Brooklyn 93/78
We woke up at 7:30AM. We got dressed and went to the CP in the lobby to pick up breakfast and bring it back to the room to eat. We got hot coffee, hot chocolate, hot tea, 3 orange juices, 3 sausages for the dog, and 6 small Danish. These bright side breakfasts have a generic similarity to each other. They all have scrambled eggs but nobody eats them. Even the sausage don’t look like there’s a rush to gobble them up. The rolls and cold cereal are what everybody eats. We left the motel at 10:32AM checking out of room 106. We stopped at the first rest area right outside Abilene. They didn’t have any place to park. Then we got back on 20 and continued down I-20. We decided not to stop in Cisco. It’s another one of those hopeless Texas rest areas with an antiquated Dairy Queen, a Sonic that has seen better days, and a Sabway probably inside a Stripes store. Now we’re looking to stop for lunch at the McDonalds in Eastland in another 9 miles. It promises to be a big place. It advertises truck parking. But really it turned out to have crowded parking just like everything in Texas. There were way too many people around here squeezing into too few facilities. We ate salads and checked our email. Somehow McDonalds seems too sophisticated and fancy for Texas. Gary makes a few cell phone calls. Then we hit the road again. Our A/C blower seems not to be working right. There’s something caught in it. Gary turned it off and on and we were good to go. We stopped at a Dairy Queen for ice cream. At least it looked letter than the one yesterday on the way to Abilene. We drove the rest of the way into Weatherford up to the La Quinta. We arrived at 2:26PM, which is early for this trip. But then we made only three pit stops today. We usually make twice that many or more. We have to wait half an hour to check into room 112. We go to get gas at Exxon next door, then returned to the motel to unload. Later we went to IHOP for dinner and gave Sabaka a bath.
Today is different. I’ve started to use the laptop in the car for the first time. I took it into the McDonalds at lunch. It helps to save time.
We drove on the ring road to get out of Abilene. The entryway to I-20 was poor. There was no dedicated entrance ramp. The on and off ramps were very short and shared. There were no signs marking the interstate until you actually reached the interstate. You had to already know where you were going. I wouldn’t want to do this at night. Somebody ought to force Texas to clean up its act. We’ve seen this sort of thing everywhere in Texas we’ve been so far. P.S. There was a four-way stop at the bottom of a very short exit ramp from I-20.
The Dog/Cat Report:

The Dog at the Dairy Queen: Sabaka loves grass. He hasn’t seen much of it in Tucson where he spends most of his time. There you usually have dirt and gravel, sometimes a tiny patch of much coveted grass. Up to now he’s seen grass primarily on vacation trips to Yosemite, Canada, or Oregon. Suddenly on this trip East he’s seeing more and more of it each day. He was lingering in a big patch of green right outside the Dairy Queen we just stopped at along I-20 right outside of Weatherford, Texas at exit 386. Gary had to practically drag the dog back to the car so he could go inside to eat his ice cream before finishing the trip for today and checking into the La Quinta in Weatherford.
The cat will like the cicadas in the trees and bushes outside. He’s a great fan of insects of all stripes. He will look forward to East Texas. The cat acts like he’s from Texas to begin with. He zooms around every morning in the motel room as if he’s riding a motorcycle. Probably with the lack of traffic regulation around here that’s what I will see next — a feline on a motorcycle.
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Tuesday, June 19, ’12

Putlitz has chosen a favorite bed on this trip — his new soft-sided crate with a shoulder strap that I use to transfer him to his hard-sided carrier in the car and that I use to take him into motel rooms. Tonight I put it under my suitcase. He also likes the window sills at La Quinta. I found him there this morning when we were ready to go.

Sabaka enjoyed a triple cheeseburger at Dairy Queen in Big Spring. For dinner he sampled Chick-fil-A in Abilene.

He had a grand time at the Petroleum Museum. He was just like a kid going to look at the pump jacks working outside the building. I have photos of Sabaka galloping about.



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Tuesday, June 19, ’12
1)The Petroleum Museum postcards cash $11.95
2)Dairy Queen Big Springs lunch cash $31.86
3)Sweetwater Conoco ice cream cash $2.24
4)La Quinta room 106 cash $98.33
5)Petsmart PPP and dog toy Fidelity Checking $28.40
6)Fazoli’s dinner Fidelity Checking $35.95
7)Chick fil A dog’s dinner takeout Fidelity Checking $3.09
8)7-11 gas cash $35.00
9)USA Today $1.00
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TOT: $247.82

Sweetwater Conoco Kenny gas $26.42

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Bear update: The Bear says The Amazon Has Turned Into A Pirate Party. TR says, “She wields a nasty water pistol.” Moose say, “Not a nasty as you,Bear!” Lou says we will have a Nasty Bear Party. We will serve Nasty Foods.
We woke up to sun. Will it last? It lasted, and the temperature in Abilene climbed to 93.
Tucson 103/68 Weatherford 90/70 tomorrow Brooklyn 76/70
We woke up at 7:30AM. We got dressed and got CP breakfast in the lobby and took it back to our room. We brought sausages for the dog. We left the motel at 10:36AM. We stopped at the Petroleum Museum, exit 156 at the Phillips 66 station, at exit 177 in Big Spring at the Dairy Queen for lunch, at exit 216 at Colorado City at the Stripes Store, and at exit 242 at the TA Travel Center to get ice cream bars before arriving at the La Quinta Abilene Mall and checking into room 106. We went to the local Petsmart to get more PPP and another dog toy. I can’t get enough cat cans. We then drove to Fazoli’s for dinner for the second night in a row. We got the dog a Chick Filet sandwich. There don’t seem to be many McDonalds restaurants around here. Gary did laundry.
I was chatting with the lady from the Parkview Kennel in Pittsburgh all the way from the last rest stop practically to Abilene. She said she would put Putlitz in her house. She also wanted to take him to Starbucks after I told her about the buggy.
What happened to McDonalds in Texas? Everywhere we go I find Stripes Stores at the best locations at the exits. I also find Dairy Queens which remind me of the 50’s. I even find diners. All I want is a nice lemon strawberry drink at the golden arches.
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Tuesday, June 19, ’12: Why Can’t I Find McDonalds In Texas?

Today as we drove from Midland to Abilene, Texas we looked for McDonalds Restaurants in vain. True, there was one at Big Spring — three miles from the highway. We didn’t want to have to drive through town to eat. It wastes too much time. And I didn’t see a single McDonalds until we arrived at Abilene. Even then because of the crazy road system I couldn’t reach it on the other side of the road. But I had no trouble finding Stripes convenience stores that seemed to occupy the first spot coming off the highway where I thought McDonalds should be. I said no thanks. Yesterday in Pecos I had to take out lunch from one of those stores I’d never heard of before. I also didn’t have trouble finding antiquated Dairy Queens and 50’s diners.

It’s very simple what I want and I can’t find it often enough in Texas — a McDonalds.



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Monday, June 18, ’12

Sabaka seems to realize he’s going through new country. He avidly looks out the window. He leaps out at every stop. He likes all the new sights, tastes, and smells on the way to Dog Camp. His appetite is ravenous. He enjoyed sandwiches at the lunch stop at the Stripes in Pecos and dinner takeout from Wendy’s in Midland. He looks at us as if to say, “Isn’t there more?”

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Putlitz got into his carrying case all by himself this morning. He wanted to get out of Van Horn. I don’t blame him. When he got to the La Quinta at Midland he took up residence behind the sheers covering the window. When I was walking him he met a black poodle, and the ladies at the front desk waved at him going past in his stroller.

He was sniffing at the dog’s burger. He always gets envious.

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