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Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
Apr 14, 2019 - 05:48am PT
Yes Hill country!
Have I got this right - that you are taking Rt62 to Rt 86/17? all the way?

or are you dropping south somewhere? Taking Rt6? to Rt84? to Scranton?

I guess I could see that Especially "nice?" hilly & "backwater", from Gulf Summit all the way through Deposit, Rosco, Lock Sheldrake? I know that route, (edit/ but that is 30 years ago). I think that its a fun run going out
I'm not 2nd guessing, just to take it coming back?
It is 50 more miles, speed/time only 2 hours
but the work for the horse is near double.

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 14, 2019 - 05:54am PT
Change in plans. I just decided to make it easy on myself..... It's going to be raining all day and hard tonight. The driving won't be fun, I won't stop and walk the towns, and there on't be bivy options that are easy.

Highway 80 here we come.

Edit: Your insights are correct. Police aren't an issue as I don't speed but yeah, it's mean to Penny, when she's been so loyal this trip, just throwing those brake shoes back in Quartzsite and can't blame an ole hoss for that! Shoes wear out.

The sputtering that got taken care of briefly with a tune-up did return, and that was what was making me dread those Alleghany hills last time.

So - taking the path of least resistance.
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
Apr 14, 2019 - 06:04am PT
oh! good you're here
yes take Rt 80!
the other route you were looking at has some "struggling to make ends meet" territory - where opportunity can drive good people to take advantage...you seem well connected but do not hesitate to call for a rescue, the Gnome name all one word & NO capital letters or spaces GMail
If the weather has you struggling PERSEVERE, keep it at 60 & stop at the 180 mile markers. but you know all this
Here's TO good traveling!

I don't visit, no need to add to the hoard - but if I do,
I'll make a point of dancing your direction.(The Clove, Split Rock)

I'm told the roads Rt 86/17 are fine, big/4 lane wide highways & less traffic on a Sunday, I forgot about that.
But Still, Rt80 is The shorter more flat route ...
checking the forecast? Once you get out of Ohio, it looks overcast and low winds out of the South-west?

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 14, 2019 - 10:03am PT
I'm stopped a rest at mile 147 on I-80. It's been raining the whole way and sometimes pretty bad, but right now it's almost even not taking.

Going to stop for gas next town and who knows - I might even get home tonight, though I seriously doubt that.

I don't like to drive in the dark, especially on busy highways.

As for hard-times towns, there's something about them that I find intriguing. Seeing the remnants of past prosperity and imagining how the place was....

But as for head times - I forgot that the west side of Warren was what it is - abandoned massive industrial plants with "Available" signs up for years, as if those plants are ever going to see a tenant again....
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
Apr 14, 2019 - 11:02am PT

Hey Now!

What the radio And your own now tired selection isn't supplying
I be honored to try to do

Thursday's Child
[Click to View YouTube Video]
by Aoife O'Donovan

I got nothing to hide, and I'm as naked as the day is born
In November and you know what they say
Thursday's child has far to go, don't I know.

I got far to go, should I leave you behind?
And drive to Alaska on Saturday night
These four walls around me are?

No one's riding shotgun, I'm driving alone
I can turn up the music and do whatever I want
When I get to the border, put a quarter in the payphone.

Oh, my tyranny's gonna crumble
And so, sit next to me and fumble
With the buttons on my dress
What do you wanna be?
I wanna be a poet.

To get down on my knees and unplug your drain
Get an ache in my bones every time that it rains
And when I look up at the sun in the sky, I tell time.

If something is leaking, just give me a call
There's a tear on your cheek, there's a crack in the wall
I can soak up the water with the folds of my black shawl.

Oh, my tyranny's gonna crumble
And so, sit next to me and fumble
With the buttons on my dress
What do you wanna do?
I wanna watch you stumble.

Stumble through this fertile land
In your pocket are both my hands
When you get to the other side
The northern lights and a blanket of white.

I wanted to be a singer, so I grew my hair long
I needed a guitar slinger to push me along
To fill out my verse and my chorus with a baritone.

I got nothing to hide, I'm laying it out there
Take it or leave it, you can't figure it out
Thursday's child has far to go, I'm gonna shatter.

Oh, my tyranny's gonna crumble
And so, sit next to me and fumble
With the buttons on my dress
Buttons on my dress
Buttons on my dress.

Writer(s): Aoife Maria O'donovan

very much a way to steer is to steer clear of negativity

 clear and happy thoughts

 thoughts - of uplifting summers; things that you've missed, for Lucus if your feeling pissed

What The H? The 19th- rushing back ? ~Think~

 you're not!

You are enjoying the last leg of this year's 'On The Road' journey

 you are The Smart Girl living the dream, the salt of the earth!

you need to suspend the gloom or impending doom of working under the thumb of the man,

even if that thumb is painted Mohonk White& green[Click to View YouTube Video]
Situational awareness, a concept that has layers & a definition I ignore.

I like to take to mean that I only exist in my own small space & in the right here & the last 10 minutes to the next hour

If that's too tired old and in the way of sobriety

Try the Beatles White album as sung by Morgan James[Click to View YouTube Video]

To be honest this was 'Up" 1st for an hour or so

It is a sad fact that I will never out grow this & this show for sure is a big reason why
I would have been in my ty-dyed prime & for sure at this show

Nassau Colloseum Longd guylined Ny 11/1/ 79


[Click to View YouTube Video]
I hope you enjoy?

