On the Road - Part A

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When we drove up the mountain into Sequoia National Park we went from an elevation of 350' to over 6,700 feet. 27.5 miles of driving was on very steep grades and switchbacks. Needless to say I had the motorhome in either 1st or 2nd gear while towing the Saturn up the road. When we came down I had to use 1st gear almost all the way to keep the brakes from overheating.

Here are some of the pictures we took while driving from California to Florida.

As usual for us, driving in the Los Angeles area left something to be desired.
At one point Interstate 5 had six lanes heading south.
All lanes jammed with cars and trying to travel at 65 MPH.

They don’t worry about zipping from the inside left lane to the outside off ramp in one quick movement. They can do it without hitting anything.

They also don’t seem to understand the use of an on ramp. They pull onto the interstate at 45 mph, coast for several seconds, make you hit the brakes and then speed up. So in California I never drive in the right lane.

But the worst road to drive on was I-10 in Louisiana.
Most of it is concrete but the sections seem to be convex. At each joint the front of the motorhome would drop down and then bounce up. Then followed by the rear. At 60 mph the motorhome would seem to hit a resonance and we needed the seatbelts to keep us in the seats. I had to slow to 35-40 mph to reduce the bouncing. Then the next problem was that they do not pick up the broke tire treads which the trucks seem to leave all over the place.


We followed this tanker truck halfway through Los Angeles.
Mom got tired looking at us.


Did you ever hear one of those “Happy Cows in California” commercials?
Well this is what they look like. It is good the camera cannot capture the smell!
This one was actually in New Mexico. But California has many larger ones.


Cell towers near Yuma Arizona are required to look like palm trees.

It was 112 degrees and sandy along I-10 in Arizona.
They had irrigation canals winding through the dunes.


Mexico is just on the other side of the dunes.
Note the white barriers along side the interstate.
They keep the Mexican cars from going onto the interstate.


The dunes slowly change to sand with cactus.

The roads are very straight.

Part of I-10 in Louisiana is called "The Atchafataya Swamp Freeway."
This is the start of the elevated Swamp Freeway.


I-10 goes for over 20 miles through the swamp.

I-10 going across Mobile Bay.

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