We forgot Winona.



Don’t Forget Winona?  Um.

Well, it’s not so much that we FORGOT Winona today but that we just couldn’t find Winona.  No seriously.  Here is the thing.  We saw the sign.  We got off to take an awesome group picture of ourselves with our sporty new selfie stick, and we never found the town.  Not kidding.  A group of women in a car with maps and gps could not find a town.  I know what you’re thinking.  Don’t say it.  I mean, we found the Grand Canyon later.  So just don’t say it.  Also, is it too late to order a Route 66 for Dummies book?  I mean for Smarties.  Not Dummies.  In our defense one of our travelogue books actually says, “Winona forgot Winona.”  It’s just sort of not really there.

Before that we did pass through Winslow, AZ, and we did sing the Eagles hit, “Take it easy”  because we’ve been eager to do it for about two months…”Well I’m standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, and such a fine sight to see….”  And we probably did see it.  Pretty sure.


and someone behind us actually honked at us there at a stop sign, can you believe it?  So we yelled advice through our closed windows, “Dig deep and get some Trudi!”  “Get your Trudi on!” “Trudi is our jam”    “Keep calm and Trudi on.”  We’re spreading kindness and we mean business.  And we’re armed with Trudi.

We also passed some bikers who were biking uphill laden with heavy packs.  We cheered for them as we passed, and they laughed and raised their fists in union with us!

The day had started at the WIGWAM after a quick coffee run  For you exercise enthusiasts, that’s when the rest of us get coffee and DO NOT run.

Trudi and I picked up coffee for the gang and kept with the Trudi Tradition;  we offered up coffee with a morning greeting…”Good M.” was on the styrofoam cups we delivered to the others’ wigwams.

On my way back to my wigwam (that feels weird to say) I accidentally broke all wigwam etiquette in a single move…I entered the wigwam next door accidentally.  I jumped back out of there more quickly than most have seen me move…only to encounter a woman sitting in an open car just behind me laughing deeply.  She’d seen me going toward her wigwam but thought it would be funnier to see me do it than to stop me.  Her husband was inside.  We became fast friends as we laughed and laughed…she and her husband and their two friends drove away later with blog business cards in their hands and sent well-wishes to Patty as well.

Sparky was packed up and we were off to breakfast…


Joe & Aggie’s Cafe is truly a slice of Holbrook pie with a dollop of cuties.  Kimberly runs the joint, and Tammy helps.  We were in luck, Tammy’s granddaughter and grand niece were there working too.  Little Bailey (3) trotted along behind her cousin Arianna (12) as they waited tables .  If you need cream, Little Bailey is the girl to know…meanwhile Kimberly runs the kitchen…

Kimberly served up a mean Chorizo and Eggs w/ tortillas.  And the huevos rancheros were offered with green or red salsa.  The best refried beans I’ve ever had.  What up, Kimberly?  You’re amazing.

Kimberly runs the entire cafe actually.  Her grandparents were early townspeople in Holbrook and opened the cafe, and she has kept up the tradition.  Their tradition has inspired many.  John Lasseter of PIXAR fame spent some time in Holbrook as he conceived his animated Pixar movie, Cars.  Set on Route 66, this movie was nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature film of the year in 2007.   His cartoon thank you notes for the help he received from the Joe and Aggie Cafe family are proudly displayed on the wall in the front room.

We hit the road (again) and wound our way through Kaibab National Forest and also past Mt. Humphrey remarking in the changes of the terrain.

Full Disclosure.  There was a Hobby Lobby run the other day in between all of the convenience store and gas fill up stops.  IMG_5193 2Certain Sixtahs not-to-be-named purchased  Flarp Noise Putty.  Initially we all made fun of the purchaser and thought she’d bought silly putty or play-doh for a bunch of fifty year old women.  We’ve since eaten crow.  This stuff is perfect for boredom-busting especially on long car trips.  We have video proof (taken in the Suburban) that this stuff isn’t just for kids.  We regret to inform that as we have jobs, and children and people in our lives who believe we are responsible adults, we will not be able to share the video evidence.  What happens in Sparky actually DOES sometimes stay in Sparky.

We made a stop at Cameron, AZ at the trading post and met up with Ellen Degeneres and Melissa McCarthy because that is how we roll.


We arrived arrived at the south rim and were met with these beautiful views…

The Canyon is GRAND.  Our lives are GRAND.  And people are GRAND.

We can thank Theodore Roosevelt for naming the Grand Canyon a national landmark.

We can thank ourselves for taking our own lives and making them Grand.

Jean did a lot of driving today, and we encountered a number of roundabouts.  Those are those circles that have roads jutting off in different directions.  Why not do what Jean does…she enters the roundabouts, and we go around a full spin before making our final turn out of the roundabout.  Make life Grand.