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 14, 2019 - 12:42pm PT
Hahaha.....I don't actually play music while driving. I like "think my thoughts," and talk to Lucas if need be.

I can't believe how much quicker it is to drive the interstates...

I'm only 163 mile from New Paltz already!

But I'm going to stay another night out so as to not be getting back at dark. I like to see that drive up the ridge and get home during daylight.
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
Apr 14, 2019 - 02:35pm PT
Way to Go ! !

And that there folks is how it's done ,

push right through till the objective,
the white ridge is in the air,

Time to take a deep breath
Say adios to the southwestern flavor[Click to View YouTube Video]

Good too, to have pulled over
let them truckers truck on into
Sunday night traffic,

great to hear
and now that you're near

you need to get that NY edge back.

Remember it will be all

"Hey ?! `you got a day pass?"
"Look here missy - no peeing on the cliff-base trail"
( is it that bad yet?)

Anyway, you know the drill
Hard-as-nails rangering till the steamy weather.
Then the work starts for real
This should help hone that edge
[Click to View YouTube Video]HAPPY Carriage TRAILS !


All that wet bunk, you drove out of
is gonna get swept-up by the southwesterly wet
& blow by @ mid-night & dawn (4`5aM) tomorrow
As if you didn't know, Think Cleansing rains...

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 14, 2019 - 03:28pm PT
hahah - too funny.

This year, as last year, I have made a New Season Resolution to be kinder, gentler. I know that I noticed the difference last year, but it didn't seem like anyone else did. I still had my reputation as "the hard one," and got told to "lighten up!" even when I was a good 20 pounds lighter than I felt like I should have weighted in at....

I do wish I could have a laissez faire attitude, but ya know....I go to places where I'm surprised about the day fee, or need to show my pass or some of the things that people get up in arms about, and I just can't imagine being that way.

Anyway - my plan is to just smile and say "'m sorry you feel that way." At least as long as that lasts.....

Anyway - I'm taking it easy this last night on the road, and expect to be back at the cabin tomorrow about noontime. Unfortunately it's a rainy forecast, so I may be living out of the van even there for a few days! Tromping up that hill with all the stuff when it's muddy isn't much fun.

Social climber
Apr 14, 2019 - 04:21pm PT
hey there say, terrie... whewww... good to see these updates...

say, yeah, bad weather moving your way... (as of last night) sat. ...

not sure how it is now...
we just had 3-4 inches of snow, :O
though, we were warned of 2-3 inches... it is there, as well...

so, it's moved onward... towards the east...

hope your rain, won't turn to snow??

good to know, you will be home...
hugs and god bless!

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 14, 2019 - 04:36pm PT
The wind is picking up pretty good right now. I just left Starbucks and the patio umbrellas got away and were headed with the wind. An employee ran out and grabbed one and almost pulled a "Mary Poppins!"

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 15, 2019 - 09:25am PT
Looks like I'll make it!

In in Ellenville, having my traditional stop at the pizza shop. Just have the uphill to the risgetop and then its all downhill from there.

Well done, pretty Penny!
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
Apr 15, 2019 - 10:00am PT
THANX FOR THE JOURNEY !**= Apparently the immediacy my de-activation was premature.



Dang straight,
Hold `em tight & Don't let go

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Apr 15, 2019 - 04:11pm PT
Good job Penny and happy!
Gnome. Don't leave.. Its a weird campfire and you are an important part of it!

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 16, 2019 - 09:16am PT
Just a confirmation that I did get back yesterday about 1pm. Van is kind of unpacked, and cabin is kind of set up. Lucas has already gotten a tick, though I think it might have been in Ohio or Pennsylvania since it was already attached.

Thanks to everyone for your support, and for the naysayers - nyah nyah nyah....! But don't worry. I'm pretty sure Penny will be still the ride next year and ONE OF THESE DAYS she's got to kick the bucket so you can be all "I TOLD ya so!!!1111"!

from out where the anecdotes roam
Apr 17, 2019 - 12:19am PT
van morrison ~ philosopher's stone: http://youtu.be/Z2hf3dQqS0M
[Click to View YouTube Video]

Apr 17, 2019 - 09:28am PT
I am glad to hear that you are home safely. I've enjoyed the postings from your adventure, and wish you many more.

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Apr 17, 2019 - 03:08pm PT
Glad you made it home safe. JLP told me that my astro is a complete POS yet it is still chugging along with 215k on it. Penny still has a ways to go :)

Social climber
Apr 17, 2019 - 03:24pm PT
hey there say, happy welcome home, happie...


Mountain climber
May 3, 2019 - 04:18am PT
Happiegrrrl2, have you ever been to Bancroft Rockhound Gemboree?

It's somewhere in your neck of the woods.

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 3, 2019 - 02:57pm PT
Thanks Yury! I haven't been..... it's about 400 miles away, so doable. I'm going to research the event to see who is selling there and if it's good prices. I do have enough material to wait until next winter in Quartzsite where I know prices are as good as I can get, but it would be fun to go if I can get some money saved to buy enough material to make the cost associated with the travel worthwhile.

I'm kind of considering saving up about 5K for a set up (rock saw, trim saw,Grind/Polish machine, buff machine and associated items), but then will need a shop space. It's possible I could convince my place of work to let me do in their barn but...iffy, since it would technically be a commercial thing. More likely a better idea to see about renting space in someone's garage or something. I have always thought the old concrete block building in 44/55 in Gardiner that has the "liquor" sign on it would make a good studio. But all this wouldn't be until next year anyway.
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