Yes there's quite the smog layer going on, but look at the two trains passing near Mojave. Okay, maybe that was the most exciting thing to happen on this drive. Next time I'm making this into a four or five day trip. I DO like to get there, but 6-7 hours driving three days in a row is too much for little old me.
Heading south on 395, the first ten miles or so is now divided. That's a good thing unless you're in a car trying to go fast. At least you won't end up dead on the side of the road while passing someone at an unreasonable rate of speed. There is only one small section left that allows passing. I was happy for THIS construction work.
Is it me or are the wind turbine companies exploding with their installations. I don't remember quite so many windmills.
Cruising right along, I was in Indio in no time. Actually it took 4-1/2 hours, but who's counting? Wait ... what's this?? Tail lights again!! From here on, traffic was unreasonable. We never got over 40 mph all the way through town and up the big hill at the East.
I might say I rather enjoyed the fact that my rig passed all those trucks and cars without overheating. Thank goodness for fourth gear. For you truckers that thanked me with a flash of your lights (I flashed mine so they knew when to pull over) you are welcome. For the rest of you, where are your manners? That's been a courtesy all my life. Seems it's going by the wayside.
Click on this picture and you will see just how the traffic was the entire rest of the way to Quartzsite. I've never seen anything like it. Maybe it's the July Fourth hoard heading to Havasu, but they are going both ways! Just enjoy the journey Nancy.
I certainly enjoyed crossing the State line, even though it was 84 degrees in the rig. I even fueled up so I'd have enough diesel to run the generator the entire trip.
At long last, hot and tired, we arrived in Quartzsite. It was only 102, better than the 106 predicted. We literally hunkered down with both AC units blasting away until it was cool enough for the puppies to go outside. I was rewarded with this amazing sunset.
On the trip back, I'm taking four days to travel. That means I'll have to spend a night in Indio. It's a shame there's a quilt shop there, but in the interest of enjoying the journey, I'll take a hit for the team.
And we are off to Tucson ... after I get fuel to make sure I STILL have enough diesel for the AC units.