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Akha Blog Page 14

Roswell, New Mexico Welcomes Aliens AND the Akha!
Nice Front Page story in the Roswell Daily Record.
www.roswell-record.com
Our first day in Roswell we got to visit the UFO Museum downtown and the kids had a good time. The UFO Museum staff were great and gave the kids their first Alien stuffed animals. The kids had waited a long time to get here, first looking at pictures in Arizona when we were looking over road routes to Dallas, and then there was no changing the route off the Hwy 380.

Roswell residents were friendly from the word "go" and helped us find a place for Hampton to stay and park the bus. Of course we have found all of the people of New Mexico to be quite friendly.

We will stay a couple of days and then head for Texas, and Dallas, where we are to meet up with one of the few Akha's living in the US.

UN Report Slams Thailand
A UN Report clearly states that the Akha did not give consent or get compensation for the alleged loss of their land to the Highland Development Station Project in Chiangrai Province (Run by the Royal Project for the Queen) first affecting the village of Hooh Yoh and then Pah Nmm.
UNHCR.ORG

We briefed the Special Rapporteur about these events starting in 2004 after our deportation for fighting this land seizure. Today that work has born fruit, and the world becomes aware of these events in Thailand forced against the Akha people. Since the seizure of these lands many young girls from these villages have been forced to go to Bangkok to find work and many young men have gone overseas, also many young men have ended up in prison for "infractions". Hopelessness and despair being at the top of the list.

The Queen must ANSWER! for her actions, and all the forestry officials, army, police who were involved in this.

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2009 - Thailand
Non-citizen hill tribes are among the most vulnerable groups. Without proper political status, they face expulsion when their temporary stay expires. Without nationality and treated as second-class citizens, they suffer multiple discrimination, including lack of access to land and deprivation of basic human rights.

In August 2008 the UN Special Rapporteur highlighted the case of the Akha indigenous people in Chiangrai province, whose land was allegedly seized in 2003 as a result of the Highland Development Station Project. The objective of the station was purportedly to serve as a 'centre of knowledge on agriculture for the hill tribe people'. The Akha claim that the project has left them with only a few small plots around the village, and they have lost their traditional livelihoods. The land seizure was reportedly accompanied by widespread harassment of Akha villagers by members of the military and forestry personnel. Villagers say they were not consulted, nor did they consent to the project, and they have not yet been compensated for their loss. The government has so far not responded to the concerns raised by the Special Rapporteur.

See link for full UN page.

Day 180 - Roswell, New Mexico Aliens and UFO's
Roswell, the people are so friendly it would seem logical that Aliens would crash land here if necessary over a place say like Phoenix.
Day 180 Roswell UFO

Day 179 - Roswell, New Mexico Aliens and UFO's
I get up real early since it rained on me, and ride for Roswell, getting there by mid day.
Day 179 - Roswell, New Mexico

Day 178 - Riverside
Well there isn't much to Riverside but Bella is trying to restart it. She has a big heart and is quite kind. I wish her the best of luck.
Day 178 - Riverside

Day 177 - Hondo
Another dried up town, followed by other dry towns, stores closed, gas stations closed, not much left.
Day 177 - Hondo

Day 176 - Capitan
Capitan is everything that Carrizozo lacks, a nice town, grocery, and friendly people. Something that glues the place together.
Day 176 - Capitan

Day 175 - Carrizozo
I go back for the bus, and Hampton gets another day of rest and food, while we enjoy spectacular views in the dried up town of Carrizozo. Day 175 - Carrizozo

Day 174 - Carrizozo
Across another mountain and down into a long long valley to Carrizozo, we can see the town and it is still 26 miles away.
Day 174 - Carrizozo

Day 173 - White Sands Bingham
A long day across the valley, passing the White Sands Missile base and the site of the Trinity Bomb Explosion we end up at Bingham and the strange Rock Shop.
Day 173 - White Sands Bingham

Day 172 - San Antonio
After waiting all day for the rains to end, and to finish the last emails, I head out towards White Sands Missile Range.
Day 172 - San Antonio

