Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Travel Tales: LA to Akron 2014 - Day One

Best. Trip. Ever. In all the years I have been traveling to California, I have never had a trip as wonderful as this one was this past winter. The place where I stayed was great. I had my own parking place and my own washer and dryer. However, the most important aspect was I had peace and quiet. The time flew by this year because we had such great adventures. I saw some of the most incredible scenery I have ever seen in the state of California. This trip was just amazing.

Even the best trip can have a dark cloud and mine came just before I was to leave. I was injured at the place where I was staying. I had only a few days to recover before I had to get on the road. To be honest, I was very nervous about the trip and I was not sure I could physically make the drive. I just figured I would travel as far as I could and stop as often as I needed.

Traveling during this time of year has always presented a challenge because I have to watch for snow, but I also have to be vigilant for severe spring weather. When I saw what I thought would be a window of opportunity for reasonably good weather, I had to take it. As the time came closer to when I had to leave, the conditions worsened but it was still the lesser of all evils that were forecast for later.

As is always the case I could not sleep the night before I was to leave. I gave up on getting enough rest and left Los Angeles at 2:00 in the morning. I try to get on the road by at 5:00 at the latest to avoid rush hour traffic. The day was beautiful and I knew I had to get in as much of the drive as I could before I stopped for the night. I was feeling really good. Since I left Los Angeles so early in the morning, I went through Albuquerque in the early afternoon. Even though I loved the hotel where I stayed in that city last year, I decided to keep driving east until early evening. If I did not continue and take advantage of the short span of nice weather, I would have a real problem with severe weather later.

I stopped in Amarillo that night. By the time I reached my hotel the rain had started and my last opportunity for pleasant weather was gone. I did well in driving that day despite my injuries and I needed to get a good night's rest to handle the challenging driving situations of the next two days.

(Photo taken in 2014)

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