Updates

(Where We Are Now)


Wed, 24 Apr 1996 21:53:16 -0600

This is a ****** day. For starters, I gave a presentation to the Mattie Rhodes staff meeting this morning. This organization is just around the corner from the studio. They are an art therapy and counseling center. They have also had a neighborhood after school and weekend art program for many years..(25?) Anyway, there was a great deal of enthusiasm to get involved in the building of the globe. One person does bead work, and offered to share some of her beads and talent. Mattie Rhodes also has a kiln. The art program director offered to have their kids start making some fish to go in our ocean.

I haven't fooled around with clay or beads much, but would like to learn. I think that ceramic fish would be very complimentary to the fiber textured ocean we are weaving. It would also be fun for lots of people to say they made a fish for the globe. Beading is also something that could invite many participants.

The second great thing is that Margaret and I got her loom moved over to the studio. It is a big old loom and looks inviting..

The third REALLY NEAT thing that happened was that I met MAZIE... (but I bet that isn't really how you spell her name....) Linda (who was also on the front page of the newspaper with me last week) brought her to help in the studio. This woman was a teacher for 47 years and said she still likes projects with kids helping. She is 85 years old and very creative. She said she had just spent 15 days in the hospital, but looked good to me. Amazing Mazie worked for three hours solid. When she was leaving she said she'd like to weave a whole big piece of wire herself, but then came up with the idea of using some plastic canvas which could be woven into the ocean later. Then she saw some metallic ribbon with holes in it from an old flower arrangement, and decided she could weave that instead. We made a bag of special stuff for her to take home and experiment with. I look foreword to seeing what she makes.


Wed, 24 Apr 1996 21:44:33 -0600

It has been three weeks since our last update....seem 's I am just not back into the routine of communicating. I would like the journal to reflect more than just the many steps of organizing, but that's what's been keeping me busy. Well here are the recent highlights:

***Friday, April 5*** -- BFI (Browning-Ferris Industries, Inc., one of the largest publicly owned international waste management companies) agreed to sponsor the home page.

Saturday, April 6-- Margaret Farnsworth agreed to help organize Holly.... a major undertaking, but this lady is very talented, and she has known Holly most of her life.

Monday, April 15--There was a BIG color photo (of Holly and some helpers) and a nice story on the front page of the Kansas City Star. I don't particularly like spending time with reporters. I much prefer doing the work, to talking about it, but my family and friends were all real proud of the coverage. They probably would also have been proud to see the Friday evening (April 13) news on channel nine, but they all missed it because I forgot about the camera crew's visit. I got home that night just in time for the 10 o'clock news. Since I haven't practiced watching TV for a very long time, I couldn't figure out how to tell what station the TV was on. There are these little green numbers on the screen, but they don't seem to mean much. I think I finally figured out that channel 9 was really eleven on the screen, but by that time I missed our story. Nobody has said anything about it, so must have been a quick blurb.

Wednesday, April,17-- Margaret and I visited BFI's main office in Kansas City, Kansas. We met with Kimberly, who gave us a great tour, and introduced us to BFI's Mobius Recycling Curriculum offered to elementary schools. Look forward to a link on our sponsor page to find out more.

***Friday, April 18***--BTG (Bridging the Gap) visited the studio and volunteered to coordinate the research of materials for our home page. Look foreword to a link about them too.

Meanwhile, in the Studio, we have been making ocean by cutting strips of anything blue and weaving them into one inch chicken wire. Since the earth will be 44 foot in circumference, we started the ocean with 22 foot x 2 foot strips of chicken wire. It seems to be most convenient for people to work sitting down, holding the wire in their laps.

Weaving ocean is a task that people of all ages and abilities can do. There is no right, or wrong way. We have had as many as twenty people working at once on one strip, and it is fun to see all the different techniques that are evolving.

****Special Invitation to all educators**** You are invited to an Open Cave to see what EarthWorks is all about on Wed. April 24, or Tues. April 30th 5-7pm. Call the Learning Exchange to RSVP by April 22 (phone:816-455-8886 ).


Fri, 29 Mar 1996 07:35:51 -0700

For Six weeks Holly has been in Kansas City organizing the building of the great globe. To summarize:

1. An Open House / Exhibit was planned for Friday March 22, at a new gallery in town, the el dorado inc., 1712 Main. 2. A studio was set up in the old Switzer school on the west side. It is a great old gym, and has been made available to us by the Heart of America Family Services Family Focus Center which is located in that building. This is a great group of people that will be a lot of fun to work with. Speacifically, they have a program called Project Early which works with women in their first trimester of pregnancy and their families . The program provides prenatal and nutrition classes as well as counseling for the entire family for five years, until that child enters kindergarten. 3. A new team of people have been recruited to build build a home page for the project, and Tyrell has offered to provide service for it.The EPA has offered to help research some of the materials used in the globe. 4. Much more has happened, but these are the highlights. Look foreward to regualr updates from now on.

