Dinner on the go #tillietour #dog #artist #petco #text (at In-N-Out Burger)
100 degree weather to start our day in Vegas. We had an event at The Pike Restaurant and Bar in Long Beach, California, so into the desert we went. Through the Mojave (without any visions) and terrible LA traffic to an old friend of Bowman’s and Gordan’s. The Cadillac’s air conditioning died, so Sarah & I didn’t have the best ride through the desert. We were trying to ditch the guys & find a bathroom when Tillie balloons waved us into The Pike. The TMU showed up and began deploying to an eager crowd of Long Beach natives. After the show, we hung out with some of their Columbia buddies, ate amazing tacos, and drank free beer. (Thanks Larry!)
Onward to Vegas! We left the flat-topped rocks of Utah and dipped into the sharp spires of Arizona before getting into Nevada, the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel out destination. Once we arrived, we were informed by Brian (with the Elvis hairdo) that the TMU is a little too big for their front driveway because of some legal issues with the Super 8 next door. We parked the TMU in back and got some In-And-Out Burger, animal style, of course. Then we came back to the chapel and did a full deployment for an audience of fellow travelers. The show ended right as wedding bells rang.
We rolled into the Archview Resort rather late and in the rain, so unfortunately, we couldn’t set up the tent. Dogs weren’t allowed to sleep in the cabin, so Bowman was kind enough to sleep in the TMU with them. The rest of us shared the cabin. We woke up to a red wonderland and drove into Arches National Park, although it was still raining. Lunch was at a delicious Mexican restaurant in Moab, where the decision was made to nix the Grand Canyon and drive into the wilds of Utah. It was quite a ride that had no service and very steep cliffs. We stayed the night in Panguich, UT at a small little motel.
The Color Hound (Jerry) had written Bowman about his thoughts on Tillie’s Blue Period. He thought she should buck up! So, we paid him a visit in Golden, Colorado. A beautiful little brewing town in the foothills of the Rockies and home of Coors. Jerry, the geologist, was delighted to meet Tillie. She painted in his backyard and it is one of the best of tour. We bid Jerry and his friend Lou adieu then headed for Moab, Utah via Walmart. The drive through western Colorado is breathtaking. Huge rock mountains flank the road and at some points the road tunnels through them. The epitome of The West.