It sure was fun making an unannounced visit and surprising your aunt with flowers while trying to pretend being a flower deliver man.Â The look on her face was absolutely pricess.Â That experience alone made the trip worthwhile. It was also great seeing other family members in San Diego (Santee acutally) as well.
California actually has stop lights on entrance ramps to the freeway.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmm In-N-Out Burger.Â It’s interesting to look back in the kitchen and see that they cut their french fries fresh daily, you can definately taste the difference.Â The closest In-N-Out Burger to Texas is in Arizona. :-(Â One of my cousins says they would gladly trade their In-N-Out Burgers for the Sonic Drive-Ins we have in Texas.Â That’s one trade I would gladly make.
Our journey back home started by traveling east on Interstate 8 in which we hugged the U.S. -Â Mexico border.Â There are some parts of the border that is heavly patrolled by the Border Patrol, and then there are parts that are desolate.Â We actually had to stop at an inspection area on the interstate.
You learn some interesting facts reading the Randy McNally Road Atlas that we picked up at a truck stop for $5.99.Â For instance, Interstate 19 that runs from Tucson to Mexico uses metric mileposts.Â I also learned that even though Alaska is the largest state in terms of size it ranks 47th in population with its largest city hold around 275,000 people.Â So that’s lot of land and a lot of nothing for a state that my pastor’s sister lives in. 😉
The drive west is easier as the sun is behind you for most of the trip and the time change works in your favor.
A little suggestion for those planning long road trips, try to plan around rush hour of major cities.Â We were able to plan around the morning Phoenix traffic, but the evening El Paso traffic was ugly – not DFW ugly, but still ugly.
Ealier I made a comment about how the Texas speed limit is 70 mph in the day and 65 mph at night.Â Well, we are currently 30 miles west of El Paso and have seen a posted speed limit of 80 mph.
WifeGeeding is driving now so I’m forced to listen to showtunes and country music, this trip can’t end soon enough.Â I will have to clense myself with some U2 as soon as I get behing the wheel.
I really miss DogGeeding.
Some folks were teasing me that WifeGeeding and I were going to get really sick and tired of each other, but it really has been an absolute joy being around each other for so long.Â I’m sure she would say the same thing minus the all the farting I do in the vehicle.
Everytime I enter a new time zone my phone will automatically change – wayy cool.
I think tonight we will arrive in Midland/Odessa around 11:00 PM and stay the night there, so we should reach Geeding Manor sometime in the afternoon.