Day 13 - Farewell to LA

Trip Start May 18, 2008
Trip End Jul 17, 2008

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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Day 13

This is the day that I would say farewell to Los Angeles. Taylor didn't need to get to the station until later. That gave us some time to chant together. The plan was to drive for about 10 hours, get to El Paso, TX and rest it up, that way the drive could be split up between two days. I took a picture with Taylor and the shirt I presented him with yesterday. We said our goodbyes and I was on my way!

Southern California was a really neat place and a different pace and style of life. Not sure if I could ever get used to it but the experience is something I'd never give up. Spending time with my good friend Taylor was great too. He told me that having me over was a boost in energy and activity for him. I told him that any time he's on my side of the country to let me know so I can have him stay.

I almost forgot how rough it was to drive hours upon hours. Almost. On the drive, I almost forgot to mail the post cards I got from LA. I drove about an hour out, still within the LA suburb bounds I thought. The man at the post office was looking at me funny for mailing post cards from a city he clearly didn't consider "inside LA". One last thing I had to make sure I got was the Jack in the Box experience because I don't know when I'd see another (I later learned that they also have them in Texas). So I stopped by one in Cali before I left the state. Mmmm (not really).

The drive was rough. I did get to see some pretty neat things though. Pheonix. Didn't realize that I'd be going by the city. A neat one. It got dark by the time I drove through Tucson and I called up a friend, Kym, that I met in Florida (thanks to Arunima in Baltimore). I called to say hi and I was glad to hear that she was doing well. She was getting ready to go out with some friends. I had more driving to do. Before I left California, Dave from LA suggested I visit Tombstone, AZ, a ghost town, he called it. I didn't get the chance because it was already dark and I wasn't anywhere near El Paso. And that's the way it would stay. I pulled over at a rest stop probably about 250 miles from El Paso thinking I would take a nap and keep going. That didn't quite happen. The nap ended up being the end of the night. I reclined the front seat back and I didn't want to move much more than that for quite some time.

What the means for me tomorrow is that I set myself up for a whole hell of a lot of driving to get to Dallas before the end of tomorrow.

Miles driven today: 585.4mi

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