Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Grand Tour has begun

After what seemed to be a long, long wait we have finally begun our tour of the continent.  Ann officially retired on Friday June 3 and we hit the road immediately.  On Friday we headed west on I-10 from Phoenix and quickly got a reminder of why I like to avoid the interstate.  A couple hours on the road and a semi forces me to hit the shoulder.  A couple hours later and a similar scenario.  We made it to San Bernardino and headed north getting off of that ugly interstate. At this point it was new territory for us as neither of us had traveled north of I-10 in California.  We stayed over night at Oak Hills.  Saturday we drove north on 395, west on 58 past Edwards AFB and then north on 99.  Heading out of San Bernardino and again before Bakersfield there were some mountain climbs.  Once on 99 it was as flat as can be.  We stayed the night in Chowchilla in a nice quiet shopping center parking lot. We made it to our reserved campground just north of Sacramento at noon on Sunday.  We are here for a couple of weeks as we make our way to Seattle for the wedding.  We will spend the weekend checking out local history and attractions.

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