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Southwest 2019: Getting There [Spending the Night in Clovis/NM]

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Even if stopping for the night in Lubbock [Fredericksburg – Lubbock 330 miles] would have been more like half the distance than stopping somewhat farther down the road in Clovis [Fredericksburg – Clovis: 425 miles, Clovis – Albuquerque 225], we … Continue reading

Southwest 2019: Our Plans and What Became of Them

For all intents and purposes things seemed to fit together nicely: Mary had obtained tickets for a concert of the “Eagles” in Las Vegas for Saturday, September 29, and the we found out that the “Texas Exes”, the alumni of UT, the “University of Texas in Austin”, offered a trip to Sedona/AZ from September 23 to September 27. This trip contained various excursions that really interested us, and thus we booked that trip.

Südwesten 2019: Unsere Pläne und was aus ihnen geworden ist

Eigentlich passte es gut zusammen: Mary hatte für Samstag, den 29. September des vergangenen Jahres Karten für ein Konzert der “Eagles” in Las Vegas und dann erfuhren wir, dass die “Texas Exes”, die Absolventen von UT, der “University of Texas in Austin”, vom 23. bis zum 27. September eine Reise nach Sedona in Arizona anboten, mit einem Begleitprogramm, das uns wirklich interessierte. So haben wir das dann gebucht.

In addition to this stay in Sedona we had been thinking of extending the tour – not only to Las Vegas, but also to some National Parks in the Southwest, mainly Utah. For these reasons we waived the flights that were included in the offer and went in our own car – again one of our favoured road trips.

Da wir diese Reise ja noch etwas ausdehnen wollten – nicht nur nach Las Vegas – haben wir auf die angebotene Anreise per Flugzeug verzichtet und sind im eigenen Wagen an- und abgereist: wieder einmal einer unserer ach so beliebten RoadTrips.

Our additional destinations besides Las Vegas were:

Was wir zusätzlich, neben Las Vegas, noch geplant hatten:

Albuquerque, so that I could now at last do the bike ride I had wanted to do the year before, when we were there for the Balloon Festival [see my writings on that] and which I had skipped because of my infected ear. But I really wanted to get the 10+ miles of bicycling in MM on my list. My readers here will remember that Mary and I have the goal to ride at least 10 miles on our bicycles in every state of the US.  Mary already has NM on her list, though, but as we’d pass through Albuquerque anyway, it would be a good opportunity for me. Therefore it was our plan to stop in Albuquerque on our way up, but still take two days for the trip there. As we had stopped quite frequently in Lubbock on our trips to the Southwest, we wanted to change that habit and this time stop in Clovis/NM.

Im Jahr zuvor waren wir ja schon in Albuquerque in Neu Mexiko gewesen [siehe mein Bericht vom Heißluftballon Festival dort und von unseren Besuch im National Petroglyph Monument], aber da hatte ich ja der Umstände [schmerzhafte Entzündung im Ohr] wegen nicht meine 10 oder mehr Meilen in New Mexiko radeln können. Bekanntlichermaßen ist es ja unser Ziel, 10 Meilen oder mehr in jedem Bundesstaat der USA zu radeln, und im Gegensatz zu Mary fehlt mir Neu Mexiko noch auf der Liste. So war dann der Plan, auf dem Hinweg in Albuquerque Station zu machen, aber dennoch schon diesen Teil, die Fahrt von Fredericksburg nach Albuquerque, in zwei Etappen aufzuteilen. Da wir bisher aber schon mehrfach auf einer Reise in den Südwesten in Lubbock im Panhandle von Texas die Fahrt unterbrochen hatten, wollten wir dieses Mal in Clovis, in Neu Mexiko, ganz kurz hinter der Grenze zu Texas, übernachten.

After the 5 days in Sedona and the excursions (from) there we had planned to stay for two full days in Las Vegas, and then, from there, since we would already have driven that far and were close to them anyway, we wanted to visit Bryce Canyon and Zion NP. We had already booked 5 nights in a B&B in Springdale/UT.

Von Sedona aus sollte es dann für 2 volle Tage nach Las Vegas gehen, und von das aus – weil wir nun schon einmal so weit gefahren und relativ nahe dran waren – noch für zum Bryce Canyon und zum Zion Nationalpark. Dort hatten wir schon für 5 Nächte eine Bed-and-Breakfast Unterkunft gebucht.

But unfortunately things didn’t turn out that way. Mary’s knee, that had already caused us a lot of problems in Alaska, got worse – so bad, finally, that she was barely able to walk. Therefore we cancelled Bryce Canyon and Zion NP, as both would have involved a lot of walking/hiking. We were lucky that we could cancel our accommodation in Springdale without incurring any costs. We kept our itinerary for the remainder of the trip, though, but rented a wheelchair for Mary. That proved very helpful and she could take part in all our excursions, even if she was somewhat restricted in what she could do/see at the various destinations.