THE BIG PARTY, March 22, 1996

The Open House at el dorado inc. on Friday, March 22 was packed with lots of enthusiastic guests bearing blue gifts. Offerings ranged from a blue glass rosary to blue jeans. The Saturday and Sunday work sessions sorted materials by colors and arranged them in the window of 1712 Main, attracting many passer-bys. The exhibit shows sketches of the continents drawn to scale. The surface distance between poles is 22 feet, so North America, for example, is about 11 feet. A special highlight of the evening was Margaret Farnsworth offering to set up her loom at the studio next week so we can weave different textures. > >What's Next? March 30, 31, 1996 >If you missed the exhibit last weekend, you have another chance this weekend. Plans are to start making the ocean by weaving strips of fabric in and out of chicken wire. No real skill is necessary, all ages welcome. Visit el dorado inc. 1712 Main from 12 to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, March 30,31. > >Sunday evening we will start taking down the exhibit, and Monday everything will be moved to the permanent studio space at the Heart of America Family Services Family Focus Center (1829 Madison) .We are expecting to be building the earth April 2-June(?). Area residents of all ages and abilities are welcome to help. Studio visits may be scheduled 9am-8pm Monday-Wednesday, and 9am-4pm on Thurs, and Fridays. If you are interested in helping, send email or call 426-1927. >


We are home in Socorro

Thu, 11 Jan 1996 08:47:21 -0700

After all 33 counties and 4000 miles we are at home in Socorro living in George's house since Holly's is still rented for another 8 months. We will be here for about a month then off again. STAY TUNED FOR A REDESIGNED HOMEPAGE.


Almost Home

Fri, 05 Jan 1996 21:15:51 -0700

Dear friends,

The bicycling adventure that we call "Project New Mexico" has been on the road now for exactly six months. We have traveled 3900 miles, through each county of New Mexico. Today we entered our last, Sierra county. We have just over a hundred miles left to reach Socorro, and hope to pedal into town on Monday. On this adventure, we have discovered a wide range of life styles and have met over a thousand people, many of which have become our friends. We have given over fifty slide shows to schools, Senior Centers, and civic groups. Our home page on the Internet, sponsored by New Mexico Tech (http://www.nmt.edu/~bridge), has received several awards. Four community collaborative public art projects were completed at the following locations:

Zuni: "The Passing of Oral Traditions": Two larger than life permanent outdoor sculptures depicting a grandmother in traditional clothes talking to a little boy. These sculptures were made with the help of about fifty Zuni Residents, mostly adult disabled clients working at the recycling center. The sculptures were installed outside the ZEE Recycling Center in Blackrock.

Cimarron: "The Santa Fe Trail": This 7 x 14 x 12 foot tapestry depicting a wagon on the Santa Fe Trail was made with the help of about 250 elementary and high school students. It is on permanent display inside the Cimarron High School.

Roswell: "The Hands of Hope": A temporary installation in Reishman Park on Main Street featuring two 16 x 30 foot banners with 850 hands and messages of hope for the future, and six 2x life size figures representing our hope that people of different ages and cultures will join hands in friendship and peace. The "Hands of Hope" project will be moved to an interior location in mid-January.

Deming: "A Little Vineyard RV Park": This 3.5 x 6 x .5 foot tapestry depicting an elderly couple playing cards in front of their RV, was made over Christmas week with help from about 30 residents and visitors to the park. It is on permanent display in the Recreation Center of the Little Vineyard RV Park, 2901 Motel Drive East.

A mini exhibit and slide show are in the works, you will all be invited to this event at NM Tech Library towards the end of January. Would we do it again by bicycle? You bet. We look foreword to seeing you soon.

Your pedaling pals,

George MacLeod and Holly Hughes


Black Range Mountains

Fri, 05 Jan 1996 10:15:26 -0700

Thanks to our tech student technological wizzard, updates are back! Here's what's been happening:

Jan 2nd. We ended up meeting an old bicycling friend, Dan Boone, that started Socorro's bicycle shop several years back. He now lives in Hurley, so we reminisced, feasted, cleaned our bikes, had Internet show and tell, and enjoyed spending the night in his warm house.

