Gallup, New Mexico, is a little town lining what used to be Route-66. It’s nestled a mesa. It’s one long strip of old businesses, many shuttered, some still plugging along.

Last August I spent the night here on my drive from California back home to Charlottesville. I managed to find a little diamond in the rough. A little coffee roaster called Gallup Coffee Company. Their coffee is quite good and I made a mental note, and blog post about it. So I had to stop and pick up a mocha on my way through.

As I drove up the street to the shop I was worried it had been lost to COVID like so many other places. I was pleasantly surprised to see it open with a few customers hanging out inside.

Time to drink my coffee and get back on the road. This little town has captured my heart. I love it.


Albuquerque, New Mexico

I love it here. I can’t get enough of the beautiful red sand and mesas. The sky is blue and it’s a nice 70 degrees with a nice cool breeze.

I’ve pulled over to eat, at a very exotic location; Taco Bell. No, it’s not great, but it’s fine and three tacos fit nicely into the number of calories I allow myself for lunch. It works for me.

I found a shady spot in the adjoining Sam’s Club parking lot and ate. I’m sitting next to a beautiful pine of some kind, at least I think it’s a type of pine?

Fahrni road trip tip. When you stop make it multipurpose. The stops are usually about going pee, gassing up, or eating. When convenient, do all three. I’ll do that this stop, even though I have 3/4 of a tank I’ll still top it off just because. It’s just a thing I do.

Here’s a picture of the tree. Maybe someone can tell me what it is.


Day Three: Amarillo, TX to Kingman, AZ

Believe it or not driving all day is kind of tiring. It’s interesting how I’d forgotten that. It’s still worth it. Our country is beautiful.

Here’s an interesting observation for you. Folks in Oklahoma and Texas aren’t masking. Service workers are but everyone else is running around maskless. It’s going to be a while before I’m comfortable in that environment. I wonder what it’ll be like in New Mexico, Arizona, and California? Guess I’ll find out.

Today’s drive is a short 747 miles and should take around 10.5 hours to complete.

Found a Starbucks this morning. Not missing coffee today!


Welcome to Conway, Arkansas

Well this mornings hope of finding good coffee went out the window. I got to the shop and they were closed. Most likely due to the pandemic. The sign said they hope to come back. I certainly hope they can.

I pulled off here in Conway because it looked like I had a nice choice of food options. I found a Panda Express and I like it so I got some Orange Chicken. Not a good meal but tasty. I knew diet would be kind of challenging on the road. I’m doing OK so far.

Anywho, there’s a Starbucks next door. Figures.

Where I plan to stay in Amarillo tonight has a Starbucks nearby. At least I’ll be able to get a coffee I’m familiar with.

Back on the road. Should arrive in Amarillo around 7PM, I hope.


Day Two: West Memphis, AR to Amarillo, TX

I’m a bit tired this morning, to be expected I suppose. I really do love the road. New places and interesting folks.

It’s raining here this morning and there isn’t a real coffee shop within 40 miles of my location. I’m gonna grab some hotel coffee and hit the road. My next update should be from Holy Grounds Community Coffee in Forrest City, Arkansas. Fingers crossed their mochas are good.


West Memphis, Arkansas

Went a little further than Memphis. But just across the river to West Memphis, Arkansas.

Traffic was fun in Memphis because the I-40 bridge is closed because it’s broken.

I’m tired. More tomorrow.


West of Nashville

Had to stop and refuel again. Me and the truck.


Did Gruber Slip?

On the latest episode of The Talk Show John Gruber very clearly says “the M1 MacBook Pro” a couple times.

Did he just let the cat out of the bag or just misspeak and meant the M1 MacBook Air?

Of course I want to know. 😀

UPDATE: John didn’t slip, I did. I forgot there is a 13in M1 MacBook Pro. Sorry for the mistake.

Welcome to Chilhowie

First stop of the day. I’m in the little town of Chilhowie, VA at a Taco Bell grabbing grub then I’ll juice up the truck and get back on the road.

Lots and lots of podcasts, books, and music queued up.

Not much to see from my vantage point I’m afraid.


Day One: Charlottesville to Memphis

I’m on my way to California for our nieces wedding and since I’m not a fan of flying, I’m driving.

I hope to share some pictures and words along the way so today I leave you with a picture of Kim’s gardenias 🌺 in our front yard and Grit Coffee. ☕️

I’ll share more tonight from Memphis.