October 7, 2011
Had a rental car snafu with Enterprise. We had a SUV requested for over a month so I could deliver my paintings to Santa Fe, and the day I was supposed to pick it up (yesterday) they told us they didn't have the vehicle. Carole had to scramble and finally got me a mini-van at Hertz down on Shea and Scottsdale Road. Consequently didn't hit the road until 9:30 this morning, which is about three hours later than I like.
The sky was clear when I left, but topping the shoulder of the Four Peaks range at Sunflower I noticed very dramatic clouds moving across the plateau above Payson. Hit snow flurries at Heber and heavy snow at Overgaard. Dramatic skies and rain mixed with sleet all the way to Socorro, New Mexico. Stopped for a coffee and sando before getting gas. Big mistake. Got soaked filling up with gas. Rained all the way to Nogal, finally cleared up. Made it to Ruidoso in just over eight hours.
Sue Lambert and I are staying in a condo compliments of the Cowboy Symposium. Sue was here for today and they had very good crowds. I'm speaking tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. in the Cowboy USA Roundup Tent.
"I'll see you there."