Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The Big Trip: California

Made it as far as Palm Springs late last night and then had enough. I had really hoped to be on the west side of L.A. by now, but 11 hours of continuous driving was my limit. I've noticed that whatever time frame Google Maps gives me, it consistently takes 1.5 hours longer.

At Quartzsite, AZ, I pulled over at a truck stop and discreetly unloaded my pistol and put it in the trunk and suddenly felt like I went from responsible citizen to peon.

As I approached the California border I started getting achey all over and a funny feeling in my throat. By the time I reached Palm Springs it was pretty clear that I was getting sick. Woke up at six this morning with the whole gamut of symptoms: headache, sore throat, sinus pain, aches and pains, tight chest. Great. Google Maps sez I have 8 hours to Santa Cruz, which means it's more like 9.5 or 10. No choice, gotta suck it up and get on the road. I can see a doc in SC.

Incidentally, I hadn't realized until last night that Palm Springs is Casinoville, USA. I'm staying at the fabulous Fantasy Springs Casino Resort where the staff are wonderful and the hotel is affordable -- $85 for a very nice room -- compared to the outrageous prices in/around L.A. for a so-so el crappo room and surly hotel staff. I guess they lure guests in with the low rates and then figure most of them will spend their $$ on gambling and other things (e.g. the $30 I spent on a room-service sandwich and beverage last night).

Well, gotta hit the road for the last leg. Another update when I hit Santa Cruz (if I make it!)


Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Maybe you're allergic to unconstitutional gun laws and liberalism.

Just a thought.

Hope you feel better.
Thanks for shooting the contest, too!! :)

8/01/2007 4:26 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Wave as you go by if you pass Morgan Hill/Gilroy just before you go over the hill to Santa Cruz.

Weather's nice here, once the morning marine layer burns off.

8/01/2007 6:58 PM  
Blogger Gringo_Malo said...

I'm confused. Google shows a route that goes through free states (i.e., states that recognize a Texas CHL) right up until you get to Oregon. It also seems to cut the Left Coast corner.

8/02/2007 12:23 PM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...


I decided to go to a conference in Santa Cruz at the last minute and altered my route.

8/02/2007 5:58 PM  
Blogger Gringo_Malo said...

Oh. Well, I hope that your mileage is a tax writeoff.

8/03/2007 8:20 AM  

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