West Coast Trip

In late September/early October, we flew to Los Angeles to visit friends and family.  In no particular order, we did the following:

  • With Steve and Wende, we went to downtown LA and toured the Grammy Museum, took a ride on Angels Flight and stopped into Grand Central Market.
  • On another day, we went to the “Old World Village” in Huntington Beach to sample their Octoberfest celebration.
  • Over the weekend, Steve and Kevin went to San Francisco and attended the San Francisco 49ers game, playing against the Seattle Seahawks.  Unfortunately, SF lost but we enjoyed the trip.
  • While we were in SF, Valerie visited with Jason, Ashley, Tad and Mia.  She also had lunch with her long-time friend, Delcy.
  • We took a trip out to Prescott, Arizona, to visit Tim and Dinah.  We enjoyed some nice hiking, and I had a thrilling ride with Tim in their Porsche 911.
  • The timing of our visit coincided with birthdays for Steve as well as for Valerie’s son, Tim.  Steve and Wende hosted a nice birthday cookout for the family.
  • Valerie and I visited with her Aunt Amy (her Mom’s sister).

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The Move – Day 6

At long last, the drive is over.  Day 6 began in Kingsport, TN, and ended at our destination in Germantown, MD.  We crossed two state boundaries:  Virginia and Maryland.  Once again, we had scattered clouds and temps in the 70’s.  On balance, we couldn’t have asked for better weather for our drive.  We were very fortunate.

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This drive has reminded me just how awesome air travel is.  It’s incredible to think that in 5 hours you can cover the same distance that we just spent 6 days driving.  When we arrived, we didn’t have to start moving into the apartment right away.  Valerie’s sister kindly offered to allow us to park in their driveway and spend the night with them so that we can get a fresh start moving in tomorrow.

Day 6 miles driven was about 407.  Total for the trip was a little over 2,600.

The Move – Day 5

Day 5 began in Memphis, TN, and ended in Kingsport, TN.  Today was all Tennessee, all day.  We had another good weather day with scattered clouds and temps ranging from low 60’s to low 70’s.  But, the big news is that we entered the Eastern Time zone.  I know, but it’s all we’ve got.

The other big news is that tomorrow will be our final driving day.  The last time we traveled across the US in a vehicle, it was in our motorhome in 2016 and we took about one full year to complete the roundtrip.  All things considered, I think I prefer the one year version to the six day version.

Day 5 miles driven was about 460.

The Move – Day 4

Day 4 began in Oklahoma City, OK, and ended in Memphis, TN.  We had mostly scattered clouds and temps in the high 60’s.  Quite pleasant for our needs.  We offed Oklahoma, ate all of Arkansas and tiptoed into Tennessee.  However, no time change today.  We remain in Central Time.

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We spoke to my sister earlier today and she gave us the heads up that the I-40 bridge that crosses the Mississippi River into Memphis was recently closed when they discovered a crack in it.  Turns out that it was good information to have but knowing didn’t change the fact that there is only one other bridge to get us into Memphis and naturally, it was very busy.  Google maps navigation gave us a suggestion that allowed us to bypass perhaps 1.5 miles of the backup so only cost us about 15 minutes delay.

Day 4 miles driven was about 480.