Picked up my dad from LAX with no problem. LAX is kind of a zoo. Too many people for even how gigantic the airport is.
We left at 4:30am from our luxurious accommodations at the Hampton Inn in Banning, CA. Through rage, the power of combination electric gas engines, and the deliciousness of Ruffles All Dressed chips, we made it to Kerville, TX. About 60 miles outside of San Antonio. 1,213 miles on the first day.
Notes from the road:
Once you get past LAX, other than a quick run through Tuscon, Phoenix, and the behemoth of El Paso, there is literally nothing.
West texas is the end of the world. 27 degrees with a 20 mile an hour wind. At one point, my dad tells me, “Son, I love you. But you getting yo ass outside this car to fill it up with gas. Im not doing it.” This was part of the reason we decided to blast through the trip.
Early in the day I decide to buy a little hand held CB radio. I get it in the car…all I get is static. I cant figure it out. I adjust all the settings, nothing. We stop at a truck stop for gas, food, and toilet. Before we leave, my dad grabs the CB and it works no problem. We are pumped, get back on the road. The second we start down the road, static. My dad figures it out first, and I google to confirm. The RF interference from the Prius’ engine makes CB communication almost impossible. You have to get a mounted external antenna to get it to work. Rats.
I made a 16 hour playlist for the trip. It worked swimmingly.
When you are driving in west texas in the middle of the night, you hit random trash that just blasts across the road. You think it may be an animal, you would be wrong.
Every single gas station in between the major cities, we had a line to get to a pump. Open a gas station in west texas, make money.
We pulled into Kerville, TX at 12:30am. I blacked out the second we pulled in.
The next day was significantly easier. Because it was basically road I had already travelled. Once you get to San Antonio, its decent enough sprawl all the way to New Orleans to where you dont go 10 miles without seeing a town.
Easy drive. Nothing odd on the road. Was smooth.
I get in and find out my son has gotten worse. The virus or whatever he has is causing him to spike big fevers. All plans have changed, and I am now heading out to atlanta this morning after I see my grandparents. Hes ok for now, but I need to get back. Such is the life on the road.
I found that last night I had trouble sleeping. Couldn’t get rest, so I woke up extra early. Bought enough supplies for a small army, loaded the car, and started my journey.
I would think it would be hard to drive away from Los Gatos for what is probably the last time, but it wasn’t. I guess I have already transitioned and the drive just makes it official.
Its weird to drive across the country in a Prius. For one thing, when you think of road trips, you think of refueling. You will need refuling before the Prius will. I was used to holding tight till I ran out of gas. Can’t do that with the prius. Not at all.
Plus its odd design, compact yet roomy on the insight, doesn’t feel the same compared to the other cars. Its hard to fully articulate. Ill think about it more as the journey continues.
Other observations on the first day of the drive (Los Gatos, CA to Beaumont, CA)
I-5 is an odd interstate. As its that mega-rural part of California that gets culturally consumed by the Los Angeles area and the Bay Area. But it is massive.
I saw a sign that had pasted over “Trump” with “THANK YOU” so it now read “Thank you for making America great again!”
The thing about I-5 is that it smells like shit. Its 100% agricultural. So if the wind drifts a certain way, you get the odeur of pure cow feces. It lingers. If you dont switch to interior air circulation, you smell cow shit for a 100 miles.
I still dont understand how one lives in the LA area. If you get on the wrong side of the LA traffic gods, you are smited for your insolence. I have been on the bad side too many times. This was definitely one of those days. Long trek to the hotel.
With Ethan sick, I am trying to shorten my trip to make it across the country in 4 days. Not sure if its possible given the circumstances, but I am going to try. More news as it develops.
Life comes at you pretty fast. I think thats the theme of the blog so far.
House is on the market. Its an odd feeling to have a house for sale, but I mostly am ready to just be done with this part of the Freedom 17 plan. And I think we will be soon. Have some good traction so far. Lets see if it keeps up.
There is a tradition in my household. Everytime I leave town, something happens. Either some kind of logistic fails, or A flight is missed or some such thing. This time around, Ethan got sick. Goes to pediatrician tomorrow (been sick for 3 days now).
Right now, I am back in the bay area for just one day. Tomorrow morning I finish up some logistics here, then I start the long drive.
More than anything else, I am ready to see what Georgia has to offer. Ready to spend more than one day in my new (temporary) home. So lets get this thing started.
When we started thinking about the move, we started with a simple plan.
Free in 2017. Trying to remove as many worries and problems from our lives as we can.
Following that plan lead to today. Our house goes on the market Monday. Everything we need for the short term is shipped, and now we depart ourselves
A giant leap for our little family. But a leap for the better
It took us almost a full week to settle in here at the hotel. But so far, not bad at all.
Its the kind of place with a mini kitchen, mini oven, mini microwave, mini everything, but we are making a solid go of it. Cooking dinner and stuff even. There is also a nice park right down the hill so we dont have to stay cramped in here.
I would say at this point its a countdown to takeoff. T-minus 6 days till Atlanta, and we are stoked.
I think living in the hotel makes everything feel transient. Like we are wanderers in the wasteland. It will be nice to get a sense of home again.
The house is being transformed for sale. I went last night to wash some clothes. It looks real nice. I’m hoping that means we can turn it quick.
Everyone’s in good spirits here, but I think we are just ready to go.
My wife and I were talking last night about how neither of us can get into the Christmas spirit. Still feels like that pre-thanksgiving week period to us. I have a feeling that will change once we are in our new home.
More news as it comes. Oh, and we also managed to get this done
More pictures through other channels at a later date.