The Day of Departure finally got here for our planned trip around the USA. We were planning on an 8am departure, but lots of things intervened and we didn't make it out until 8:40 am. The drive from our home near San Diego, to our planned stop in the Phoenix area, was fairly uneventful (thank heavens). Here is the link to the planning stage of this trip.
We were expecting winds in the mountains east of San Diego, and that's not unusual. However, it was mostly a nice breeze, not enough to make any trucks get off the highway. I also decided to try taking a couple of photos with my new phone, as we went through one of my favorite parts of the drive near Mountain Springs. There are some views in that area of the old US-80, where it's not driveable, but I don't think a Smart Phone has a quick enough shutter to catch them at 70mph.
photo(5) by jeanniesisters, on Flickr
photo(4) by jeanniesisters, on Flickr
We had a lovely brunch at IHOP in Yuma -- it's a favorite stop of ours when we are starting our trip by heading east on I-8. One habit for trip prep, that I've developed over the years, is to collect coupons for restaurants and stash them in a folder. We had a number of choices, but IHOP's "free meal" coupon beckoned. It was a free pancake breakfast -- I had the 55+ Rooty breakfast, and when the bill came, they took the price of the regular Rooty breakfast off our bill -- so we got $7.29 off the bill instead of just the $5.49 that my breakfast would have cost!
Our A/C had been turned on in the truck as we came down from the mountains west of El Centro. I kept watch of the temperatures outside, and they steadily crept up to 107F in Tempe when we arrived there at 3:25 pm....360 miles, 6-3/4 hours from departure. We spent the evening visiting with my parents but wonder about my dad. He likes the house A/C set at 83 which is just too hot for us!