Day 171 - San Antonio
A short ride from Socorro to San Antonio. Getting last minute work done before we leave the cell phone area again, which I also use for email.
Day 171 - San Antonio

Day 170 - Vaccines
H1N1, will you take the vaccine? You had better think twice before you do, get on a vaccine discussion list. Not properly screened, the manufacturers given freedom from civil suit, and the constant fear mongering of the government about this pandemic.
Day 170 - Vaccines

Day 169 - Queen of Thailand Give Back the Akha Land
This is an update to the Queen of Thailand, the UN has now said that the Upland Hill Area Development Project took the land of the Akha people without consent or compensation. Time to give it back. This isn't going to o away. You are a rich Queen, but you are not a NICE Queen.
Day 169 - Queen of Thailand Give Back the Akha Land

Day 168 - Socorro
If you get to Socorro, stop by the Stage Door Grill. Good food, good music, good beer.
Day 168 - Socorro

Day 167 - Socorro
I ride into Socorro, a dusty town, not too hot as it turns out.
Day 167 - Socorro

Day 166 - Desert Valley
A late start, I ride half way across the next valley and camp out on a hillside, with a vast vista around me, the headlights swallowed up in the darkness that surrounds a small ribbon of highway.
Day 166 - Desert Valley

Day 165 - Magdalena
We ride across the vast Augustin valley, past the Very Large Array Radio Telescope, an interesting place to visit in itself, folks looking for the end of time. Wonder if they have found it. We get signals sent out from these galaxies that are billions of light years away.
Day 165 - Magdalena

Day 164 - Datil
Datil has a small corner store, hotel, RV park. The workers are friendly, as are the few people who live in town or drive by to Reserve where Mr. Baca had his historic shoot out. The store is closed Sundays. Has a cafe and small bar.
Day 164 - Datil

Day 163 - Pie Town
I move the bus on down the road, too bad about the pie.
Day 163 - Pie Town

Day 162 - Tony Lama Boots
Out of fairness I had to do this video. I bought a new pair of Tony Lama boots and in two weeks the soles had seperated. Crap. American made crap. Americans want all their stuff made in China, and any that is still made in the US is more often than not junk, fake workmanship, stripped down while telling everyone the box is bigger, they are getting more rather than less, like the business sector is smoking way too much pot. Tony Lama, make a good boot or close.
Day 162 - Tony Lama Boots

Day 161 - Pie Town
Pie Town was odd. Everything closed at 3pm. The Daily Pie Cafe and the Pie-0-neer. The pie was good at the Pie-0-neer but a verbally abusive "cowboy" who hung out at the place got us to leave early without spending any more of our money on their pies. Apparently they didn't care who they let hang around.
Day 161 - Pie Town

Day 160 - Quemado
Into the hills of New Mexico, we ride to Quemado, a very old town, ranchers and vast lands.
Day 160 - Quemado

Day 159 - State Line
Hampton and I head for the state line, eastern Arizona. Sad to leave our two friends in Springerville, we weren't sad to leave Arizona.
Day 159 - State Line

Day 158 - Bus Electrical
The headlights go out and I discover that they were rewired in a strange way to to use 12volt lights instead of the original 28volt lights. I rewire it to the original schematic.
Day 158 - Bus Electrical

Day 157 - Settlers vs. Apaches
Springerville offers a close up look at the Settler and Indian conflict, in this case the Apaches. The round valley at Springerville is obviously a choice jewel, as even in august it is a lush green grassland with trees and water. The Apaches grazed their animals here, stark contrast to the surrounding dry grass, juniper lava hills. Little wonder the Apaches were upset. But the settlers came with plenty of guns and back up and took the land and we could not find one Apache here now. A statue tells how courageous the settler women were, to brave the Apaches, but no mention is made of what happened to the Apaches who were driven off their land by force and various versions of the Bible. Taken with guns, new laws, lawyers, judges, courts were set up to enforce things called land rights. Not for the Apaches of course. With those land rights we got McDonalds.
Day 157 - Settlers vs. Apaches

Day 156 - Animals
The kids spend the day meeting all the animals and learning to ride ponies.
Day 156 - Animals

