Cowboys on the Road

Sam and I are going to rodeo school in Chandler, AZ in two weeks, to learn chute dogging. We’re going with the clothes on our backs, our rough stock gear, and some supplies in a duffel bag. We need boots. Size 13 for Sam, and 11 for me. Ropers, which means a lower heel and a more rounded toe. We’ll be trying to find those this week. I’ll probably just roll the dice on some cheap, used boots from eBay. Once we’re in Phoenix, we’ve got a car rented – for $10 – some econo-box Kia or something, because there wasn’t any place to rent old pickups. If it weren’t illegal to hitchhike (the 11 miles from the airport to the center of Chandler), we would, just for the fantasy of jumping into the back of some old man’s blue F250 and gettin’ a ride into town. We asked the rodeo school coordinator, Chuck, if there were any bunks in some stable loft or anything for us to crash in, but alack, there were none. So, in the absence of a bunkhouse, we’re hoping to find some old neon cowboy hotel right out of Thelma & Louise or Brokeback Mountain, and check in for sway-backed mattresses, snowy TV, and some good ol’ fashioned cowboy sex.

After we rise and shine, we’ll find a diner for some eggs and hash browns, and black, black coffee. We’ll likely poke around the rodeo gear shop there before going to the class at noon. We’ll have a few hours of chute dogging, visit the local gay cowboy watering hole for a beer, and then we’ll hop our return flight to L.A. at 7pm.

This year, Sam and I are going to make use of last minute opportunities found on airfarewatcher.com and other sites, fly to cities we’d like to visit, like Nashville, SLC, and Austin, and just wing it when we get there – for lodging, and maybe even wing it for transportation if we work up the nerve. This is our friend, Paul Horne’s worst nightmare, of course, which just makes it all the more appealing. I’ll keep you posted.


3 Responses to “Cowboys on the Road”

  1. 1 aporia24
    Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Wow that’s sounds like so much fun

  2. 2 MrsWaltz
    Sunday, January 6, 2008 at 10:49 am

    LOVE the new look of the site. LOVE that you’re going to rodeo school. LOVE that you can put your “real life” on hold for a short jaunt by picking up a duffel bag. HATE that I can’t be a fly on the barn wall to watch.

    Can’t say I’m not enthusiastic to the extreme, huh?

  3. 3 Myles
    Monday, January 7, 2008 at 10:45 am

    avoid salt lake city like the plauge!!!! i live here, trust me, not fun! haha!

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