Tour has been going awesome so far. We are 4,280 miles into it, and have been through Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and are currently making our way north through California. Since our last entry, we have traveled from El Paso to Tucson, and over to San Diego.
The next day, we set out to one of our favorite tour destinations....San Diego, CA. We traveled through the Arizona desert, taking in the intense scenery. We were driving right next to the Mexico border again. There were jagged mountain peaks, cactus, and the temp was mid 80's. Couldn't have asked for a better day for a drive. We stopped in Yuma and grabbed a bite to eat. Ben and I were enthralled by the hand drying machine in the men's room at the Yuma truck stop. We have been rating the bathrooms along the trip for kicks, and this one certainly got the four out of four stars.
When nearing California, we were stopped again (like the 4th time) by the border patrol. The dog scratched our van, so the made us pull aside the van, and asked if we had drugs or illegals on board. We were asked to exit the van and sit in chairs against their trailer while they searched the van. The Border Patrol agent asked who was the driver, and I stepped forward and told him I was. He asked if there were any drugs on board, and I replied no. He told me they were after "big packages" and not looking for small stuff. He also told me he was going to be angry if I was lying to him, and he found drugs. I assured him they would find nothing.
After that we drove on in the direction of California. We began to climb in elevation, and felt the air become a little cooler. We came around a bend to see mountains made of giant boulders that were round like gigantic river rocks. They were on all sides of us, and massive. It was as if we were on another planet.
We passed through, and pulled off for a stretch break near Octillio. We picked some fresh sage, and found some massive rocks in a creek bed that were all white, and had crystals in within. There was a garage near by that read BENNY and Son's. We took a time out to snaps some shots, and then headed to San Diego.
Jennie J flew in to meet us, and was picked up by a SD friend Jordan, and delivered to us at our hotel on Mission Blvd. We have been making it a practice to get the room at the same hotel when we can, as it is only a block from the Pacific Ocean.
We found this old picture hanging at store nearby that showed what PB looked like in the early days.
UP NEXT: BAKERSFIELD, OAKLAND, EUREKA
Chris & ReVoLtReVoLt