Jan 3rd, Dan bicycled to Silver City with us, and showed us around town. Dan is 64, but kept up with George, leaving Holly in the dust. As we pedal, we often see nice things along the road, that Holly would surely pick up if her bike wasn't loaded. Dan is also the scavenger type, so he got the new green wash rag and screw driver that Holly hated to see lying unclaimed in the road. We splurged and spent the night in the historic Palace Hotel. Reasonable prices, refurbished period rooms, big old bath tubs, chocolate kisses on our bed, and a continental breakfast including fresh breads, fruit, juice, and coffee made this a spot we would highly recommend if you are in the area.

Jan 4th. We woke to a beautiful sunny day that got into the high fiftys. Had a delightful ride over the mountains to Mimbers. We met up with Carl and Sylvia from Las Cruces at their friends, Ramona and Don's. They have a neet house that they have been building for several years. Ramona is quite handy and a good artist. Highlights of the home are some wonderful wooden doors, and stain glass windows that she made. Like Holly, she is full of ideas, and projects.

Jan 5th. Today we will cross Emory Pass enroute to Socorro. Sierra County will be our last county of Project N.M. Our proposed route and schedule will be a stop in Hillsboro, T or C, and Muligan Canyon before or arrival home.


Happy New Year

Thu, 04 Jan 1996 21:30:55 -0700

Howdy folks! We discovered that our updates all disappeared when we tried to send them last time. Brief summary of the past week:

While in Demming Holly started a mini art project at the Little Vineyard RV Park, but got sick with the flu. George took off to ride through Hidalgo and Grants counties, but left Holly in good hands with new friends. Instead of finishing the art project for Christmas, it was finished on New Years. It is a 3.5 x 6 foot wall hanging of a couple playing cards in front of their RV. It was made entirely of trash contributions from the park visitors and residents. About 30 people got involved, and we all had a lot of fun. Most of it was sewn together with nylon fishing line, and we were luck to have to retired nurses (one of them a surgical nurse), who were really good at makig knots in the tangly thread.

The weather continues to be cold and windy. We left Demming yesterday afternoon in a break in the weather. Had a nice twenty mile ride before making camp, slept cozy in the tent due to heavy clouds. Woke to a bit of wind, but nice sun, and rode thirty miles to Hurley where we will spend the night with an old friend. We learned that it has snowed all day in Demming, so we are really glad we left yesterday before we got caught. On to Silver City tomorrow.


Happy New Year

Thu, 04 Jan 1996 21:30:52 -0700

Howdy folks! We discovered that our updates all disappeared when we tried to send them last time. Brief summary of the past week:

While in Demming Holly started a mini art project at the Little Vineyard RV Park, but got sick with the flu. George took off to ride through Hidalgo and Grants counties, but left Holly in good hands with new friends. Instead of finishing the art project for Christmas, it was finished on New Years. It is a 3.5 x 6 foot wall hanging of a couple playing cards in front of their RV. It was made entirely of trash contributions from the park visitors and residents. About 30 people got involved, and we all had a lot of fun. Most of it was sewn together with nylon fishing line, and we were luck to have to retired nurses (one of them a surgical nurse), who were really good at makig knots in the tangly thread.

The weather continues to be cold and windy. We left Demming yesterday afternoon in a break in the weather. Had a nice twenty mile ride before making camp, slept cozy in the tent due to heavy clouds. Woke to a bit of wind, but nice sun, and rode thirty miles to Hurley where we will spend the night with an old friend. We learned that it has snowed all day in Demming, so we are really glad we left yesterday before we got caught. On to Silver City tomorrow.


Stuck in Demming

Thu, 04 Jan 1996 21:18:12 -0700

Howdy folks! If you were betting on Holly not finishing the art project on Christmas day....well, you were right. All day my throat was tickling, and by the night fever set in. The day after Christmas, there I was laying around sick as a dog. George nursed me with a great concoction of hot chicken broth, lemon juice, and red chili pepper, and started thinking up New Plans. He found a couple named Jake and Barbara that offered to let me stay in their camper van to recuperate. Wednesday George left me still sick but in good hands. He is to do a southern loop through Hachita, Animas, Rodeo, and Lordsburg catching Hidalgo and Grants counties. When he returns we will only have one county left, Sierra! Today is Thursday, I slept all day but am feeling better. Hope to be all well tomorrow, then I can finish my mini masterpiece. George called in today he is making good milage and plans to be back Friday pm.

Plans now are a party with slide show, unveiling of the project and welcome home to George at the Little Vineyard Recreation Center 7 pm tomorrow (friday). The pre party will start in the swimming pool and hot tub with George's late afternoon arrival. Join the festivities, spend the night, and ride with us Saturday to Silver City.

