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Plush Kokopelli Plans a Trip
Late Author Jack Kerouac's 1937 Ford Sedan Identified in Holbrook, ArizonaHolbrook, AZ, June 1, 2013 Author: Jim McGillis
In Wigwam #7 of the Cozy Cone Motel, Moabbey the Coyote sat hunched over his Apple Power Mac G4 Cube. Using his mind to tune the 4-D chromatic-hypersphere display was not easy. When his eyes began to cross, he had to turn away.
"Have you seen Plush Kokopelli lately?" he asked. Almost at once, both Silver Girl and Coney the Traffic Cone answered, "He is out back testing Jack Kerouac's 1937 Ford Sedan for a trip to Wigwam Village #2 in Cave City, Kentucky".
Ignoring the comment about his literary hero, Jack Kerouac, Moabbey mused, "Well that explains why Plush Kokopelli is appearing again in several places at once. Part of my computer display shows him outside here in Holbrook, Arizona. Part of him appears at Mammoth Mountain, California, giving a live snow report and just a bit of him is at Wigwam Village #2 near Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky".
At that, Silver Girl snickered. "Moabbey, if you would look up from that display occasionally, you would know that Plush Kokopelli is out back, here at Wigwam Village in Holbrook. He is visualizing a road trip to Kentucky".
"Kentucky? Why would Kokopelli, the Ancient Spirit of Arizona drive an old Ford jalopy from one end of Old-66 to the other?" Moabbey asked.
Then, Coney the Traffic Cone chimed in. "Don't you know? When Plush Kokopelli returned to Arizona, he identified that derelict 1937 Ford sedan out back. Through five-dimensional analysis, Plush Kokopelli determined that it is the actual car mentioned in Jack Kerouac's novel, 'On the Road'. In the book, Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty drive that Ford all the way to Mexico City. When Sal falls ill in Mexico City, Dean abandons him and drives the old Ford back here. When the engine seized, he abandoned it. Since then, the car has been rusting away out back of the Wigwam Motel, right here in Holbrook, Arizona".
"That's crazy", said Moabbey. "How could it be the same car as in the novel?"
Plush Kokopelli planning his
trip to Cave City, Kentucky.
Looking at Moabbey as if he were a child, with a touch of condescension in his voice, the orange traffic cone answered, "Moabbey, please recall that Sal Paradise refused to sleep in the car or on the ground. Between insects, unexpected traffic and oppressive ground heat, he chose to sleep atop the Ford. With the ovoid bulge of the sedan's roof, that would be impossible. What Kerouac did not mention in his book was the steel roof-rack added prior to their trip. With that rack, Kerouac could put a bedroll on top and sleep off the ground. His weight squashed the steel top, but that is further evidence of authenticity".
"Hey, you might have something there," exclaimed Moabbey.
"Let's get practical," said Silver Girl. "If Plush Kokopelli is going to take a road trip to Wigwam Village #2 in Cave City, Kentucky, it is not going to be in that old Ford jalopy. If we pack him in a cardboard box and send him UPS, he can be there in time for the Grand Reopening of the Cozy Cone Motel #2".
"Well, I'm going too," said Coney emphatically.
"We have only enough funds to send Plush Kokopelli. Besides, you are too odd shaped for UPS," said Moabbey. "If you plan to attend, you may have to hitchhike".
At that, Coney started singing the lyrics to an old song. "Well, I might take plane / I might take a train / but if I have to walk, you know, / I'm goin' just the same. / I'm goin' to Cave City / Cave City here I come".
To be continued...