Mark, my Craigslist RideShare across the country and to the northwest, pulled into Daytona Beach International Airport at 9:30 a.m. on Monday morning. I was waiting and ready, and seeing him drive up with his Toyota Matrix pulling the U-Haul behind was a great relief! My ride had arrived! He was relieved too, cuz now he had an extra driver.
It took until the late afternoon to finish with Florida’s panhandle along the I-10 and cross the border into Alabama. A short few miles later we crossed into Mississippi, which wasn’t a much longer distance than Alabama. Finally in the evening we crossed into Louisiana and arrived at Lafayette where we had reserved a hostel. It was a great place – really liked it. Friendly, clean, homey and comfy. It was $18.00/night each for the dorm rooms. If you’re ever in Lafayette, you should experience this place – it’s called the Blue Moon Saloon and they have amazing music events on occasions where several hundred people attend. It’s a World Famous Honky Tonk! Check it out here: http://bluemoonhostel.com
We left around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning and arrived in Austin, Texas, about 1:30 p.m. Mark introduced me to his friend he was meeting up with, and I went on to a nearby coffee shop called “Quacks” where I met up with a new-found friend of mine who has been reading my blog – Kantiki. What a great meeting! He brought his laptop and the two of us tete-a-teted for many hours until we got hungry and went over to a great little
restaurant called “Mothers” right across the street and mange’d down some delicious organic food! I was mighty impressed by the little I saw of Austin!
Kantiki is writing a book, blogs regularly, is a musician who creates music digitally as well as a D.J., and is simply a one-man-tour-d’eforce – I’ve probably spelled that all wrong, but you get the picture. Check out his work at http://landlore.net He’s pretty amazing!
After dinner Kantiki walked home, and I called Mark. He had slept for the last 4 hours and was all refreshed and ready to drive, so we hit the road about 10:45 p.m. and drove the rest of the night through the massive, never-ending state of Texas, finally arriving at the New Mexico border at around 10 a.m. in the morning. From there to San Diego, California the drive went pretty fast. A few hours through New Mexico, another few through Arizona, and then to the border of California. We arrived in San Diego around 7 p.m. and were warmly welcomed by his Mom, Rae, and two of her friends.
Rae had a delectable scrumptious dinner waiting for us, and neither of us were up too late that night. We were bushed! We had crossed the entire southern perimeter of the U.S. in 57.5 hours, which included the night’s stop in Lafeyette, Louisiana, and the 9 hour stop in Austin, Texas! That’s a marathon of driving – it was over 2,500 miles of driving!
The next morning Rae led us in yoga out along her waterfront, (see her website of multi health related skills at http://raenewoman.com) and the rest of the day was filled with activites around La Jolla, a town I’ve never spent much time in before. It was beautiful and we were fortunate with the weather. Rae’s mother joined us for a walk and then lunch, and later that evening I met Rae’s brother and his son! I was getting to meet Mark’s entire family, and it was quite enjoyable.
We had laid over in San Diego for Thursday because Mark’s brother up in San Francisco who Mark was going to pick up on our way north, could not leave San Francisco until late Friday night. Friday around 10 a.m. we left San Diego to head north, and arrived in San Francisco well after dark.
After making a salad for dinner we each crashed – Mark on the sofa and me on the floor. We were beat! But then his brother arrived about 2 a.m. and within half an hour we were all loaded into Mark’s car and night-driving again. Our destination was Medford, OR, by 9:30 a.m. which is the time the Storage center opens for me to retrieve my truck. And it was me at the wheel from around 4:30 a.m. on to Oregon!