Will fill you in on the project's progress tomorrow, Holly


Heading West from Las Cruses

Wed, 20 Dec 1995 10:17:05 -0700

Our route will take us along the frontage roads of I 10 to Deming, then Southwest to Hachita and Rodeo. We will have our Christmas somewhere between here and Silver City, so keep an eye out for a star on top of a tent or a bicycle with a flashing red nose. MERRY CHRISTMAS


Las Cruses, NM

Mon, 18 Dec 1995 21:12:05 -0700

Arrived Las Cruses this afternoon after a chilly ride across the Missile Range and Organ Mountains. We had a great time in Alamagordo. The evening was spent at the Zoo, where they had a Christmas program with the way lit by luminarios. The Mayor's wife invited us to set up our tent in there backyard. If you are ever in Alamagordo be sure and visit the Zoo (100 years old) and the train display at the old depot. We will be in Las Cruses for a couple of days visiting friends, then on to Deming and the SW counties.


Alamagordo, NM

Fri, 15 Dec 1995 17:22:47 -0700

Our path took us through the Hondo Valley to Ruidoso for a snow festival. There wasn't any snow which was the purpose of the event. It was a great party that we got to help with and met lots of new friends. From Ruidoso we rode through the Mescalero Indian Reservation to Mescalero Village where we found a dirt road straight up the mountain to Cloudcroft. Beautiful ride with zero traffic. It was cold in the mountains but Alamagordo is a warm 50 degrees. We will check out the sights in the area for a day or two, then on to Las Cruses.

LOG: Water bottles froze last night. George has had a rash of broken spokes. 3100 miles. Four counties to go.


Headed for Ruidoso

Sun, 10 Dec 1995 09:36:08 -0700

We are leaving Rowsell as soon as it warms above freezing. Our revised route be through Ruidoso with a stop to visit the Luis Jimenez Studio. We should be in Las Cruses by the end of the week. As we depart the SE part of the state we leave behind lots of memories and new friends but look forward to what the last five counties will have to offer.

LOG: 3000 miles. Low temp, 19 degrees. 5 months & 1 week on the road for Project New Mexico.

Come join us for the last leg which should offer lots of fun riding and new adventures.


The Party's Over

Sun, 03 Dec 1995 13:26:40 -0700

Howdy folks, yesterday was the Big Party. George's daughter, Amy, came up from Albuquerque so we had a lot of fun. My favorite things were the African Market Place and the roller blade trick skaters. In the African Market there was a man who had lived 17 years in Africa. He brought his personal collection of masks, tools, furniture, and great stories. The roller bladers had low pipe fences set up in the street that they skated on like a balance beam, and ramps which they were able to skate off, do a flip in the air, and land on their feet, all of course, in the biggest, baggiest clothes possible.

The Hands of Hope project was a big success. The banners were pieced together to make two 16' x 28' sheets that were hung from the buildings on both sides of the park. There were 850 hands of hope and 175 caricatures. People wrote lots of interesting things, most hopes were for peace and family togetherness. One I expecially liked sai,."There are golden ships and silver ships, but the best ships are friend ships.

Seven figures representing different cultures and ages were mounted from the fence posts holding hands. They stood 12-18 foot high and were made mostly from Roswell trash found in the streets. The piece will be installed for a month. Now we have to figure out where the figures will live when they are taken down.

Figure details: Each piece had a chicken wire frame with various item sewn and wired on to it. KID: Face and arms: brown plastic furniture packaging. Hair: fringed tire inner tubes. Eyes:cut and pieced from a brown plastic non-dairy creamer bottle and a root beer can. The mouth: red garden hose. The T-Shirt and pants: MacDonald's toys (from their boxes of extra out-dated sales themes) and old toys form a few local families.

SENIOR CITIZEN: Face: tan colored Schlotskey's garbage bags. Hair: plastic six pack holders. Eyes: the bottoms of bluis plastic bottled water containers and CD's. The figure is a woman in a green and yellow suit dress combo from various packagings and a bright holly corsage.

BUSINESS MAN: Face: Brown plastic leaf bags. Hair: shiney black video tape. Shirt: White plastic woven sand bags from the city with collar and cuffs from onion bag lables. Tie and suspenders: Things used to milk cows from local dairies. Belt: woven from stainless steel and black metal strapping highlited with a yellow measuring tape. Belt Buckle: Video cassette, CD, and a a black plastic square from the holes in the bottom of trash cans. Pants: Black plastic pannels used as tree protectors in the Main Street reconstruction.

