The 6-week journey will be across the “southern transcontinental route”, covering southern sections of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and northern Florida. Arrival at the finish line in St. Augustine, FL is projected for April 10, 2010.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Cubs win! Cubs win!

Hi Everyone,
My thrill of the day was to go to the Cubs spring training game in Mesa.  I was the only one who wanted to go (I've been thinking of it since we started) so we got as close as we could in the traffic and I hopped out and walked the rest of the way to the stadium.  It was a gorgeous day and people here are Cubs crazy.  Even when playing the Diamondbacks there were more Cubs fans than anything else.  I didn't have a ticket and all the scalpers on the street were saying that it was a sell-out.  But I got a really good ticket right by first base in the first row behind the walkway between the sections.  Carlos Zambrano pitched the first two innings and he looked great.  He has lost lots of weight and his hair is buzzed.  Most of the players today are the new players or the ones trying to earn spots in the rotation.  I did see Micah Hoffpauir, Bobby Scales, Sam Fuld, Jeff Baker, Koyie Hill, and Kevin Millar play.  Lou Pinella has also slimmed down a lot.  The score went back and forth a couple of times but they pulled it out in the ninth.

The other three spent the time grocery shopping and getting the bike tires fixed.  We drove to Apache Junction for the night in a KOA Kampground.  Tomorrow it is back on the road.  We have two more nights in AZ and then on to New Mexico.  

Sorry we missed the Meslows and Elaine Kienitz here in AZ.  Dave's brother Paul is planning on flying down to see us in Alpine, TX.  That will be fun.

Thanks, Peter, Paul and Dean, for the hints about the cause for the flat tires and a suggested cure.  That took the bulk of the day for the guys but they are confident that they are ready to set out again tomorrow. 

Goodnight from Apache Junction!


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