Day 155 - Springerville
I go back for the bus and the kids get to meet up with a lot of animals on the farm and go fishing too.
Day 155 - Springerville

Day 154 - Springerville, Arizona
A long day over the pass 7550 feet and the long drop down into Springerville. From trees to lava grasslands. We camp the night just outside of town.
Day 154 Springerville

Day 153 - Vernon, Arizona
I head out east and we have a good ride and a miserable night getting soaked by the rain.
Day 153 - Vernon, Arizona

Day 152 - Akha Meat Cake Recipe
Here is another great recipe video from Michu. Akha meat cake, and how to make it at home.
Day 152 - Akha Meat Cake Recipe

Day 151 - Marriage
People often ask us how we met, ten years ago, in an Akha village. Here is a bit of the story.
Day 151 - Marriage

Day 150 - YWAM Eden House
YWAM Eden House and C Street. I discuss what Eden House is doing removing Akha girls and its connection to YWAM plans world wide as brought to light by the recent C Street revelations.
Day 150 - YWAM Eden House

Day 149 - Akha Chili Sauce!
This is one of the best Akha recipes going, Akha Chili Sauce, or Sah Peeh Tauh as it is known in the Akha language.

Not a meal goes by without this on the table.

We show you what ingredients to buy, and how to put it all together. Use it with steamed vegetables or on other dishes.
Day 149 - Akha Chili Sauce

Will You Support the Ride for Freedom with $25 a Month?
August, 2009
Will you partner with us to support the Ride for Freedom as we continue education across the US about the Akha hill people and the problems they experience in Thailand?

We have found that very few people in the US even know who the Akha are, a few people who have traveled to Thailand recognize the pictures or the name, but few people know the extent of their situation in Thailand. 600,000 Akha, 70,000 of whom live in Thailand. A sizable population. Many towns we visit in America have a population of 5,000-100,000 to give a comparison.

We know we are increasing awareness about who the Akha are and what they endure. But we need your help to make the most of this journey, handing out cards, flyers, taking time in communities. We maintain this website, upload videos both here and on Youtube.com/akhazauh and do presentations when we are able to arrange them. We need things like feed, grain and hay, diesel for the bus, food, repairs, phone bill. You can help by pledging $10 - $15 - $25 a month by Paypal. This is a really small budget operation, we park the bus where ever we can, never pay to do so, get water where we can.

We could be making more of the opportunity to hand out literature if we had just a bit more help than we do now. We could also use volunteers who would spread the word ahead of us, contact TV and Newspapers along our route, as this is very useful.

The ride has become quite the journey for our family, sometimes easy, sometimes quite difficult. We don't have any official sponsors, we just do the best we can in the time we have to do this before we return to Oregon and continue our work.

Hampton the horse, we take great care to, feed him the best any horse can be fed, a dear friend to our children, we rest him often.

Thank you for considering to make a pledge to assist us on this journey. Your help is needed.

YWAM Eden House and C Street Wash. DC.
Here is an update, early August, 2009.
There is a lot of talk these days about the house on C Street and a few politicians who couldn't keep it zipped up. Turns out the house is rented by that creepy outfit The Family and is owned by that FREEKY outfit, YWAM, known for bashing kid's minds, cleaning out their credit cards and putting all the blame squarely on Jesus for their tactics.

Meanwhile its a good time to bring up YWAM's center in Chiangrai, (one of them) Eden House Children's Home. Just look up the name on google and also on youtube. Or check out "Prisoners of a White God" on Google Videos to see what its director Vern McCauley has to say about an Akha girl who was raped by a missionary.

Besides those details, what is the beef we have with this outfit? Well for one, they are removing Akha children from their villages and separating them from their culture and language. On the Eden House site it says that the only languages that are spoken are English and Thai. Obviously they don't care about language rights then. And why should they, they have already presented the case that Akha culture is dark and so why should it matter, right?