SPANISH DANCER: Face & arms: Tan construction packaging. Eyes: Coffee cans. Lips: Red plastic hawian punch bottle. Dress: Red, green and white vegetable bags woven into the chicken wire. Braclets: Black plastic and golde coffee been bags. Belt: conchos made of CD's.

ALIEN: Blue K-mart bags, clear packaging, and C's. Nose: blue anti-freeze container. Eyes: Black micro-wave frozen food containers.

TEENAGER: Clothes: Big black baggy t-shirt decorated with old 45 records. Face still in progress.

CITY WORKER: still in progress.


Roswell, NM

Tue, 28 Nov 1995 18:10:26 -0700

George is back in Roswell after touring the SE part of New Mexico. Holly is moving along with the art project for the Main Street Block Party this Saturday (Dec. 2). We had snow on the ground this am but melted by noon. It is forcasted to be a great day for the party so come on down for a visit. Our plan is to leave Roswell on Monday (Dec. 4) and head West.


Happy Thanksgiving

Fri, 24 Nov 1995 08:21:55 -0700

Thanksgiving dawn burst into a beautiful warm sunny day. I road my bike about ten miles out to the community Thanksgiving Dinner. Inside a band played spanish music while a thousand people passed through the dinner line. Outside I had several tables set up where people made their Hands of Hope, and I drew caricatures. In the evening I visited two of the families that had invited me to their homes and got a message from George.

George spent Thanksgiving in Carlsbad with friends. When I called he was in the hot tub. He has been having a nice ride, very warm weather. The scenery hasn't been anything special, but people have been stopping him on the road to see what he's up to. He broke a couple of spokes on his bike, so friday will be a fix-it day. He plans to take a boat ride up the river to see all the Carlsbad christmas light decorations friday night.


Happy Thanksgiving

Thu, 23 Nov 1995 11:06:21 -0700

Howdy folks! Yesterday I promised to tell you the plans of my project. Here they are:

THE SPACE: I have been given a site called Reishman's Park (spelling?). It is actually a space between two buildings where another building was torn down. The park area is about 40 ft wide and 40 ft deep. The buildings on either side are actually about 200 ft long, the space behind the park is parking. The park area has been bricked in, has a couple of cement tables and benches, two small trees and a four foot wooden fence separating it from the parking space. The fence has two sections set at an angle with a walk way through the middle giving the impression of a semi circle.

THE CONCEPT: If people don't have a hope, a dream, a wish to strive for, it is easy to get stuck in an unfullfilling rut. This project will create an environment expressing the individual hopes of Roswell residents, and the important theme of multicultural unity. People of all cultures, ages, and walks of life, will be invited to participate.

THE PROJECT: HANDS OF HOPE I have collected a stack of fabric used to make the bags from the cotton gin. They will be sewn together to make giant banners. The fabric is a pale green woven plastic. People participate by tracing their hand on the fabric, writing a message of HOPE, and signing their names. On some banners, I am drawing caricatures of many faces of the people. For the party on Dec. 2, the walls of the park will be covered with the Hands of Hope and faces of Roswell residents. Some giant figures representing different cultures made of Roswell trash will rise up from the fence holding hands. During the party there will be music and dancing in the park. The piece will be up for a month.

STARTING THE PROJECT; Wednesday started with an invitation to a Thanksgiving lunch with TOBOSA staff and clients. TOBOSA is a program for disabled adults. There were about 300 people at the party. I arrived with my banners and markers, and had a lot of fun helping people make their hand prints. Later in the afternoon the famous artist, Luis Jimenez was installing a great sculpture on a Main Street corner. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce arranged for the piece to be on loan for the Party. Using Luis's flat bed truck as a table, I visited with the crowd of by standers, and got a lot more faces and hands. The evening ended at Mario's Bar with a long history of the Hispano Chamber of Commerce from its founder and president, his wife, and a city counselor. They are developing a leadership program for multicultural unity which will be offered at the college next semester. By the end of the day, eight people had invited me to spend Thanksgiving with their families. Every single invitation was special and would have be delilghtful to accept, but I have another plan.

