Day 13 - Texas

Odin had a little engine tick, because he was lying to me. I've been checking the oil, just like a good van owner would, but he was showing me that he was full, when, as it turns out, he was nearly out of oil...and ready to give up on me any minute. I had planned on getting an oil change when I got to my first layover in Waxahachie, Texas, where my sister lives. Instead, I had to stay the night in Childress, Texas and go straight to the mechanic as soon as he opened. Thankfully, Cory and Jeremy, my new saviors, along with my brother, via the phone, figured out what was up and got me back on the road for less than $100. WHEW! It's also real damn hot here, so that's been a little challenge too...and we're rockin' the 2/55 style AC. (That's 2 windows down at 55 MPH) I think Odin will survive, and me and Clem too, but I'm gonna need you all to pull out whatever good vibe stones, herbs, prayers, incantations and voodoo juju you have to keep us healthy and running...k? Thanks. XO.

I was thinking a lot today about my mom. She and I have not always had the best relationship. But I think we have really grown closer in the past few months, and have gained some understanding of one another. We have so much love between us, but sometimes just don't see eye to eye because she still wants to mother me and I want to do whatever the hell I want to do. Pretty typical mother daughter struggle I would think. I'm glad we're learning how to respect each other, and support what the other needs. She is also a very strong woman, that never backed down from a challenge and worked just as hard as anyone around her to get shit done. I remember her driving to Wyoming with my sister and I in tow to see my dad while he was working there. She would also haul us and our horses all over the state for shows and trail rides on her own. If you live near her, and you drive by in the springtime, there's a good chance you'll still see her out on her riding mower taking care of the yard. There is a lot of her in me, and I need to recognize and appreciate that more. Love you ma.