Wednesday, August 3, 2011

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!


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