Badlands

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LA/XC DAYS EIGHTEEN, NINETEEN, AND TWENTY:  ROCK SPRINGS (WYOMING) TO DENVER; DENVER TO BADLANDS; BADLANDS TO MISSOURI VALLEY (IOWA) •  Three-day mileage: 1,318 •  Total LA/XC mileage:  6,359 •  Road Music: Sunday — NFL Radio; Monday — iPod malfunction (again!); listened to pretty much every music station on XM radio; Tuesday — iPod back from […] [Read More]
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My New Favorite Motel Chain

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LA/XC DAY SEVENTEEN:  ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING •  Today’s mileage:  399 •  Total LA/XC mileage:  5,034 •  Road Music:  ZZ Top; College football (Sooners beat Mizzou) •  Today’s state tally:  3 (Nevada, Utah, Wyoming) •  New states for Beagle Man:  0  (For a moment I was thinking Wyoming, but then I remembered western ski trips — […] [Read More]
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The Long Road Home

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LA/XC DAY SIXTEEN:  ELKO, NEVADA •  Two-day mileage:  544 •  Total LA/XC mileage:  4,635 •  Road Music:  Eagles, Rascal Flatts, Lucinda Williams •  Two-day state tally:  2 (California, Nevada; what can I say — they’re both huge!) •  New states for Beagle Man:  0  (Was tempted to count Nevada, but already did when I stopped […] [Read More]
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The City by the What? Where?

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LA/XC DAY FIFTEEN:  SAN FRANCISCO Yesterday’s mileage:  438 Total LA/XC mileage:  4,091 Road Music:  Sheryl Crow iPod marathon Yesterday’s state tally:  1 (California; it’s a long state) New states for Beagle Man:  0 It finally happened.  My pardner woke me at 6:05 this morning (late for him),  I strapped on his leash, grabbed the essentials, […] [Read More]
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Fight On!

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L.A. / SANTA MONICA / USC:  DAYS TWO-THREE-FOUR Clearly, I’ve led a deprived life as far as going to college football games is concerned.  When you think about it, I’ve only been to one really big-time game ever – the 1997 Rose Bowl — with Ohio State beating Arizona State on a thrilling last-minute drive.  […] [Read More]
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There’s a New Marshal in Town

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LA/XC DAY SEVEN:   LAS VEGAS TO L.A. • Las Vegas-L.A. mileage:  270 • Total LA/XC mileage:  3,218 • Road Music Monday:  Tom Petty iPod marathon  (Even though he’s a Florida boy, I’ve always heavily associated him, and his lyrics, with CA) • Today’s state tally:  2 (Nevada, California) • New states for Beagle Man:  0 […] [Read More]
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Reunion

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Keep Those Cards and Letters Coming . . .

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LA/XC DAYS FIVE AND SIX:   AMARILLO TO GRAND CANYON; GRAND CANYON TO LAS VEGAS •  Two-day mileage:  1,039 •  Total LA/XC mileage:  2,947 •  Road Music Monday: Random iPod shuffle.  Some pleasant surprises:  “Lyin’ Eyes” (Eagles), “Little Deuce Coupe” (Beach Boys), “On the Sunny Side of the Street” (Kermit Ruffins, New Orleans jazz man).  Then […] [Read More]
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The Revelation

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LA/XC DAYS THREE AND FOUR:  NASHVILLE / TULSA / AMARILLO Two-day mileage: 971 Total LA/XC mileage:  1,942 Road Music Saturday:  Country from my iPod ( stretch of I-40 between Nashville and Memphis is known as “Music Highway”); College football on XM Radio; Sunday: NFL Radio — Sunday Drive Two-day state tally:  4 (Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, […] [Read More]
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Ricky Storms Nashville

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LA/XC DAY TWO:  NASHVILLE, TN Today’s mileage: 666 Total LA/XC mileage:  968 Road Music:  CNN on XM Radio (missed the President’s speech last night; felt guilty; had to get caught up); ESPN Radio; “The Highway” (new country); playlist from Mikey Ice, featuring Black Keys and My Morning Jacket (thanks, Mike — loved “Off the Record”), […] [Read More]
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