Day 1, Saturday, April 10, Home to Tulare, CA via CA99: 152 miles
The day finally arrived for my lovely Trail Buddy to join me for an adventure out of state – the first one together since September! If there’s family at the end of the journey, she’s all in. If it’s just a trip to go bummin’ around the country as I love to do – she’ll pass.
This trip we planned to head south to Arizona where we’d visit with a cousin of Lavonne’s that she hasn’t seen in many years. And while there, we planned to visit an uncle that we haven’t seen in a few years. Arizona is not our kind of summer fun, and we avoid it on our adventures in the summertime. But it was April, so we figured we could handle the Arizona heat, which, as of Day 1, was predicted to be in the high 80s when we planned to arrive. We could handle that.
We just came back ourselves from a 2 week trip; first to AR and then LA to visit our children and meet the newest granddaughter, Autumn, who was only 2 wks. young when we met her. She is so beautiful! Got to see her give a big smile just before filling her diaper! hehehehe
Anyway, great weather in AR but it stormed constantly at our daughter’s place in LA. During one night the lightening and cracks of thunder and the pouring rain woke me up. The day before we left to come home and the morning of, all sunny! Then we ran into SNOW in IL at Bloomington and Bloomington Normal. Then on Tues. after we arrived home, it SNOWED overnight! Thankfully it all melted on Wed.
Riding in the truck, we finally went from 17.8 to 18.1 mpg! The best yet! But sitting all the time made me so stiff! I’m still suffering a bit from all that riding!
That’s the highlights of OUR trip. We told the kids that we wouldn’t be going to see them any more as in 2 years we’ll be going on 74 and it’s just too hard on our bodies. THEY’LL have to save money to come and SEE US!
We saw MANY seniors driving what you drive, and at one point I said to Jim, “If I saw a rig like yours with ‘BIG BLUE ll’ on the back, I’d be waving to the driver like crazy!”
I’m glad that you both enjoyed your trip, as usual. Should you two ever decide to drive to WI, let us know and we could meet somewhere and actually meet in person and visit!
Sandy & Jim Aerts
Hi Sandy –
Thanks for the visit and the note. Glad you all got a good trip in even though the weather wasn’t so good. Now, if you had a comfy motorhome, you might enjoy those long drives more! Those Class A passenger seats are usually recliners with an extended foot rest and are very comfy.
That’s an awful long drive from Wisconsin to LALA Land. I told my kid, who lives with his family near San Diego, the same thing four years ago. Since then I refuse to drive through LA ever again. So, for the past four years, I rarely hear from him and see him even less. I hope your family is a bit more willing to make the effort!
Thanks for the invite. It seems pretty unlikely I’ll be driving in Wisconsin, but I’ll keep you all in mind if I ever do.
Thanks again. -Dale
Dale, it’s not California. It’s Louisiana. lol