Since last winter went so swimmingly, let's try it again! TFS has very graciously opened her home in the west San Fernando Valley to me again. This time her daughter AS (and dog and cat) are there too. Two women + two dogs + two cats = not my usual solitary winter again. Huzzah!
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|| Home From the Valley |
What else to do as I unwind from the final day of unwinding my trip south? Drink some beers, watch some hockey, get all home-computered again, and then sleep will come. And write stuff here, in case anyone's been looking in and has an interest in the state of my existence.
Day 1 left at 9:09 am PDT from Woodland Hills, CA . Started the day hot, with the sun burning my exposed arms through California, Nevada, Arizona, and southern Utah. Until Cedar City, UT , where a prior day's snowstorm (leaving road- and hill- and mountainside traces) and the elevation meant the top went up. And stayed up until Great Falls, MT the next day.
Day 2 left at 7:07 am MDT from just south of Ogden, UT . Arrived home at 10:16 pm HDT. Google says it should take 15:43, 1661 km (1032 mi). I did it, with stops for gas, bug removal, bathroom, duty-free in Sweetgrass, crossing, 1 wrong turn in Red Deer, AB after stop for food and gas, stop for beer: 15:09 hours. 90 mph (144.8 km) at least, when I could get away with it. 80(129)/75(121)/75 speed limits (Utah/Idaho/Montana). More like 80 in north of the border, where the speed limit is lower, though I pushed it later in that leg, as traffic thickened and I could go with the (high on the QE2) flow more. Who knows what photo-radar mail will show up in 2 weeks though...
Was worth devoting a whole day to today's leg and just getting it done. It's a pretty dull view out the window north of Great Falls. Mostly-featureless prairie that I've seen all my life. A bit side-windy mid-trip. Trucks in a few spots. Light construction in a few others. Missed the heat by a day except after Great Falls, MT , and until Red Deer where it was getting cool as it became evening and I got less interested in top-down into Edmonton. Nice and cozy as I zipped along, and CKUA sounded better without wind and vehicle noise.
Took my usual lotta pics, even while driving at least 10% over the speed limit, sometimes in traffic. Aye leeve on ze etch...