The Journey – Days Eleven & Twelve

Posted On: October 5, 2017

September 29, 2017 – Chicago, IL to Albuquerque, NM



Friday was a bus-train-plane day for me. I left my sister Judi’s Chicago apartment at 7:15 a.m. and rode the CTA bus to the CTA train to that wondrous travel hub known as O’Hare. It was all a bit of an endurance test after ten days of car travel. Suffice it to say, the American Airlines flight was on schedule.


Airport Bluegrass

A highlight of my arrival in Albuquerque was this bluegrass band in the arrivals area, playing “The Ballad of Jed Clampett,” the theme song from the “Beverly Hillbillies.” Note that the rhythm section is a washtub bass and a washboard. What a difference from O’Hare!


Our plan was that Beth would fly from Toronto to Chicago to Albuquerque on Friday night and I’d meet her at the Albuquerque “Sunport.” But it didn’t work out that way. Her Toronto flight was delayed by two hours (due to an airplane flat tire). As a result, Beth missed her connection in Chicago and spent the night at an airport hotel (at American Airlines’ expense).


September 30, 2017 – Chicago, IL to Albuquerque, NM to Santa Fe, NM


So this morning, Beth caught the same flight that I took yesterday. This time, no delays. We grabbed her baggage, loaded up the rental car and made our way north to Santa Fe, about an hour’s drive from Albuquerque. Our third floor motel room faces south with a good view of the mountains we hope to explore tomorrow.


That cloud bank above the mountain soon became a dark, ominous thunderstorm off in the distance. As it moved east, the setting sun peered out from beneath a cloud bank and gifted us with this magnificent rainbow.