Day 1 – California
We start our drive from San Francisco early. There’s a nervous excitement when starting something new. Somehow I am able to wake up at 5am after packing and cleaning all yesterday. That is a major accomplishment for me. Anyone who knows me can assure you that I’m not a morning person. We’re driving a 16ft moving truck and pulling my car on a dolly behind. We pull out slowly and the first hour or so and we are wide-eyed and hyper focused on everything going on around. With time, we start to relax.
It’s miles and miles of rolling bright green hills and blue skies in Northern California that give way to orchards and then vineyards and then desert until we start coming up on Los Angeles. You always know when you are getting close to LA because the traffic gets thicker and thicker until everything slows to a stop.
It’s the first time I’ve enjoyed traffic. Since we are towing a car, we can only go 55 miles per hour, so after hours and hours of every car and truck passing us, I was nice to be going the same speed as everyone else. Haha
We finally roll into Blythe, a small town on the border between California and Arizona at midnight. We reserved a hotel through Hotwire, which usually works out beautifully. Tonight is not our night. Our reservation had gone through and Hotwire had charged our debit card, but when we arrive at the hotel, Joshua at the front desk said the card was declined. Two hours and a crazy loop of phone calls later, we find out that it was Hotwire’s card that was declined and we got refunded. We finally crawl into bed at 2am, and sleep has never sounded so good.
Thought for the day: It’s the challenges and funny stories that really make a trip memorable.
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