We met a very nice young man named Brent who took this wonderful picture for us,


and he listened to our story and genuinely seemed to enjoy his time talking to Patty and to all of us.  Brent was a young man of twenty-eight traveling from one side of the country to the other with his parents logging nine hours of driving a day.  What a nice family that took the time to talk to all of us, and then later while Patty sat on the bench with a few of us, they came over to talk some more.  Brent’s dad said Patty is living his nightmare, he says he LOVES LIFE.  And he thinks Patty is doing it in style.  Living every day.  Really LIVING it.  We parted with a picture and many hugs.

IMG_5227Brent’s mom loved that Patty has a strong support team in her family and in us.. ..Patty left her mark on this family, you could tell.

As we parted she told him, “Brent, these hugs from strangers only make me stronger.”

Jane calls her Kid.  Miracle.  Here is our Miracle.


“For the miracle, a true blue spectacle,

The miracle is you.” – Barry Manilow, Marty, Panzer.












Barry White..you’re my first my last my everything.

23 Comments Add yours

  1. dmercier2016 says:

    Wow ladies what great experiences you are all having!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. We’re loving every mile! Thank you!


  2. trawals says:

    Thank you for allowing me to be on the journey of friendship, love and appreciation of each day.

    You are angels of God❣

    Liked by 1 person

    1. So glad to have you along!


  3. Momma Betty says:

    Tugging at the heartstrings, BM (Julie), another great chapter💕

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    1. I hear ya, Momma B. We like your kid. Kids actually. xo


  4. Mall says:

    You Sixtahs not forgotten Here at home while you are away. You made the front page again! BM you are making the journey so fun for us to follow. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you Mall, we are laughing all the way! Luckily no one knows us here so they don’t seem to mind when we burst into songs in restaurants!


  5. Don’t forget Winona…. Now we all understand that line from the song! Your story made me belly laugh … again! Love the pics! Trudi with the map is one of my many favs. I’m a little jealous that you get to ride along the highway in Arizona singing Barry Manilow songs with “Miracle” Patty. I’m glad the sights and the people continue to be GRAND! Keep Trudi’n On !!!!

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    1. It’s all been VERY grand, thank you Cathy! We’re so glad you’re on the TEAM!


  6. Was this the first time any of you have seen the Grand Canyon? I’d like to hear about your first reaction. My jaw dropped. You think you are prepared to see it, but you find out that no picture can ever prepare you for the actual thing.

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    1. not MY first time Cathy. But it’s STILL beyond imagination…


  7. Mary Lansberg says:

    All of this is just so beautiful…watching the kinship and friendships…the sights…the sounds (love the singing!)…I look forward to reading this every day. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Phyllis Gross says:

    I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your blog. I look forward to reading it every morning. What a special journey for all of you and especially Patty! Patty, I’m so happy you have such wonderful friends to help you enjoy Route 66, one of the things on your bucket list. You are so special and so admired!!! Love to all of you!

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  9. Rosanne Jones says:

    Laughed and laughed today and read it out loud to Dean. He knows how much I have enjoyed these blogs and your adventures because I keep talking about it. I can’t wait to read it each day. He said you should have went with them and I told him I was with you all thanks to you BM and these wonderful blogs. Praying for you all.

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  10. Marybeth Monseau says:

    I love reading the blog! Its so exciting to see the places you ladies are visiting and the fun you are having. I feel like I know Patty personally even though I do not. I hear so much about her and what a great lady she is through our mutual friend Dee. Be strong!!
    Hickory PA

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  11. Terry spokes says:

    It’s all been a wonderful, heartwarming journey for all us followers. What talent, humor, courage and friendship getting a ride with Sparky on Route 66!


  12. rinabe says:

    Ever read John Greene? I’m thinkin’ it’s not you. I think Winona is a Paper Town. One that’s on a map but for various reasons, bankruptcy etc never got off the ground so to speak. So I think you’re good. You may have had a 66 moment no one else took advantage of…..and you thought it was you! 🙂 Love the soundtracks and singalongs btw! Feels like I’m there….Keep on, keepin’ on!

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    1. Yes Rina! I think you’re right! And thank you!!


  13. Ann says:

    I read about Null Island yesterday – the home of all GPS errors. Maybe Winona is actually located on Null Island.
    This blog has been so great. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  14. Rhonda says:

    I hope you are all having the time of your life.

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  15. Penny Black says:

    Hi ladies. I’ve been following ya’ll as best I can. Are you still out there cruisin’? If so, where ’bouts are yunz?
    PS: Winona’s a real town. Just not much to see besides the bridge. But the view of Flagstaff’s San Francisco Peaks through the bridge is a beautiful sight!
    Get home safe & thanks for letting us tag along.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Closing in on Santa Monica…thanks for following us, Penny!


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