Consider this a test post–with a little road trip update mixed in, you know, for practice.

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Come August, my feller and I will set out on a three-week motorcycle journey across the country following Route 66 from California to Chicago, then cutting up to Milwaukee (feller has a meeting to go to). With limited cargo space on my Sportster, I’d rather not pack my computer and SLR like I did  for our Utah/Colorado tour, so I’m test writing this blog using my iPhone and Siri to dictate. Let’s see how it goes!

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For our 14th Anniversary, we took a little cruise, stopping of course in Winslow to check on the Motor Palace, where construction on our mud-room-turned-motel room is cruisin’ right along.

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We dropped off some chandeliers for the contractor to install….

Dropped off two chandeliers for our new quarters! It is a Palace after all!
Dropped off two chandeliers for our new quarters! It is a Palace after all!

Checked out the parking lot next to the Motor Palace… with ALL NEW motorcycle parking signs!! A whole row! I think the city must like us.

Can you believe it? A whole lot dedicated to motorcycle parking, right next to the Motor Palace!! I think the city likes us!
Can you believe it? A whole lot dedicated to motorcycle parking, right next to the Motor Palace!! I think the city likes us!

We had a lovely anniversary evening, first taking some cheeky pics, followed by a romantic patio dinner (’cause we went to the Turquoise Room too late and they’d closed! Luckily our pal Nate hooked us up with some Caeser salads and soup and we found a nice patio looking out onto the trains)…  Much as we adore the La Posada, we’re hoping this was our last stay, and that next time we’ll get to bunk in our own building!

Told ya I was a hayseed!
Told ya I was a hayseed!

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Next day, we cruised Route 66 to Holbrook for lunch, then continued on, of course takin’ in all the Mother Road fun…

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Our destination? Gallup New Mexico’s historic El Rancho hotel!

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Man! Was this place cool! The lobby is adorned with photographs of old stars, many of them signed to the El Rancho. The rooms are named after actors and actresses from the heyday of Hollywood (we had the Robert Taylor room). Yes, there are polyester bedspreads, but the charm and size of the room made up for that. There’s also a newly reopened swimming pool, small, but plenty ample to frolic on a hot New Mexico day.

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Since we were in the hood, and it was my mom’s birthday, we swung by Pinetop/Lakeside for a little paddleboat expedition at the lake where my parents live (seasonally).

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And… then, well, we headed home.

Okay! Test done. Other than having to use the computer to insert pictures (ones I took with the 7D and not my phone) I was easily able to do the post! Woo hoo!

Until next time…

Later gators

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