10/6/17 – Day off in Marfa, TX

After sleeping in till almost 10 AM, I was feeling great, but wasn’t moving too quickly.  Ed and I hopped on our bikes, dropped my laundry off at the laundromat, then headed to Marfa Burrito for breakfast.  The burrito was huge, but flavor-wise, it didn’t come close to the breakfast burrito at The Burrito Company in Ahwatukee. 

While waiting for my laundry to dry, I watched a mural painter working at the business next door and overheard people talking about the 5 PM start time for the annual Marfa Open Art Festival.  

So I decided to head back to El Cosmico to take a nap in one of the hammocks and finish yesterday’s blog.  I could see the art galleries after 5 PM when the festival began.

Also hanging out in the hammocks were two beautiful young ladies, Asiya and Isabel, medical school students who were taking a couple of days off from their studies in El Paso.  

They reminded me of how I sold myself short by not doing something big with the brain power I had back when I was their age, but it was a different time back then.  They really inspired me with their confidence and ambition.  When I get home, I plan to do something big with my brain too.  It’s never too late. 

Later in the afternoon, Erwin, Tom C, Chris and I headed into town to eat dinner at the food truck and check out the art festival. When we learned that the food truck was not going to be open for another 1.5 hours, we went back downtown to the festival.  While down there, we ran into 3 friends who are riding their third section of the Southern Tier route together–the El Paso to Austin section. At the rate they are going, it will take them 5 more years to finish the route.  

The poster on the back of one of the guys bikes
One of the 3 guys,not
One of the 3 guys, not someone from our group, had added the second item to the list on this piece of art

The art in Marfa is all minimalist, and most of it is very abstract. I wandered through over 20 galleries and, while most of iwhat I saw was interesting to look at, I didn’t see a single piece of art I would want to own. 

I did see a couple of posters and puppies I wouldn’t mind owning.  In fact, the pup posing on the matching cowhide is high end performance art, in my opinion. 

After eating dinner at the food truck, we headed back to the RV park to get things organized for totmorrow and to hit the sack. 

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