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Tim Kreitz Adventures

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Life in the Midland-Odessa Oil Boom Hellhole | A Rider's Perspective
A short podcast from my perspective as a longtime motorcyclist on the quality of life in the Permian Basin of West Texas, where the unprecedented oil boom has forever changed the face of Midland-Odessa and other oilfield towns.

 
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I spent a tone-o-time in the oil patch back in the Tertiary Injection days in the 80s. It was a boom back then but West Texas being as big as it is, traffic between Midland and Orla and eastern NM was nothing.

My last trip through in 2013, I was floored with the amount of traffic on US287. We were in my wife's FX37 which has a ton of 55 to 90 zip but still had to carefully pick our time to leapfrog.

Thing that shocked me were the number of brine tankers and drill stem haulers running nose to butt, leaving very little space to pass one or two trucks at a time. Instead you might have to overtake ten at a time. Actually think it's an entertainment thing for the drivers to act this way to see who they can put in the ditch.

I avoid the area anytime I head west out of TX now.
 
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We were out in Odessa about Easter. Waited in line at Walmart check-out for 30 minutes, and the shelves were missing a lot of food items. Spent like 25 bucks on two hamburgers and drinks. Motel was 140/night. I'm sure it is worse now. My son and his wife live in Pecos and it is crazy down there too. I saw all those trailer compounds out in the middle of nowhere. All the natural gas flares visible at night. When this boom is over what will it leave? I saw a lot of pipeline work going on from Midland toward San Angelo. It is crazy.
 

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When this boom is over what will it leave?
That's the big question. My thought is that we should probably get out while the getting is good. My wife retires in a couple of weeks and I have a wide variety of job skills. It may be time to head either east or west.
 

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Me, too. I plan on going either way. Even if the weather turns bad, I'll make the drive. :)
 

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Tim, I wont see the locomotive but I hope you get some footage for your channel.
thought you were aiming for end of this month to be back on two wheels? I’m planning on Hondo 5th November to see it . My 3 wheel buddy should be back from his hip replacement and gonna ride.
 

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Southtex...Yes, I told you I just needed to ride to beeville to get my inspection on the bike , that's all, before the end of the month. Not ride halfway to Hades (or Hondo) and back. We will see. After 4 weeks of daily rehab I should be in pretty good shape but don't want to push it.

I'm going to have to get with it however, need to do a job in San Antonio next Wednesday. I did drive one of our big fire trucks today for inspection . Getting back on the 🐎

Are you going to a hotel in big bend? Taking BMW? Hope you have good weather. I would have loved going with ya 😔
 

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Yeah, definitely don't overdo it for sure, especially after all that time and effort in rehab.
 

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CONTENT UPDATE: With a little help from the late Robert M. Pirsig, we ride our motorcycles to a place we've never been before and enjoy a Sunday ride that is completely in the moment. No plans, no schedule, no hurry, just good times exploring flora and fauna in the red dirt country of West Texas on a beautiful autumn day.

 

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Tim, do you still marvel at your texas drawl on video? I'm like , is that me , when I catch myself on video? Do i really sound like that?

Fried okra, mashed potatoes and chicken fried steak OMG ...what's not to like?
 

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I have calmed my accent down a lot over the years, but I purposely leave enough of it in my speech so that everyone will know I am a native Texan. :) BTW, that restaurant immediately became on of my faves in West Texas. I'm going back with the wife as soon as we can get that way again.
 
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