Happy Thanksgiving to each of you, Holly


Roswell continues

Thu, 23 Nov 1995 11:00:53 -0700

>To: bridge >From: bridge@nmt.edu (Chain Reaction) >Subject: Roswell continues > >Sunday George and I treated ourselves to Thanksgiving dinner at the Furrs Cafeteria. As I was riding him out of town, we came to a cotton gin. The door was open, so we decided to check it out. Since they had just shut down, the supervisor, Elroy, gave us a tour and even showed us the inside of the machines. I spotted a pile of dusty old bags in the corner which are now a major part of my art project. Two miles down the road, I said good bye to George and decided to wonder down to a fresh vegetable stand I saw. There I was greeted by a dozen scare crow characters, which clued me in that someone there was very creative. I met Harold and Floy Hobson and learned the farm has been in the Hobson family since the turn of the century. They invited me to look through their giant cement barn to see if I might find something for my project, of course, I did. > >Monday was busy meeting the mayor, getting permission to use a certain site for my project, and finding an empty building to turn into a studio. I was invited to an elaborate Jewish Thanksgiving gormet dinner. In the night I came up with my plans for the project. I will call it The Hands of Hope. > >Tuesday morning was sent with city employees visiting the recycling center where i collected a pile of great non recyclable plastics to use. At lunch I gave a slide presentation to the Keep Roswell Beautiful. They became the first participants in the Hands of Hope, agreed to fund what ever materials I need and money for food. > >Now it's Weds, look for another update and project details tomorrow. >


Roswell continues

Thu, 23 Nov 1995 11:00:49 -0700

>To: bridge >From: bridge@nmt.edu (Chain Reaction) >Subject: Roswell continues > >Sunday George and I treated ourselves to Thanksgiving dinner at the Furrs Cafeteria. As I was riding him out of town, we came to a cotton gin. The door was open, so we decided to check it out. Since they had just shut down, the supervisor, Elroy, gave us a tour and even showed us the inside of the machines. I spotted a pile of dusty old bags in the corner which are now a major part of my art project. Two miles down the road, I said good bye to George and decided to wonder down to a fresh vegetable stand I saw. There I was greeted by a dozen scare crow characters, which clued me in that someone there was very creative. I met Harold and Floy Hobson and learned the farm has been in the Hobson family since the turn of the century. They invited me to look through their giant cement barn to see if I might find something for my project, of course, I did. > >Monday was busy meeting the mayor, getting permission to use a certain site for my project, and finding an empty building to turn into a studio. I was invited to an elaborate Jewish Thanksgiving gormet dinner. In the night I came up with my plans for the project. I will call it The Hands of Hope. > >Tuesday morning was sent with city employees visiting the recycling center where i collected a pile of great non recyclable plastics to use. At lunch I gave a slide presentation to the Keep Roswell Beautiful. They became the first participants in the Hands of Hope, agreed to fund what ever materials I need and money for food. > >Now it's Weds, look for another update and project details tomorrow. >


New Plans

Sun, 19 Nov 1995 10:27:36 -0700

After arriving in Roswell, we discovered the newly opened Main Street will be having a BIG street party and parade on Dec. 2 to celebrate a long reconstruction project. They are in the midst of recruiting artists to do projects, so Holly has decided to stay. George will pedal a loop east to Hobbs to visit Lea county, back west through Artesia in Eddy county and return to Roswell for the party. Holly will keep the computer and attempt to keep the updates coming. She has been avoiding the computer, so she had to have a crash course this morning....wish her luck!

YOU ARE ALL INVITED TO THE BIG PARTY DEC. 2 from NOON to MIDNIGHT. Main Street will come alive with shopping specials, music, dance, art events, food, electric light parade & A HOLLY HUGHES MASTERPIECE.

To find out more about the party or get a message to Holly call the Main Street office at 622-5252. Mail for the next two weeks can be sent to Holly at: Roswell Cultural Affairs Council, P.O. Box 2271, Roswell, NM 88202.


Roswell, NM

Thu, 16 Nov 1995 17:34:18 -0700

Arrived Roswell this morning. We will be here for a few days to see the Anne Frank Exibit and Museums. George has some old friends to visit. They also have a Main Street Project that we want to visit and experience.


Hondo, NM

Wed, 15 Nov 1995 14:38:50 -0700

After two days meeting new friends in the White Oaks Canyon area, we arrived in the village of Hondo. The school district here asked us to give programs to their students. The student body was a pleasure to work with. That mades us feel good. From here it is on to Roswell, where we plan on spending a couple of days. Weather continues to be excellent. We have good karma..........


White Oaks

Sun, 12 Nov 1995 16:08:09 -0700

Visited Carrizozo and rode to White Oaks to see the new inhabatants. Lots of artists are fixing up the old homes. We met Peter, who bought a great victorian home that he will turn into a family home and studio. From here we will travel east on dirt roads towards Roswell or Capitain. Beautiful weather continues.........


On the road again

Fri, 10 Nov 1995 08:35:54 -0700

We left Socorro late this morning with winter clothes and repaired equipment. Our route will be east on US 380 toward Roswell. Saturday we will be joined by friends for the weekend. Sunday will be a tour of Carrizozo. We expect to be Roswell mid-week.

