Driving across country is always an adventure. Some trips more than others. That's one reason there was no blog yesterday!
In the end, I decided not to take the rig. The 116 degrees would be unbearable for the "kids". So off I went, rather ill prepared considering all the time I spent thinking about what to take.
I took a big ice chest full of ice packs that didn't even keep the top layer of stuff cool. Mostly dog and bird food, along with a few errant items from the fridge that I didn't want to throw away. What I didn't bring enough of was ....... WATER.
Traffic was the worst I have ever seen in all my years of driving this section of the country. It took me 30 minutes to go 5 miles through Bakersfield. The entire first half of Tehachapi Pass was 25 mph.
So there we were, cruising through the desert headed to Mohave, almost an hour behind schedule. This picture was taken in the 1950's. It looks exactly the same, maybe even a little worse for wear.
It has actually changed quite a bit since I was there last looking for lunch. After waiting for 30 minutes, I barely squeezed through McDonald's drive through. I remembered a parking lot out back where I spent the night once .. it was gone.
The thermostat never got below 102 the rest of the trip. I finally arrived in Tucson 6-1/2 hours later to 106 degrees, probably 200 in my garage. By now I was out of water. Oh what I would give for a tall glass of cold!!!
Before he left, Mr. Chance lowered the temperature in my abode to 85 and put it on hold. How nice is THAT? It was wonderful to walk into a cool house but I really needed cooler. Try as I might, I couldn't get it to let loose. That HOLD just didn't want to go away. At least I now had water, but if you've ever been in really hot weather, even the COLD water is HOT.
I'm excited to say it was all worth every drop of sweat .... I'm now THREE pounds lighter!!!
I arrived just in time for the monsoons, the worst storm I've ever been in in my life. I'll post pictures tomorrow.