Doch leider kam es anders als geplant, denn Marys Knie, das schon in Alaska solche Probleme bereitet hatte, wurde noch schmerzhafter, sodass sie kaum laufen konnte. Wir haben dann Bryce Canyon und Zion National Park gestrichen, denn Beides hätte viel Gehen/Wandern erfordert, und die Unterkunft in Springdale/Utah storniert, was zum Glück ohne Kosten ging. Den Rest der Reise haben wir beibehalten, aber für Mary einen Rollstuhl mitgenommen. So konnte sie dann doch Vieles mitmachen.

But even with these cancellations it still turned out to be quite a long trip: about 2,500 miles. And, to anticipate, it still turned out to be, in spite of all the adversities, the trip still proved to be a wonderful one, on which we got to see and experience a lot of interesting and beautiful things.

Selbst mit diesen Streichungen wurde es immer noch eine ganz schön lange Reise: ca. 2500 Meilen [mehr als 4000 Kilometer]. Und, um es vorweg zu nehmen, es wurde trotz der Widrigkeiten immer noch eine wunderbare Reise, auf der wir viel Interessantes und Schönes gesehen haben.

But now, before I get to the narration proper, one more reference to a big handicap: for the time being we can’t find Mary’s diary, which I so much rely on to help my memory. Therefore I have to keep my narration short [which not necessarily is a bad thing with me being such a babbler]. What I really miss, though, is a description of what food we had. Therefore this time we’ll have way more pictures that text. But what the heck:

Southwest, here we come!

Jetzt aber, bevor ich an die eigentliche Beschreibung gehe, noch der Hinweis auf ein großes Handicap für diesen Bericht: wir können im Augenblick Marys Tagebuch, auf das ich mich immer so sehr als Hilfe für meine Erinnerung verlasse, nicht finden. Daher werde ich mich notwendigerweise kürzer fassen müssen [was bei meiner normalen Geschwätzigkeit ja nicht unbedingt von Nachteil sein muss]. Vor Allem aber – und das finde ich wirklich bedauerlich – fehlt mir jegliche Beschreibung dessen, was wir gegessen haben. Es werden also weit mehr Bilder als Text werden. Aber sei’s drum:

Südwesten, wir kommen!


Alaska Trip – Day Three [Anchorage Museum and Dinner “Odyssey”]

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In consideration of Mary’s continuing problems with her leg we had planned to take it easy on that day and to go by how she had slept and how she felt in the morning. We both slept well, though, and … Continue reading


RailTrailsRoadTrip 2018 – Day 14 [Goshen/OH to Louisville/KY]

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On Tuesday, May 29, we intended to get on the road again, from Goshen/OH to our next stop for sightseeing and bicycling, Louisville/KY. We had chosen Louisville because that city gave us the opportunity to at the same time add … Continue reading


RailTrailsRoadTrip 2018 – Day 13 [Little Miami Scenic Trail and Aliens]

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For that day, Monday, May 28, we had planned to bicycle the Little Miami Scenic Trail – well, not all of its 78 miles, but only a very lovely part, starting at the trailhead in Loveland. The Little Miami Scenic … Continue reading


RailTrailsRoadTrip 2018 – Day 12 [Cincinnati/OH: Nati in a Nutshell]

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For this day, Sunday, May 27, we had planned to do a guided walking-tour of Cincinnati, “Nati in a Nutshell“: a walk of about 3 hours [well, two connections (and back) by streetcar], a short synopsis – so to speak … Continue reading


RailTrailsRoadTrip 2018 – Day 11 [Hendersonville/NC – Goshen/OH]

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After our stay in Hendersonville/GA, where we found many an attraction and sight worth visiting, we wanted to be on our way again, the final destination for the day being Goshen/OH, a small township just outside of Cincinnati, where we … Continue reading


RailTrailsRoadTrip 2018 – Day 10 [Jump-Off Rock – and Another Indian Love Story]

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Only just now I’ve found out that, with “copy and paste”, I got the day-count wrong: this was not, as I had previously written, day 9 but already day 10 of our trip! For this, our last day in Hendersonville/NC, … Continue reading


RailTrailsRoadTrip 2018 – Day 9 [Brevard – The City of the White Squirrels]

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Well, as Brevard is in Transylvania County, I had rather expected to meet Count Dracula there than white squirrels. But I must admit, I’m happier with the white squirrels. I don’t need that much garlic then.  😀 RailTrailsRoadTrip 2018 – … Continue reading


RailTrailsRoadTrip 2018 – Day 9 [Looking Glass Falls]

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After snooping around the Pisgah National Forest Visitors Center and Ranger Station, where I buy a t-shirt … RailTrailsRoadTrip 2018 – Tag 9 [Looking Glass Wasserfall] Nachdem wir im Pisgah National Forest Besucherzentrum, wo ich ein T-Shirt erstanden habe … … Continue reading