Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Travel Tales: LA to Akron 2015 - Day One

Mojave Desert, 2011
Mojave Desert, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I had an amazing trip to California this year. The visit to the Utah national parks at the beginning of the trip was spectacular. The apartment where I stayed was the best place I have ever had in Los Angeles. The weather in LA during my stay was very warm and as usual I did not want to leave to go home. I find it so difficult to say goodbye! The weather for the journey home was a nightmare, so I had to wait another week to start my drive.

I woke up at 2:30 and thought about trying to get some extra sleep, but realized it would be 3:30 in the time zone where I would be stopping. I always try to aware of the time difference for planning to avoid rush hour in the big cities. Time to get on the road.

Going through the Mojave Desert during the night is not my favorite because I do enjoy seeing the beauty of the desert. I had no problems. The price of gas was lower than when we made the trip west, so that was a blessing. I was not sure where I would stop. I made such good time that I was in Albuquerque before hotel check-in time, so I decided to keep going to Amarillo. I also wanted to take advantage of the good weather while I had it.

When I arrived at the hotel, I was told the place was full. Another traveler informed me most hotels were full. I never know how far I will drive in a day. When I finally decide to stop, I am really tired and looking for a hotel in an unfamiliar area is the last thing I want to do. Fortunately, I contacted my daughter who is a wizard in finding hotels and soon I was unpacking the car. I always take into the hotel anything that is visible in the car. I make sure that anything of value is packed in those bags. If anyone breaks into the car, he will not find anything worth taking.

Day one of fourteen hours was complete.

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