Today is a travel day, from Albuquerque to Texas. Pack the car in the morning for three hours again. I am actually getting better at it – it takes only an additional fifteen minutes each time I do it now!
I am about an hour after check out and I know that the maid is waiting for me so as to get in the unit to clean. When I tell her I am still approximately 30 minutes yet, she says it is fine and aren’t you the painter traveling cross-country? Yes. She says, 'My son is an artist, a painter'. Ah. 'Take your time getting out, I am actually going to lunch and how’s about I simply take the sheets and towels, that way I can get the laundry started.' Great.
I am able to say goodbye to my lovely friends, Clarence and Alberta, and I hit the road. I decide to make the push to Seguin, Texas, the destination and the next leg of the journey for five or six days. I am over halfway through the trip.
No way to get there by night; in fact, I have so much energy that I drive past dark and decide to blow past the designated state park campground and drive well into the night. A truck stop for petrol at two am and a good place to sleep for a few hours. Sleep fairly upright in the car in a parking space at the truck stop, and awake with the sun. Morning ablutions and three breakfast burritos later, I am ready to head for Seguin.
There is something I want to report, got to thinking about it on the drive. About the time that I was commencing this trip, I had gotten a confirmation from ArtBarcs that it was launching mid-May, that I have been selected as featured artist, and that my work will be represented among 500 top living artists from five continents. Based in Chicago, ArtBarcs is essentially an online gallery whose mission is to put quality artwork in front of an exclusive list of patrons and collectors from around the world. I was thrilled to learn that I have been included in this enterprise!