As I sit in my truck waiting for someone to come and fix Joe’s I have spent the time entertaining myself.
We have traveled a total of 177 miles today after having left Poway, California, near San Diego.
We have had some steep hills to climb and some very steep grades to descend on this trip thus far.
When Carissa was about six years old, in 1986, together we watched Labyrinth and the Neverending Story. I don’t remember which movie has a character come to life from a mountain of boulders.
Maybe there is one hiding here.
Or maybe here.
Around one bend of the road I saw this cattle pen at the base of a stone mountain. Spectacular is all I could think. Or maybe this is one of those “You had to have been there things”.
The rock mountains we passed are part of this range of mountains.
Between Ocotillo, California and Yuma, Arizona is flat desert until you find yourself in the middle of sand dunes. This is a fluid landscape, ever changing according to the winds. One year through this stretch of road we had to drive through sand that had been blown across the road in deep drifts.
The Border Patrol have dune buggies to chase down immigrants on fast moving vehicles of their own trying to cross into the US. We saw such a race a couple years back and that bit of excitement was akin to being at the races. Except the losers of the race were on their knees and handcuffed.
While checking and playing with the photos I took today while we were stuck at the Arizona Port of Entry (POE) because the truck Joe is driving is having a multitude of problems. After over 2 hours waiting in the heat someone came from Rush Truck Center to see if he could diagnose the problem.
We still don’t know what is wrong with Joe’s truck or what we will be doing tomorrow. We are at a hotel in Yuma for the night and I’m ready to call this day done.
Have a great weekend everyone.