We were up at 6 a.m. to ready ourselves for disembarkation and starting our long drive north. Everything went very smoothly as we no sooner finished our breakfast and we were called to present ourselves to the onboard customs agents.
After completing immigration we gathered up our few remaining suitcases ( the big ones were taken last night and taken to the terminal ahead of us) and waited to be called to leave. The call came at 9 a.m. and we were off quickly. We were able to find our luggage in the terminal fairly quickly so out we went and there was our shuttle bus( San Diego Airport Parking) waiting for us. We left our car at San Diego Airport Parking and their service is excellent and a modest price ($105 for the month) and when we got to their
lot…out car was out front waiting for us. This allowed us to get an unexpected early start on our drive today. I had set three possible places to stay the night and was able to get to the furthest north…Tracy California by 6 pm. The roads were great but the traffic very heavy…in both directions. The weatherman cooperated today, but tomorrow does not look as promising.
We got through LA without too much of a slow down and stopped in Santa Clarita for lunch. Leaving Santa Clarita we started climbing and hit 4000’ at the Tejon Pass. The
scenery was unexpected and coming out of the mountain area down and down, until all of a sudden the valley opens up for as far as the eye can see. After this the driving was pretty tedious with a straight road ahead of us, but again…very heavy traffic. At one point Brian nodded off while driving, so I took over driving until we got to Tracy about 6 pm this evening.
While most of the landscape was pretty flat, we drove through miles and miles of fruit trees, almond trees, orange trees and land being prepared for vegetables or strawberries. We’re not sure what tomorrow will bring as mother nature looks like she’s sending rain and snow in our path. I’m not booking a hotel as I don’t want to tempt fate….we’ll just take our time and play safe.