Stage 9: Deming NM to Tucson AZ
Today was (relatively) easy, because we gave ourselves an extra two hours by pushing to Deming last night and because we got an extra hour when we entered Arizona. (That's our last zone change for this trip.)( Not Where I'd Expect to Find a Fellow ClassmateCollapse )
The ex-Southern Pacific mainline parallels Interstate 10 along much of our route. While driving along, we spotted the eastbound Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle
at one point, which is somewhat rare given that the train runs only six times per week total (three each way).( The Thing!Collapse )( To The TrainsCollapse )
Checking in to the hotel, I got online and found that Day Jobbe stuff I expected was there waiting for me. I had previously committed to work on this in return for an extra day off (next Monday), so I got to work on it while Lisa started working through the laundry. Fortunately, nobody else was using the single machine, there was a soap dispenser, and the laundry room is only two doors down from our room. Furthermore, one of the front desk people, when we asked for quarters, ran next door and got us a roll when it turned out that they didn't have enough quarters in their own till.
After several loads of laundry and after I had done what I could for today (the rest will have to wait for tomorrow, and I told them so back in the office), we walked to the Waffle House about a kilometer away. I like Waffle House, but there aren't any on the west coast, so I tend to eat at them when I find them along my travels elsewhere. Alas, I tend to overeat at them, and the extra helping of hashbrowns did bad things to my blood sugar.
Tomorrow is the shortest leg of the trip, as we've set aside half a day to go to the Pima Air & Space Museum
before heading up to Tempe, where we will stay near, but not at, the location of the Tempe Westercon (and the proposed NASFiC). I'm glad it's going to be a short day, because I have at least four more hours of Day Jobbe to do tomorrow night. Current Mood: exhausted