But the other problem is that YWAM at Eden House and other YWAM houses in Chiangrai that are taking children away from the Akha villages, they are presenting these children as distressed or as orphans, by their own definition, when in many cases they are not. This is not told to the donors and sponsors of these children. Further the parents are not told how much money is raised off their children in the mission and that this little deception is in process. If the young women are at risk in the village as they will be in life, then why not help out the village, why not address the issues that stress the village such as the Queen of Thailand taking farmland, the forestry taking farm land, the denial of basic human rights, ID cards, health rights, etc. to the villagers. Why don't we see the negative government actions listed at websites such as Eden House? Why is it Akha culture that is dark, rather than Thai culture, the very people busy abusing the Akha???

The problem goes further, because there are scores of missions all working on the same profile, taking children out of villages and calling them orphans to raise money from churches, and building themselves substantial mission compounds on these proceeds. River of Life, Eden House, Children of the Golden Triangle are just a few, but the list could go on. At the bottom of all of it is racism, that somehow the Akha are not good enough as Akha and that the faster their culture is destroyed and made white evangelical the better.

Not much to do with Jesus.

Where is the Bobby Morse Case?
Last we heard was that cash was flying around Chiangmai and girls and families were changing their stories about what happened with Bobby Morse and the North Burma Christian Mission. There has not been a publication of a court date. Was this squashed also? Where are the NGO's that take up young women's cases and offer support to these individuals? While we knew that nasty comments were made to a few people who even ran the story, that anyone would criticize a missionary of sexual abuse, the case hasn't really gone away.

If one is given to thinking that the cases of missionaries abusing children is a rare thing, then maybe they can check out this site: Mksafetynet.net. You may be a bit shocked at what you find, that abuse runs a lot further than just what the Catholics are up to, what is happening to tribal children. Abuse is also a reality for missionary kids in their own boarding houses. Also swept under the carpet, denied by the church and mission board. Maybe its time that the Missionary Kids got together with the tribal kids and put an end to it?

Web reports say that Bobby Morse is in ill health, that the roof got blown off the mission (send $12,000 bucks fast - maybe that is where all that loose cash came from) and that the latest visitors got robbed of all their earthly toys who came to help Bobby. Gee.

Day 148 - Rendition and Torture
In Thailand the US set up one or more secret prisons to move unknown prisoners to, free from legal representation. Rendition and Torture are not a part of the American dream and it is a disaster that the US now provides this kind of "leadership" and example to countries in the world which are already very good at torture, places like Thailand.
Day 148 - Rendition and Torture

Day 147 - Buying an RV
We have a good RV for the project, we take good care of it, make repairs, check parts, keep it clean and use it carefully. It is solid and well built and it had a good conversion, everything is pretty good quality. But there are a few tweaks. People asked us about the conversion and so we decided to make a video about it to help you if you are in the conversion process, the buying process or just thinking about it.
Day 147 - Buying an RV

Day 146 - Got Freedom?
Many Many people ask me about the words on the bus, "freedom". I think that people need to be taking their loss of freedom in America seriously, but it is going to mean less government, not more, more self reliance, not less, and who are going to be the people with the assured pensions and good jobs with the government who are going to be the first to get the pink slips?

Until Americans get fed up, nothing is going to change, and freedom is not free. Take note.
Day 146 - Got Freedom?

Day 145 - Akha Salad
Michu shows how to make an Akha salad. We hope you will make some and enjoy it as much as we do, especially in hot weather.
Day 145 - Akha Salad

Christians Wink at Torture
We have watched discussions like this and think the are very well connected to human rights for the Akha, and how missionaries can readily take away Akha children while paying little attention to the human rights situations that dramatically affect the Akha community.
Christians Wink at Torture

Day 144 - Reflections
A video interview I make about how the trip has gone so far.
Day 144 - Reflections

Day 143 - Gone Fishing
We take advantage of some spare time and the kids get a couple days of fishing in, which they really really enjoyed.
Day 143 - Gone Fishing

Hampton Gets New Shoes
Hampton got some new shoes put on last night, hooves are doing good, soon as we get some paperwork done we are moving east.

