Monday, December 29, 2008

The Life of a Rock Star



So you want to be a rock star? This rock star is on the road for the next four months away from loved ones and creature comforts. Tonight I sit in a Motel 6 in Rock Island, Illinois with only you and my computer. Oh yeah, I have a book I'm reading on how to choose a place to live- "Who's Your City" by Richard Florida- how the creative community is making where you live the most important decision of your life.
It was a loooooong haul today but for a change I had a really nice Border Patrol guy. Maybe attitudes are really changing. It felt good to be greeted by a friendly and interested neighbour.
I am showing a pic of my aunt and uncles grave stone not to be morbid but to let y'all know I like to drop in to see them before I go on this trek. It was they that set me on this life's path and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for clearing the path for Sheila and I.
Tomorrow I set out for a long day and hope to reach Cheyenne, Wyoming. It is a place to catch your breath before you climb the Rockies.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Loading the rig



Well I'm getting ready to hit the Mormon Trail for Utah. It's a long trip of over 2000 miles and the weather needs to be on my side. I have Terry the Toyota packed with some of my sculptural vessels that I have been working on this fall. I have seven of them packed in the back of the truck leaving little room for all my stuff. I made them so that the handles and feet can be put on with refractory cement and fired in the kiln. With handles and feet they don't fit into the cab of Terry. I have stuffed pieces of Styrofoam between them and tied them in with a truckers hitch so I hope they get there in one piece.
I have packed a survival kit of candles, blankets, chocolate bars, and whiskey. I hope that the survival kit is used only for comfort in my motel room at night.
I won't sleep tonight. Terry and I hit the road before daylight tomorrow