Ten counties to go.


Socorro, NM

Mon, 06 Nov 1995 12:26:56 -0700

We arrived in our home town yesterday for a brief visit while we winterize and do gear repairs. So far we have covered 22 counties and have 10 to go. Our total mileage to date is 2400 miles. Our trip through the northern half of the state has been most enjoyable and educational. We never realized how diverse the different areas of the state are. We look forward a diverse southern half of the state of New Mexico..


Mountainair, NM

Thu, 02 Nov 1995 23:18:28 -0700

After several days head wind we reached Mountainair just before chilly rain. Tonight we are treating ourselves to a room in the historic Shaffer Hotel. We had a great dinner at the Hummingbird Resturant and got to know the owner. Tomorrow we will continue our journey west toward Socorro for a brief stay before heading back east again toward Roswell.


Fort Sumner, NM

Mon, 30 Oct 1995 19:24:11 -0700

We have moved down through the Eastern Counties and are presently in De Baca. Tomorrow we will be giving programs to the Ft. Sumner School. They have a soda fountain in town that has delicious old fashion milk shakes. Tomorrow, after school and one more milk shake for the road, we will head West for Vaughn and Moutainair.

Log: 2100 miles, two new rear tires, construction of one haunted house, a beautiful ride across the Bell Ranch.


Headed South to beat the storm

Fri, 27 Oct 1995 07:47:05 -0600

Left Roy this morning enroute Conchas Lake through the Bell Ranch. Should be in Tucumcari by the weekend. The last few days in Roy were spent getting to know the people and helping the students build a haunted house for Holloween. From Tucumcari we travel SE to Curry and Roosevelt Countys then West to Fort Sumner and Vaughn.

Chilly mornings but nice days with gentle head winds.........


Roy, NM

Wed, 25 Oct 1995 15:07:02 -0600

Arrived in Roy yesterday after several days of windy riding. Spent Sunday with a ranch couple, he was 90 and she 84, to get out of 50 mph winds. Great visit and learned lots since they have lived there for 65 yrs. Tuesday we spent the day giving programs in the Roy School System. It too is a special school with really neat teachers and students.

The tempuratures in the mornings have been in the low 20's so we are testing our survival and snuggle skills.


Miami, NM

Sat, 21 Oct 1995 11:11:43 -0600

A day and a half late we are back on the road. The dedication of the Santa Fe Trail wall sculpture was described, as by on of the teachers, as electrifying. It made us feel really good about our stay in Cimarron. More about the project to follow in the stories section. Last night we had dinner with new friends in Miami. What a beautifull place and friends. This afternoon we head east for on Rt 56 towards Gladstone then south to Roy for day of school programs on Tuesday.


Cimarron, NM

Mon, 16 Oct 1995 15:53:31 -0600

The Santa Fe Project is coming to a close. There is planned dedication on Wednesday and we will be on the road by Thursday morning headed for Miami and Springer on Rt 21. From Springer we go to Gladstone, then south to Roy where we have been invited to give a program at the schools. After Roy we will be on a dirt road along the Canadian River Valley to Conchas Dam. The weather has been beautiful and is suppost to stay nice the rest of this week. Come join us on the ride.....


Cimarron, NM

Tue, 10 Oct 1995 16:21:33 -0600

We are still in Cimarron and will probably be here for another week. It takes at least three week to get people involved in a community art project and this is our third week so everybody wants to be involved. We are getting lots of support and invitations to dinner and parties. However it is getting colder daily, so when we do depart we have to take some extra clothes from our old clothes cache that was used for the art project.

If you like brisk morning rides plan to join us the middle of next week for tour through NE New Mexico.


Cimarron, NM

Wed, 04 Oct 1995 09:31:07 -0600

We are still in Cimarron at the High School working on the wall scuplture of the Santa Fe Trail. Our collection points have yeilded some great material to work with Almost every day we are asked to do a presentation at one of the classes in the school system. We have created a lot of excitment and are making many new friends.


Cimarron, NM

Fri, 29 Sep 1995 14:50:06 -0600

The second art project of Project New Mexico has started in the Cimarron HS. It will involve the studends of K-12 and community members form Cimarron, Eagles Nest, Rayado, Miami, and Angle Fire. The project will be a wall sculpture depicting the Santa Fe Trail as it looked a 150 yrs ago. The process of collecting the necassary materials is in progess and a temperary studio is being prepared.

Anyone interested in participating come on by and visit one of the neatest schools we have come across.