Thoughts on the Ride for Freedom
Show Low, Arizona July 2009
Its been months now that we have been on the road, both bus, hitchhiking and horseback riding with Hampton. The bus is well broken in, we have a routine, we eat, we sleep, we ride, we talk, we air our discontents, we take breaks, we go buy food when we have money, that and diesel. We linger now a bit in the mountains of Arizona knowing that the summer still has August in store for us. Soon though we head for New Mexico. We will cross New Mexico on Hwy 60 to Roswell and to Texas. But the kids saw all the Aliens in the pics of downtown Roswell, we are hardly altering the route now. Martians. Odd cover ups. Crashed UFO's. Government secrecy. Akhas searching America for alien beings, lost ancestors.

The bus holds up well. I do this and that adjustment to improve performance and maintenance. The Radiators are fine. We might put on a better exhaust, getting rid of the heat faster, maybe adding a third auxillary radiator wouldn't be a bad idea either.

How are we all doing? Well I think the kids and Michu get Bus fever sometimes when the scenes get boring. Each town is different. Some towns are just commercial enterprises. Show Low feels very much that way. There isn't any community center, no real "town" to speak of, just long commercial stretches, all the important franchises for consumer American life. One internet cafe. Rare when we have come to towns with this flavor. Maybe Apache Junction was a bit this way, but Apache Junction has the Superstitions, its main street has many various businesses that sport a lot of age, trailer parks, a snake hole golf course, a commercial strip still, but a bit of crusty flavor one could say. I mean if I had to have a strip, that wouldn't be too bad. But I'd just as soon pass, a down town, an old town, a place where people still own shops, not corporations, yes, that is still nice.

Another part of this trip that is different now is that everything to our west, well I have been over that for years. But its been years since I have been much out east or south, to places like New Mexico, Texas, and such, so I am really looking for the adventure of this part of the journey. My last trip across America by horse went through Colorado and Kansas.

How successful do I feel the trip is? Well, a lot more people know about the Akha than used to. As many as I would like? No. But we have 180 videos on Youtube and over 100,000 views of these videos, so that is a 100,000 times that people have heard the Akha story that they didn't hear it before. I hope that more and more people find their way to our youtube.com/akhazauh videos.

We park the bus in a lot of places. A lot of people see it and quite a few ask what it is all about. Course one can read a community a bit by how curious people are about the bus and how often they come up to us and ask questions. We appreciate it each time they do and give them cards, flyers, and lots of conversation about what we are working on.

Then sometimes everyone needs a break, watch a movie, go fishing, go visiting to someone who has taken an interest in our story, go to the store, buy some food everyone is craving. Right now we are eating lots of corn on the cob and watermelon when we can get it. 33 cents an ear isn't too bad. A couple bucks for a melon is nice.

Hampton is fat and doing well. He gets some attitude but always loves a good hug. Tomorrow he gets shoes.

Sometimes the media is interested, sometimes they are not. Used to be that the newspapers and such were busy presenting information to the public that was both interesting and educational, 600,000 people in SE Asia that people have never heard of is a start, but now of days many newspapers aren't interested in that at all, and its little wonder they are going under. The San Francisco Chronicle was the most striking case we know of that. They did do a short story under a photo but everything they wrote was wrong. Not that anyone cared?

We have a long ways to travel, we have many hardships to still cope with and overcome. We hope that a lot more people keep finding out about the Akha.

Oh, and another subject that a lot of people mention to us, is that there isn't much FREEDOM in the US any more. What can be done? Well, that is up to Americans. They have to turn off their TV's or something and stand up to a Government that is increasingly out of control and pushing them around. Changes are coming in America, and people will have to decide what they want those changes to be. Meanwhile we enjoy viewing a huge continent with all the weather and wonder it can offer, different characters in every town, fascinating people, everyone with a story of their own.

