Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Pictures posted for the entire trip, Blog finished !

With the exception of some final thoughts about the trip that I will post in a few days the daily blog should be now finished with pictures posted for every day now.

Over the next few weeks I might go in and edit each day, caption pictures and add more links to describe some of the places and things we saw.

It was an awesome trip but it's good to be home and in my own bed.

Enjoy reading and seeing what members of Jeep Expeditions experienced this summer in the great north.

Saturday, July 30 - Firebaugh, CA to Phoenix, AZ via L.A.

Sunrise woke me shortly after 6am.    I had 650 miles to do today and the goal was to make Phoenix by sunset.  Hit the road to the 1st McDonalds for a quick bite to eat and on the road again.    About 4 hours later I was on the northern outskirts of LA.    Traffic was heavy and got heavier as I got closer to the 210 freeway.   I got a good view of the LA skyline at one point but no time for pictures,  I was on a mission and didn't have time to waste.

Traffic on the 210 was horrible for a Saturday late morning but perhaps that is the way it is.   Some times it was just  bumper to bumper.   I would be glad to hit I-10 for the final stretch home.  It would be a good 2 hours before that happened.

I-10 traffic was moving well and my next stop would be Palm Springs for lunch and fuel.   I ended up in Indio just east of Palm Springs and I needed a good rest.    Lunch at the Spot 29 Casino sounded like a good idea and it ended up being so.   Myself and the Jeep all fueled up it was a good 4 to 5 hours home and I was ready.

With Arizona being backwards and not observing Day Light Savings Time,   it was getting dark fast.   Instead of sunset  being at 8:30,  it was coming fast shortly after 7 and by 7:30 it was dark and I had another 40 miles to go.    There are two things I don't like about Arizona,   the summer heat and sunrise at 5am with sunset at 7:30.    I get cheated with shorter hours of daylight and in the winter, it's dark at 4:30.    I am missing the long days of the norther latitudes but still there is no place like home and I pulled in my driveway before 8:30.  What a relief and the end of an awesome trip.

Sunrise today

They were cooking in McDonalds parking lot, right in front of the drive up window......scrambled eggs?
Almost home!