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The plane trip was fine. We arrived in LA on time at 6.30 am (before we left Bundaberg - and same day!). Luggage arrived OK; found the shuttle to National car hire; and hit the road about 7.45am!
Bryan did well driving the freeways - I was a nervous wreck. It was still very misty, so not good views of the mountains - but would get an odd …
... the road on this amazing adventure.
Tomorrow is going to be mostly just driving. We anticipate about 9 hours to Provo Utah. At least it is supposed to be only 97 degrees in Provo....15 degrees will feel like the ice age at this point. We're so glad to finally be on the road....so many more adventures to come.
Good night to all...may it be cool where you are!!!
Another lazy start to the day with a 9am breakfast after a great nights sleep! This motel has been especially comfortable! Set off following Route 66 through the desert and up through some mountains, passing numerous old mines and then at Goldroad we saw a modern operating mine smack back in the middle of nowhere! How the hell the early settlers got themselves through this arid country and then over a 1,500 metre range is beyond me - man, they must have been ...
... two choices - to take the interstate for 27 miles or to try the reportedly rough alternative. So I tried the alternative and decided that if it was too rough I'd turn back after a few miles. In the end the road was in a reasonable enough condition and I followed it all the way to Newberry Springs and through another lava field. From. Newberry Springs I headed through to Dagget where I left Route 66 to visit the Calico Ghost Town, which was a mining town that ...
... flew up right over the SUV in front of us and then toward us. Bumper to bumper traffic in both lanes, or near anyway, there was no way to stop, only watch the dutch bowl forming in the rear-view mirror. We pray the people in the truck are OK.
Tonight in Barstow, CA. and then on to points East tomorrow.
Along with this day's blog, I am posting a few more pics from the PCH.