Thursday, April 18, 2013

Roadway Heatwaves And Val Kilmer's Mama

April 18, 2013
   Drove over to Wickenburg late this morning for a speech at the Desert Caballeros Museum. Took the Lake Pleasant Road (Highway 74) and gave myself an hour and a half for the 60 mile run. At about the fifteen mile mark I saw the dreaded electronic sign: "Road Work Ahead. Expect Long Delays." Turns out they have been repaving the road with rubberized asphalt and taking it in sections. The good news is that the rubberized asphalt is highly reflective and creates big pools of roadway water mirages. It's been ages since I've seen this roadway phenom (it's one of my earliest memories traveling on Route 66) and I assumed it disappeared because of new construction materials. Whatever the reason I was thrilled to see the effects and took photos moving and during the flagman stop.

The speech went very well, another standing room only gig. And, afterwards, I had the honor of meeting Val Kilmer's mother. Here she is and her name is Gladys.

She told me Val is in Dallas for his one-man-show on Mark Twain.

"Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason."
—Old Trucker Saying