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Day 1, Five Passes Climbed

We took off promptly at 0600 a.m. and drove 542 miles and averaged over 34.4 mph in spite of climbing over seven summits in four states; California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. Great weather and even at 7120 feet and snow along the highway, it was a great start to our trip.

We stopped at our favorite cheese store in the green valley full of cows who’s milk goes to Dairy Farmers of America in, Utah. Best Gouda cheese we have ever eaten including in Holland.

Stopped at our favorite restaurant in St. George, Utah. Best beef noodle soup and corn muffins I’ve ever had!
We stopped tonight in Richfield, Utah which is in a valley surrounded by mountains with snow still on the peaks. Sleeping at 5356 feet tonight and tomorrow we will cross the Rockies and multiple 11,000 foot summits.

We have taken this trip so many times and yet, we always see something new. Big day tomorrow.

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

The Day Before the Trip…June 2017

June 12, 2017, Monday, 0510

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High Desert Foothills in Palmdale CA

Miles today N/A , Mileage Gas prices $2.79(Costco),

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The sun is just coming up in a very cool 46 degree morning in the Antelope Valley.  Crazy to be wearing a long sleeve shirt and thick workout pants when the weather by this weekend is predicted to be 109.

Buy day today.  Bringing the Honda into the car wash for a wash, wax and interior cleanup.  Libby tells me I am a bit off as in two hours after take off tomorrow it will be covered with bugs and road grim anyway but, it is just my way.

Meeting with the folks who are watching our house and our animals while we are gone.  Setting up protections etc. 

Major packing will occur and final clean up around here will be done.  Getting the ice and filling the car with gas later this evening

Getting excited. 

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2017 in California, Driving, gas prices

 

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Thoughts on the Long Driving Trip

June 6, 2017

Only days away from our 4000+ mile driving trip, we have been having some thoughts about the trip itself. 

Not traveling more than 550 miles a day has made our driving trips much easier to handle at our age.  We are on the road 10-11 hours but make multiple stops, take walks at the stops and pull over to see thing that look interesting. 

Using technology on the trip makes the trip easier and more enjoyable.  We are using our blue tooth phones to stream our favorite music from Amazon all across country and listen to books that we both enjoy.  First book on the agenda for us is Charles Dickens, “Nickolas Nickelby.”

We added a couple of things on our “to do” list on this trip; Monitor the cost of things by state that have to do with traveling.  Gas, lodging and food costs certainly on the list.

Being we are both diabetic’s and must eat at regularly so we are going to use local supermarkets with deli’s and local park for our meals. Some of our favorite memories have memories have occurred in the small town parks and stores.  Chased by geese, begging dogs, and friendly people who just wanted to talk.

Getting close!

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2017 in Driving

 

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Planning Two More Trips This Year(2017)

With our next trip fully planned, a 14 day driving jaunt of 4000 miles that covers thirteen states, I have been planning two more trips.  One a 9-day cross country visit to the Washington D.C. area and a four day 100th birthday party trip for my Dad in Minnesota. 

Washington D.C. Trip

Image result for photo washington mallWe decided to stay in the United States this year as the flights to Europe are such a pain.  If I could afford first class air fare, things wouldn’t be so painful but, the cost for this addition doubles the price of the trip.  What a pain. 

So instead, we decided to head to the center of our Federal Government, Washington D.C..  This will be our third trip there but we feel we have barely scratched the surface of the things to see. 

This trip will be very different from prior trips.  We will not have a car.  We will be using Uber, We rented a one bedroom apartment in the suburbs within walking distance of supermarkets, restaurants and the train system that will take us directly into Washington, D.C. within in 20 minutes.  The cost of of our apartment is 1/2 or less than a hotel in D.C., we will be saving a chunk of $$$$ on food with our own kitchen and no rental car or parking costs.  This is how we do it on our trips to Europe so we figured we might as well see how it works here the United States.

100th Birthday Party(Minnesota)

20170429_121009We will be making our third trip this year to Minnesota, this time for Dad’s 100th birthday.  Four days with our daughter, we traveled there with our son earlier this year,

The cost for airfare to Minnesota is more than to Washington D.C.. Plus, renting a car is key as we must drive 100+ miles to the small farm town where Dad lives. 

We are all looking forward to this trip as we are expected see a good part of the community who are always supportive to family and friends. 

More later. 

 

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Day Four, Trip to San Diego(#3 2017) Headed for Home

5/22/2017 Monday

Loaded up the car, stopped for breakfast at our favorite breakfast restaurant the, Waffle Spot, and filled with gas at Costco.  Decent drive home and arrived at 1130 am.  Good warm up trip for the 14 day trip coming up soon. 

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2017 in California, Driving

 

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Hard Life on the Pier

Tough place to live here in San Diego.

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Great Fishing and Baseball…Terrible Public Transport Experience, Day 3, San Diego

 

May 20, 2017, Saturday

The weather was spectacular out on the pier in the morning.  Ten MPH breeze with a clear blue skies and 75 temperature.  No fish but what a great two hours surrounded by ocean and perfect weather.  PS. Not a fish to be had. 

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Had a quiet mid day and even a nap.  We then had a uneventful ride on the San Diego Transportation System to the the Padres stadium for $1.50 each way for seniors($2.50 for the rest of the riders).  The Padres are a terrible team, worst in all of baseball but the stadium and food are good. 

Where things went wrong was the ride home. 

20170520_200417Someone forgot there was a Padres game with 25,000 people many who rode the public transportation to the game.  The train came 40 minutes late to pick up the riders. The crush of riders was so great that even handicapped people had no seats.  The worst was the drunks and stoners who were so loud and used obscene language that people were not feeling safe and the many children on the train were wide-eyed.  That was two straight occurrences of this kind of activity I have experiences on the public transportation in San Diego. 

I must say that it is as bad or worse than New York City underground. European public transport much better.  One of the few complaints I have about San Diego. 

Overall a great day and as often happen, traveling reminds you how nice your home is.

 

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