So I figured I'd skip it. If Wagon Wheel
wanted to be
incognito, that was fine with me. I could write instead about the
and more-popular Clines Corners just down the road, which is on
the maps. No harm done.
But something still didn't seem right. Why have a
and not tell anybody?
And then I realized the truth: Wagon Wheel is a spy.
As we go on about our business, Wagon Wheel takes note.
watches to see how many of us drive with one hand on the steering wheel
and one reaching for another piece of jerky. It studies the way we hold
our plastic Lot-A-Burger cups between our legs as we drive. It notes
many of us "Hear New Mexico" on AM 650. Every downshift,
every stray over the center white line, every flash of the brights duly
noted, recorded, studied. Wagon Wheel is watching.
For what purpose? I can't say.
Wheel has plans to be the next Albuquerque and is quietly amassing
before staging the coup. Or maybe, just as humans enjoy sightseeing,
like Wagon Wheel enjoy humanseeing. Who's to say that a small roadside
attraction isn't as interested in the people that pass before it as
are (momentarily at least) in it?
I don't get the sense that there's anything
on. It's hard to think that a roadside stop whose motel advertises FREE
TV is up to anything bad. Maybe one day we'll know why we're being
Until then, keep yourself in line when you pass Wagon Wheel. No
hands at 10 and 2, eyes straight ahead. And nod to Wagon Wheel as you
Even spies need a little recognition.