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About Bob

I'm just a guy living the dream in Redondo Beach, CA. After putting in 30+ years at a large aerospace company, I am now retired, and can do what I'm interested in. My main interests are writing and music. I'm a cellist and play with local amateur Symphonies and Theater groups. I've also got the urge to wander with my lovely wife Laura. This blog is going to be mainly about our travels via RV and other means. I'm sure I'll flesh this out more as time goes on.

Bugout Part 96 – The Long Straight Road

Bob:

Here’s the next chapter of Bugout! from my story blog.

Originally posted on Scagsdale's Tales:

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“Finally,” Jane said, looking at the sign for Colorado Springs.

“Once we get past the city, we ought to be able to fly,” Frank said. “Where are the cretins?”

“Still on route 87, but they’ve just barely made it past Castle Rock. The traffic must be horrendous.”

“People from Denver are on the run,” Frank said. “Thought they’d mostly be going east, but the roads might not be able to handle it.”

“We have to transition onto I-25 for a few miles, unless we want to be on surface streets through town.”

“Who’s leading now?”

“Gabe,” Jane said.

“Good, he probably knows the area better than anybody else. If he leads us off the highway, I’ll trust him.”

Jane’s phone rang. It was Hilda.

“Jane?”

“Hi, Hilda, how’s it going?”

“Fine. You saw that bad guys on route 87?”

“Yep, but they’re stuck in traffic. We’ll beat them through by…

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Bugout Part 95 – Flight from Denver

Bob:

Here’s the next chapter of Bugout! from my story blog.

Originally posted on Scagsdale's Tales:

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“This road isn’t that much better than the one we were on last night,” Jane said, gripping her arm rests.

“Oh, I think it’s a lot better,” Frank said. “At least none of it’s dirt, and it’s not dark out either.”

“Well, I think I’ll wait until it gets flat and straight before I start driving,” she said. “If you don’t mind.”

“I don’t mind at all,” he said, laughing. “I could use some coffee, though.”

“That coffee pod stuff going to taste good enough after the French press this morning?”

“It’ll be good enough,” Frank said. “When you’re camping, any coffee tastes good.”

“Baloney,” she said, laughing. “Romantic nonsense.”

“Well, it sounds good, anyway.”

“Alright, I’ll get the coffee machine cranking pretty soon, sweetie. Let’s see if the road gets straighter, though. I’ll probably fall on my ass trying to walk back there on this stretch.”

Mr. Wonderful sauntered…

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Bugout Part 94 – Aspen Morning

Bob:

Here’s the next chapter of Bugout! from my story blog.

Originally posted on Scagsdale's Tales:

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Frank woke up, startled. He was in a cold sweat. It was a bad nightmare. The enemy had Jane, and they were about to start torturing her right in front of him. His heart was still pounding. He quietly got out of bed and looked at his cellphone. It was 4:45. He wasn’t tired, but then they were in bed before 10:00 last night. He got dressed as quietly as he could, and slipped out of the bedroom, as Jane snored softly. Lucy was on him as soon as he got through the door, her nails clicking on the floor, her tail wagging.

“It’s too early, girl,” he whispered. “Settle down.” He switched on one of the small LED lights, picked up the iPad, and turned it on. The LTE caught quickly, and he loaded his long range app. The only change from the previous night was at the bridge…

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Bugout Part 93 – Barreling Down the Back Road

Bob:

Here’s the next chapter of Bugout! from my story blog.

Originally posted on Scagsdale's Tales:

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The road was getting harder to drive, especially in the dark. Tight switchbacks, thin sections, and steep grades, both uphill and downhill.

“What the hell road is this, anyway?” Frank asked.

“I don’t know,” Jane said, looking at her phone. “It’s not maintained very well. It was a smart way to go, though. Got to hand it to Gabe…he knew which way to lead us, even if this road isn’t fun to drive in the dark. It’ll get us onto route 82 going east. We can take that to route 24 going south. We’ll be way south of Leadville that way, and then route 24 cuts off straight to the east.”

“We almost to Aspen?”

“Yeah, it should be right over that next grade. I think I can see the glow already…look.”

“I see it,” Frank said. “No cretins showing up on the Long Range app?”

“Not a one, and…

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