Not For the Faint of Heart

Trip Start Jun 19, 2013
Trip End Aug 15, 2013

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

We arrived in Pasadena today--tomorrow we arrive at the coast--the end of Route 66!!  Being the reflective person I am, I've been going back over in my mind the Route 66 travels and I'm so glad I did this with Dave.  He's talked about doing "the Route" in his Model A for years and I like history but I've never felt the same as he has about this piece of road.  I've decided doing this in the Model A is really not for the faint of heart.  I have never experienced heat like I did in Needles, California and I didn't understand why I was so affected until I goggled heat and medications and found out I take 2 meds. that affect you in the heat.  I've worried a bit about if we had car trouble in this heat how I would manage since I felt like I could barely breathe even when we were moving.  So I do know that I would never do this trip again in a Model A, but I'm so glad I did it this time.  Dave and I have such incredible memories that we will both treasure forever!  Also, Dave has been so great about my need to travel really early in the morning and getting into cool places when I've needed to.  He at times has chosen to travel more direct routes or not make a stop to get me in a safe place and I so appreciate it

Now, a little bit about our day.  We left Barstow, California a little later today cause we didn't think it would be so hot--boy, were we wrong.  It was 90 by 9:00 when we left.  The first hour was so hot again-cause, dah it's the desert.

We got close to Helendale and Dave dropped me off at a restaurant to cool off and he went on to find Elmer Long's artistic collection of bottle art. Very unique!!

Dave came to pick me up and we were on our way.  It cooled off as we got into the mountains but wow was it interesting coming down the mountains.  Traffic was moving so fast and we were moving like 60-65 miles per hour and I'm freaking out.  I think Dave was even a little freaked out.     Comment by Dave: The California road surfaces coming down from the mountains are grooved in the direction of travel.  Narrow ridges contact the tires and with the tires we have cause the car to dart from side to side making it a bit un-nerving when in heavy and fast traffic.  Throw in the occasional motor cycle rider that suddenly passes between adjoining cars at the division line between lanes and it can be stressfull. 

  We got to our hotel here in Pasadena, cooled off and then decided to see the Lone Ranger movie!!
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Mary Higgins on

I brought Dad over today to catch up on all that you have been seeing and doing. He enjoyed the entries and chuckled over the funny parts.
Your hottest days are probably history, right? Hope your trek to Oregon goes well.

Dale on

BUT .... it's a dry heat .... right ??

steve on

The kind of heat you can't take a deep breath and get enough water to drink. That should be behind you now.

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