Cimarron

Wed, 27 Sep 1995 09:07:56 -0600

We are still in Cimarron. The way it looks right now this will be our second stop to do a community art project. Today we will meet with serveral groups to discuss the what and where part of the upcoming project. Everybody feels that the community would benifit by having a project that all could get involved.

Cimarron is in a beautiful part of New Mexico so we invite you to come for a vist and maybe do some fishing.


Cimarron, NM

Mon, 25 Sep 1995 22:24:28 -0600

Arrived Cimarron yesterday and gave a program to the senior center today. Tomorrow we will be at the K thru 12 grades giving programs. Weather has gotten better but still a little chilly in the nights.


Los Alamos

Mon, 11 Sep 1995 16:54:19 -0600

We are still in Los Alamos. Progress on the computer updates are moving forward with minor problems getting the homepage straightened out. Some of the bike parts have been found but it looks like the rest will have to be found else where.


Los Alamos

Fri, 8 Sep 1995 18:08:40

We are presently in White Rock, a subdivision of Los Alamos, staying with a Search and Rescue friend. Our stay here will be until the end of next week while Holly makes a quick trip back to Kansas City due to the death of a close friend. George will stay in the Los Alamos area and work on the homepage and bikes. We should be back on the road by next weekend (9-16)


Chama

Fri, 1 Sep 1995 12:44:24

We arrived in Chama this morning. What a beautiful ride across the mountains. Will spend the night here to wash clothes and get a haircut. Tomorrow we will move on to Heron Lake for a day or two of fishing. From there we be going south on RT 112 toward Cuba and then west over the mountains to Los Alamos. We will probably be out of touch for some days to come.

Log: Milage 1100 mi. Weather is still hot during the day but cool at night.


Navajo Lake

Wed, 30 Aug 1995 10:36:40

Today we will moving from the lake to Chama with an arrival expected on Friday. The fishing has been good so we are well fed. Beautiful country and people.


Farmington

Sat, 26 Aug 1995 09:56:30

We spent last night in Farmington at Mom and Pops RV Park. Pop showed us his "G" guage railroad setup which was a great treat. This afternoon we will be heading to Aztec and maybe stay through Sunday to do some fishing. From there we will move to Navajo Lake for some more exploring and fishing. We should be in Dulce and Chama mid-week. Log: Milage, 920 mi. Places to buy food the last 4 days, 0 . Number of times we bummed water off of Navajos, 4 . Friendly Navajos we have met, All of them.

We will be looking for cross county mtn. riders to join us by next weekend.


Chaco Canyon

Wed, 23 Aug 1995 09:11:43

We have been without a phone for the past few days. Gave a program in Crownpoint and arrived Chaco Canyon last night. We will be here today and probably leave tomorrow on a back trail for route 371 and the Bisti Wilderness area, then on to Farmington Friday. Need to find a bike shop in Farmington for new peddles on Holly's bike. Lots of rain the past few days.


Back on the road

Wed, 16 Aug 1995 13:54:05

We had the dedication of the outdoor sculptures and are back on the road again. Tonight's (8-17) camp will be between Zuni and Gallup. Tomorrow we will spend most of the day in Gallup catching up on things from the past 5 1/2 weeks. Read about the Zuni art project in the stories section. Saturday we should be in Crownpoint and then onto Chaco Canyon Sunday. From there it is North, on Route 371, to Farmington.LOG: Milage to Zuni, 250mi. Miles ridden while in Zuni, 400mi. Hi cholesterol meals eaten in Zuni, Lots.


Zuni

Mon, 14 Aug 1995 08:47:32

It is Monday and we are still here in Zuni. The art project has turned into a master piece that the pueblo of Zuni and the people that helped build it will be proud of. As of today we plan on a departure North, Wednesday afternoon following a dedication celabration. We will probabley spend Thursday in Gallup and reach Chaco Canyon over the weekend. If you are in the Zuni area be sure and stop by the ZEE recycle project and see what the clients and Chain Reaction created for the Tribe.


Zuni

Tue, 8 Aug 1995 21:57:57

We are back from the conference in Albq. We discovered sleeping in the tent is a lot more pleasant than in a hotel room. The art project is approaching completion. We hope to be back on the road North this weekend. LOG: Still no rain. Milage to date, 578mi. High temp, 100 degrees


Zuni Fun Day

Wed, 2 Aug 1995 21:23:51

We are off to Albq Aug 3 and will return Sat Aug 5. On Sunday, Aug 6, the ZEE program will host a art project fun day. It will start at 1pm and end with a pot luck dinner at 7pm. All are welcome. The project is going very well. We hope to be done and back on the road by the middle of next week. Those interested in coming to the fun day the Zee project is in Blackrock, 2 miles East of Zuni village.


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