Tag Archives: Jack Fussell

met this long distance bicyclist 8/30/2016

Edward is from Amsterdam. He is celebrating his 66th birthday by pedaling from Chicago to Los Angeles on Route 66. 

His bike has a gear box and belt, no chain.

I raised awareness today

I drove my car a long ways on a very busy highway. The car has signs that speak of the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s”. An awful lot of folks saw those signs. I stopped to take an occasional picture and made sure to park it strategically. As usual, folks approached me a few times to speak of their connection to alzheimer’s. I gave out some cards with the 24/7 Helpline phone number on them. 

Yep, I raised awareness concerning the disease that took my dad’s life, along with millions of others. 

about Route 66 travelers (not motorized)

She has put in a lot of years on Route 66, and she says they have been good ones. 

I was curious about the long distance travelers she had herself seen. She spoke of many.

  1. walkers
  2. runners
  3. pushing strollers 
  4. carrying backpacks
  5. on horseback 
  6. with small dogs
  7. with support vehicles 

Mostly, she remembered bicyclists, and lots of them. She went on to say that some years the road was busy with these folks and then other years not so much.

She spoke of the help the travelers received and how that seemed to be such a surprise to most of them. 

Alzheimer’s – a caregiver’s wife – 8/28/2016

I spent time today listening to a ladies experience as the wife of a caregiver. 

She said the biggest change she noticed was her husband’s health. She also was aware of his slide into depression and the accompanying moodiness.

The mother and son had a quiet relationship and in her opinion, they simply tolerated each other most of their lives. Her husband’s decline was hard to witness. She helped as much as possible.

As we talked, she seemed to be reliving some of the sadness associated with such a stressful time of life. She admitted never being very comfortable with her husband’s mom. 

I ask her if she felt the strained relationship made it harder on her husband. She was very adament about making sure I knew she is not an expert, but she said she believes the strain before the caregiving was needed may have made it almost unbearable, at times. 

pictures – Route 66 8/28/2016

Masel at the Tumbleweed Grill in Texola, Oklahoma. She painted that awesome picture.

This is in Shamrock, Texas

Another casualty of Interstate 40

Going thousands of miles

Taken in McLean, Texas

Pictures – pictures of closed Route 66 buildings 8/28/2016 – Erick, Oklahoma 

Downtown Erick, Oklahoma

We thought Interstate 40 would bring more travelers. We thought they would continue to stop in our towns and trade with us. We helped build it. We were excited. We were wrong.”  – about Route 66

66 (Route 66) was officially removed from the United States Highway System on June 27, 1985 after it was decided the route was no longer relevant.

Pictures – miscellaneous 8/28/2026

Route 66 in Oklahoma

In Weatherford, Oklahoma

In Weatherford, Oklahoma on the side of Lucille’s Roadhouse

I enjoy the windmills

Alzheimer’s – this medication may kill my mom 

Many caregivers have shared their situations with me. Think of this one in particular. The facility where your mom resides has contacted you. A meeting is requested. The director sits across the table from you to inform you that your mom is becoming unruly and somewhat violent. They go on to counsel you that a choice must be made. They must consider everone’s safety and state guidelines. 

The choice they referred to is either removal from the facility or medication that will calm them and may slowly end their life. (they may not mention that but when you research the medication, you see the side effects and you know where this is leading)

Keep in mind your mom has no idea who you are and has not for a few years. Also know the situation will not improve. You are tired, worn, hopeless and financially drained, and nobody wants to help alleviate that.

You decide on the medication. Within a few days the change is drastic and you realize it is easier on you. 

Then, for some reason, you feel you were wrong. You feel guilty. The more folks you bring into the mix, the harder it becomes, but you feel you may need ideas to ponder.

When all is said and done, this is a decision you should own. 

These are my thoughts. Bear in mind I have not walked in these shoes.

My memories 

Colorado the colorful state

My first time in Colorado was preceded by a lot of anticipation. This was one of my first breath taking views. This distance is just about right so the pristine outlook could be maintained. It’s a beautiful state.

Trivia – about Route 66 

We thought Interstate 40 would bring more travelers. We thought they would continue to stop in our towns and trade with us. We helped build it. We were excited. We were wrong.”  – about Route 66

66 (Route 66) was officially removed from the United States Highway System on June 27, 1985 after it was decided the route was no longer relevant.