Day 142 - Show Low
I hitch back and drive the bus to Show Low, via Payson to be easier on the bus.
Day 142 - Show Low

Day 141 - Show Low
Finally out of the heat, to Show Low, and daily rain showers.
Day 141 - Show Low

Day 140 - White Mountain Apache
Welcome to the White Mountain Apache, a friendly hospitable people.
Day 140 - White Mountain Apache

Day 139 - Salt River Canyon
I ride down into the Salt River Canyon, very steep.
Day 139 - Salt River Canyon

Day 138 - Leave Globe
I ride out of Globe for Show Low.
Day 138 - Leave Globe

Day 137 - Radiators
I pull one of the bus radiators to check it, looks fine, so make other adjustments and repairs.
Day 137 - Radiators

Day 136 - Globe
I try to come up with some solutions to bus overheating problems.
Day 136 - Globe

Day 135 - Globe
We ride early into Globe and get some rest but still too hot for me.
Day 135 - Globe

Day 134superior
Early into Superior, then waiting out the heat and an afternoon thunderstorm, we ride out into the mountains towards Globe and sleep a cool night for the first time in six weeks.
Day 134 - Superior

Day 133 - Florence Junction
I move the bus to Globe and go back for Hampton, riding to the Florence Junction, glad Phoenix is behind us. We camp for the night in the desert.
Day 133 - Florence Junction

Day 132 - Beat the Heat
We do what we can to beat the heat.
Day 132 - Beat the Heat

Day 131 Mutiny
Too much heat and we have a mutiny, every one is too hot and patience gets frazzled.
Day 131 - Mutiny

Day 130 - The Akha Calender and 12 Akha Ceremonies
A discussion of the Akha Calender and 12 annual Akha Ceremonies
Day 130 - Akha Calender and 12 Akha Ceremonies

Day 129 - Boots and Lizards
Boots and Lizard Races. Lots of heat.
Day 129 - Boots and Lizards

Day 128 - The Queen of Thailand Has Stolen the Land
Michu describes what has happened to the land of her village, the severe hardship it imposes on her family, basically a death camp for the working elderly (younger generation has left the village after all the land was taken) and that the Queen keeps promising to give back the land but nothing has really happened. Her mother and others continue to work for starvation wages while the Queen reaps profits from the tea and coffee thus grown.
Day 128 - Stolen Land

Day 127 - A Spirit Woman Sings
Michu's mother, an Akha Gneeh Pah or Spirit Woman, sings a song about the village blacksmith known in Akha as a Bah Jeeh. He is one of seven elders in an Akha village.
Day 127 - Spirit Woman Sings

Day 126 - Akha Clothes
A special treat as we show how Akha clothes are embroidered, how the intricate head dress is put together and other Akha clothes. These people are very proud of what they make and wear. This is what the missionaries take great pride in destroying.
Day 126 - Akha Clothes

Day 125 - Akha Geneology
The Akha know their geneology back as many as 57 generations, knowing exactly who they are and where they came from and making sure they do not marry someone related to them closer than five generations. We recite Michu's geneology for you.
Day 125 - Geneology

Day 124 - Akha Alphabet
Here is the Akha alphabet as our kids work on their school work. 48 letters, 7 tones. The tones come easy with speaking the language.
Day 124 - Akha Alphabet

Day 123 - Bus Life
We cope with the heat and wait to gather enough money to replace the air conditioners on the bus. $700 each. This is bus life in a heat wave.
Day 123 - Bus Life

Day 122 - Desert Life
Living in a desert spot, close to the beautiful Superstition Mountains, like REAL CLOSE, observing all the beauty around us, the beautiful sunsets, and the occasional rattlesnakes. There seems to be a great competition among the Cactus People, to see who can hold their arms up in a more magnificent way.
Day 122 - Desert Life

Day 121 - Independence Day July 4, 2009
Fourth of July, 2009, less fireworks but plenty of heat, we celebrate in our desert hideaway.
Day 121 - Independence Day

Day 120 - Apache Junction Looking Back
I discuss the first part of the trip, and what I feel was accomplished.
Day 120 - Apache Junction Looking Back

Day 119 - Apache Junction Kids
The kids talk about the first third of the trip.
Day 119 - Apache Junction

Day 118 - Apache Junction Beauty
We have a beautiful place to rest in Apache Junction.
Day 118 - Apache Junction

Al Jazeera Video On Missionaries and the Akha
Al Jazeera does a report on the removal of Akha children by western missionaries. We should note that when the Muslims in south Thailand took fifty Akha children south, which we don't approve of, the US Embassy in Bangkok was all over it. But when American missionaries take away hundreds year after year, not a word is said.
Al Jazeera: Missionaries and the Akha
Missionaries Challenge Hill Tribe Culture - A mild way of titling the video we'd say.

