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Monday, October 18, 2010

2010 SUMMER TOUR DIARY: Part Five

Part One / Part Two / Part Three / Part Four

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Part Five: JOSHUA TREE TO DENVER

From LA, we headed east into the desert, toward Joshua Tree, where my old pal Chantale (Longtime Spit and a Half customers: remember Misery and Vomit?) had opened a charming boutiquey little bookstore called Mt. Fuji.  I love the desert, as you may know.  Here are some pictures:


Heading into Pioneertown, Calif.




Welcome to Pioneertown, Population: Wha'?!?




Noah ponders his new life.


View from the house.




Yes.


Joshua Tree
(Yucca brevifolia)




Cat who's name I think was Muji.


Muji's friend.


Forgot her name.


Down on the corner.


The Mt. Fuji General Store.


Noah reads at Mt. Fuji to a small but enthusiastic crowd of desert weirdos and outlaws.


I promised Eric at Giant Robot I'd take pictures.  Chantale was worried they wouldn't look nice enough!  Could this shop BE any nicer?




CATS ARE AWESOME.




"Pioneertown" was a movie set created by Roy Rogers, that people later moved to and made into a real town.  Welcome to America.


I mailed Izzy a postcard from here.


Arizona; the Saguaros appear.


Outside Tucson.

I think by the time we got to Arizona, Noah and I were at that part of the tour where you just wanna kill yourself.  Consequently there are not many pictures from here on out...  sorry.


Approaching Albuquerque, New Mexico, from I-25.

We pulled into Albuquerque late, and tried to sleep in the car, but drunk college students kept accosting us.  So we drove to a truck stop north of town.  We were both in a VERY BAD MOOD.

The next day we woke up, did the signing, where, of all people cartoonist Jason Martin showed up! and then hit the road for Santa Fe, the last stop on the tour.

Cheyenne, Bram and Monica's dog, in Santa Fe.

That night we sat around a backyard fire and shot the shit about comics etc.  The next morning we had another signing, and that was it.  We made the drive up north, arriving in Denver after dark.  I almost slept in the car out of habit, but Dan (of Kilgore Books) took me in and provided shelter.  For that I say Thank You.

Outside Castle Rock, Colo.; dusk.

TOTAL MILES: 8,816


And on towards my fate...




2 comments:

  1. Awesome. You are a better man than I Mr. King Cat.

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  2. Those are some great photos. I want to go to that desert NOW. Your photography captures the spirit of the trips you take! Thanks a bunch.

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