I basically finished the weathervane today so I just have to get it ready for transport tomorrow. Just a few things left to do so I don't have to be present when the vane is actually set and then I can use Thursday to get ready for the trip. One of the last things is to add a new ball bearing to the bottom of the main pole, so I stopped by an industrial supply on the way home today to purchase said piece. It took them a while to correctly size it but I believe I got something that will work. This business is just off the main highway I use but if you continue down the winding back road you dead-end into a old highway where the entrance to the main highway is. As I approached the old highway, where I had to turn right, I stopped to check for traffic and lo and behold but who do you guess was also stopped at the light, waiting to go in the same direction? Even though it's been over a year since I've really seen him, the timing between me and the Switchman is still dead on sometimes it seems. We waved and I pulled out, him behind me as we traced the same route to the main highway. We travel the same direction to our separate homes for several miles but I must exit first to go home. I wound my way through the neighborhoods until I got on the highway that leads to my house. It is the last leg of a sometimes tedious drive through farms and woods. Beautiful scenery but it often makes me sleepy, watching the rolling hills fly by. I felt myself falling into that hypnotic state when my phone rang. It scared the crap out of me to tell the truth. I jumped and the my heart jumped again when I saw the number displayed. I hate to say it sounded so nice to hear his voice again and we enjoyed a very animated conversation for several minutes. He sounded happy. I told him of my upcoming trip and yes, I told him that I was traveling with a man. He did not have anything to say about that but seemed genuinely happy for me to be able to go on such an adventure. He expressed the desire to do something similar.
Capt. Jack has actually done a pretty good job of taking his place amongst my thoughts but speaking to him again struck a nerve. I still miss his smiling face. But Capt. Jack and I are going to have a great time and I will bask in the attention that he so obviously enjoys showing me. I certainly enjoy his company too.
Thanks for all the suggestions of things to see in Texas and Arizona. We will definitely check them all out and see if we can get them in our route. If anyone knows of any other great places please let me know. We are planning on hitting San Antonio, Big Bend National Park, Carlsbad Caverns, Sedona, Flagstaff, maybe Taos, Winslow, the Grand Canyon but the trip home is still up for grabs. If we are passing near to your location and you want to meet a half-crazed female construction worker, just drop me a line and maybe we can do lunch, as they say.