Day 117 - Apache Junction Making Videos
I get a full day of rest and begin working on videos from the last week of hard travel.
Day 117 - Apache Junction

Day 116 - Apache Junction - End of Hell's Crossing
By early evening we pass another hot day and reach Apache Junction and re-unite with the family. Ah Pymm spots us coming down the street and runs to meet us. She really loves Hampton. We have finished our crossing from Los Angeles to Phoenix, and Hell's Crossing. One makes no mistake in the desert, a serious shortage of water in tempertures well over a 100 degrees can mean disaster. The trip across the US is 1/3 complete and one of the hardest parts is behind us. We will take a rest.
Day 116 - Apache Junction

Day 115 - Phoenix
An early morning start we travel for nearly twenty miles east on Van Buren Avenue into downtown Phoenix.
Day 115 - Phoenix

Day 114 - Buckeye
From Tonopah we travel to the edges of the city on a very hot day, temperatures reaching 112 as we wait out the last of the afternoon in the shade. Then we move on into Buckeye and find a lawn to sleep on.
Day 114 Buckeye

Day 113 - Tonopah
Riding on between towns and stations for the second day we arrive in the early evening at Tonopah, more rest and hopes of an end to this desert soon.
Day 113 - Tonopah

Day 112 - Desert
A long ride through the desert, we sleep somewhere out in the middle. Marie La Voe has nothing on little Miss Sonora.
Day 112 - Desert

Day 111 - Vicksburg Junction
After a good sleep in Quartzsite we ride late into the evening to Vicksburg Junction where we get a lot to eat and drink and find some grass to crash on.
Day 111 - Vicksburg Junction

Day 110 - Quartzsite, Arizona
I finally get a ride from a Texan and gather up Hampton, ride east into Arizona taking advantage of a cool night and get to Quartzsite early the next morning.
Day 110 - Quartzsite

Day 109 - Hitch Hiking Mile Post 103
We hitch hike back towards Blythe and get stuck at mile post 103 on a very hot day. We end up sleeping beside the Interstate 10 overnight.
Day 109 - Hitch Hiking 103

Day 108 - Resting Blythe
I move the bus and we all rest and update our computer records.
Day 108 - Blythe

Day 107 - Arrive Blythe
We walk all day, and finally reach Blythe nearly 24 hours after we left Desert Center.
Day 107 - Blythe

Day 106 - Leave for Blythe
Hampton and I leave about 6:30 pm to walk all night and a day to Blythe, beating the heat best we can. I take two gallons of tea, and spot water for Hampton a couple of times. 50 miles.
Day 106 - Blythe

Day 105 - Desert Center Resting
I rest Hampton for a day at Desert Center and try to heal my feet. The Justin Boots are really junk.
Day 105 - Desert Center

Day 104 - Desert Center
Temperatures soar to 107 and I walk the entire day, leading Hampton, brutal on my feet, across the desert to Desert Center, where the people are really nice, and the Cafe has good food.
Day 104 - Desert Center

Day 103 - Chiriaco Summit, we begin Hell's Crossing
Starting at midnight, we head up the mountain into the desert and Chiriaco Summit. Its a lot of hard walking, very steep rough trails, we make 30 and more miles in 12 hours.
Day 103 - Chiriaco Summit

Day 102 - Indio
Things are getting hotter, Indio is a bit of a desperate town.
Day 102 - Indio

Day 101 - Palm Springs
I ride for Palm Springs out across the land of wind mills.
Day 101 - Palm Springs

Day 100 - Calimesa
We rest one more day in Calimesa.
Day 100 - Calimesa

Day 99 - Calimesa
From Fontana I ride on through San Bernardino and Redlands, climbing out of the LA basin to Calimesa.
Day 99 - Calimesa

