There wasn’t anything to hold me to Beacon, New York, anymore. There was nothing to hope for. And so, I planned to pull up stakes and move elsewhere, somewhere far away. But this trip just wasn’t meant to be perhaps. Twice, I made arrangements to leave for New Mexico and both times, I had to call it off.
On the afternoon of September 4, a Saturday, I’d intended to fly out of LaGuardia on American Airlines to El Paso, Texas. From there, I would’ve rented a car to the desert town of Las Cruces, just across the state line in the Land of Enchantment.
A couple of days prior to my departure, I called Enterprise to ask what it’d cost me to rent a car for a week. That price, taken together with the cost of taking a cab from my place to the airport—and back—would’ve set me back by about $1,000.
To save money on transport, the second time around, on Labor Day, I decided to drive there—all 2,200 miles of it. I even booked the same hotel again (after having cancelled it earlier.)
The road trip would’ve taken about 32 hours if I drove non-stop. But even a trucker won’t do that? I’d have to break the journey into three legs, with two stopovers en route. I chose to halt in Indianapolis and Oklahoma City.
After much reflection, though, I concluded that I couldn’t take to the road either. Not that I didn’t have the stamina to drive, but because it dawned on me that there’d be no return on my investment of time and money and (physical labor.)
I’d be spending a few C-notes along the way, which, by the way, I didn’t mind. But I had no job on hand. I’d have to eat out every day of my sojourn in New Mexico. What was the most worrying aspect of all was that I had no network of people that I could count on. I wouldn’t have had much to do other than read books. Besides, I didn’t even like hot places. I’m a creature of the cold.
But then, no endeavor or experience goes all waste. There’s something that I got out of this. I figured out the best way to pack my luggage when I did eventually move out from the cramped quarters of this apartment.