Moriarty, NM

I needed a day off.

Since Laughlin, the last time I took a break, I’ve ridden 564.04 miles. ?Moriarty seemed as good a place as any to re-group.

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Wonder how it turns out for Andy and Red? ?The suspense is killing me . . .

I’ve been staying in Motel 6s whenever I can. ?I’ve found they’re pretty much just what I’m looking for in overnight accommodations. ?A bed. ?A shower. ?A laundry. ?An ice machine. ?An air conditioner. ?Oh yeah: ?and?inexpensive.

This?particular?Motel 6 in Moriarty, though . . . well, one strike against ’em for having a dead ice machine. ?They’re dispensing ice from the fridge behind the registration desk.

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Not such a big deal today as my water bottles aren’t going anywhere. ?But, strike 2: ?they don’t have a laundry, either.

They told me the Travel America truck stop across the road had a laundry. ?I unloaded all the panniers off the bike, emptied one of the big rear ones, then put in my dirty laundry bag and pedaled over.

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Unfortunately, though the travel center had three washers and two dryers, there were, oh, I don’t know, 700 truck drivers all trying to do their laundry, too.

Figured there had to be a laundromat somewhere, right? ?I wasn’t doing anything else, so I trucked off down the road to find it.

I was expecting to be all to myself on a Sunday morning. ?Ha. ?Silly me.

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There must not be?anything?else to do on Sunday morning in Moriarty, New Mexico. ?It seemed as if the entire town was there. ?(Umm, hey guys: ?it’s legal to actually own a washing machine and dryer. ?They’ll put it right in your house for ya.)


Dinner this evening was here:

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From their “Other Faves” menu I picked their Frito Pie.

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It was fine. ?But it needed more hamburger meat and less Fritos. ?(Then I guess they’d have to call it Hamburger Pie, wouldn’t they?)


Strike 3 for this Motel 6 was the room came equipped with a free?tarantula. ?

No, I don’t have a picture. ?No, I’m not going to go get one, either. ?Spiders in general scare the shit out of me. ?A?tarantula?would cause a heart attack.

I was lying in bed, working on the laptop, when I noticed movement out of the corner of my eye?on the bed about a foot from my leg. ?I jerked away from whatever the hell it was. ?It was tiny, no more than an inch long. ?I grabbed a ?. . . a something, I don’t know . . . and smacked it.

It wasn’t on the bed any more.

But I couldn’t find the corpse of whatever the hell it was on the floor, either.

Was it a tarantula? ?I don’t know. ?It looked / moved like a spider and it had all those funny hairy looking things all over it. Frankly, I don’t want to know. ?’Cuz I think I slept last night with one eye open. ?:: shudder ::


Been a pleasant day off. ?Back to I-40 and on to Santa Rosa tomorrow.

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