Day 98 - Fontana
I ride around Baldwin Park after the intelligent animal control officer tells me I can't ride through their trashy town. The video shows trash blowing in the streets. furniture abandoned on the curb. On to places east Iend up in Fontana around midnight.
Day 98 - Fontana

Day 97 - El Monte
I am able to get some new gloves at the Broken Horn tack shop, and then work on the main diesel checking oil levels and adding oil.
Day 97 - El Monte

Day 96 - El Monte
We spend the day resting in El Monte, catching up on videos and feeding Hampton.
Day 96 - El Monte

Day 95 - Thai Consulate Los Angeles
June 8, 2009
We ride to the Thai Consulate at 611 Larchmont St. in Los Angeles and stand out front for five hours handing out flyers and business cards about the Queen of Thailand taking Akha land. Then we ride east on the long journey to Phoenix.
Day 95 - The Thai Consulate

The CBS Channel 2 News Reel can be seen here:
CBS Channel 2 News Reel

And as picked up by Yahoo News Videos here:
Yahoo News Video

Dave's CBS Blog

Day 94 - Brentwood Resting
June 7, 2009
Resting in Brentwood, Hampton and all of us, a beautiful day.
Day 94 - Brentwood Resting

Day 93 - Hollywood
June 6, 2009
We take a drive over to Rodeo drive and hand out business cards, and then over to Hollywood Blvd. where we hand out cards and the kids have a great time.
Day 93 - Hollywood

Death of David Carradine
With Thai Cops ANYTHING can be Fabricated
June 5, 2009
Death of David Carradine in Bangkok, makes one wonder. With Thai cops, just tell anything in a story, some David Carradine got robbed and killed, no, he hung himself from the floor drain in the closet, that will work. As one Thai says, "When someone is killed in Thailand, nothing is investigated." Consider the Saudi Gem case if you wonder. The one thing that you can believe about the Carradine death that the Thai Authorities and US Embassy will say about the case is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

As to lurid photos of Carradine after death being published, well one can be sure a small market has been established for the sale of these already, and the family must be joking if they think that they will hold anyone accountable in Thailand. Welcome to the country where life means very little. The family must really do a read up on the Saudi Jewel case if they want to get some clue of what they are dealing with.

How did Carradine tie his hands above his head and hang himself?

Day 92 - Brentwood
June 5, 2009
A short sleep and I am riding for LA. I follow the coast and finally turn off it east onto Sunset Blvd and ride into Brentwood in the early evening. We get a cup of coffee, hand out a ton of cards and flyers and then find a place to put Hampton.
Day 92 - Brentwood

Day 91 - Malibu
June 4, 2009
Getting up early, half rested, blurry eyed, I head south along the coast for the stretched out city of Malibu. A contractor tells me to look up Sherman on Bosch Drive. I do, and she quickly finds Hampton a place, and a meal for me. The Malibu beaches at Zuma are beautiful, and the weather is perfect. Many thanks to the crew at Sherman's Place.
Day 90 - Malibu

Day 90 - Oxnard
June 3, 2009
I ride a long day to Ventura and on to Oxnard, where I sleep in a wild field near the ocean and south of town.
Day 90 - Oxnard

Day 89 - Santa Barbara
June 2, 2009
The Tuesday Market in Santa Barbara, our last day here, before we plunge into LA.
Day 89 - Santa Barbara

Day 88 - Santa Barbara
Another quiet day in Santa Barbara, a Monday. Thais we meet in Santa Barbara are surprised to find out that the Queen has taken land from the Hill Tribe, as they say the Queen is always portrayed as "helping them". What she means is "helping herself". The Thais we met said they had been gone from Thailand for years and are not familiar so much with what is going on in the country, but glad to find out more.
Day 88 - Santa Barbara

Day 87- Santa Barbara
A good crowd on the sidewalks downtown Santa Barbara, we get a lot of flyers distributed, telling people to call the Thai Consulate in LA and ask what the hec the Queen is doing?
Day 87 - Santa Barbara


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