We hit the road by the crack of 10:30 which actually is pretty darn good.
|Good-bye Santa Cruz County!|
Leaving Santa Cruz's beauty is tough but we were all so excited to get on the road. The longest day is always the one where we try to get out of California. Heading south on I-5 is a long, hot slog with lots of big trucks on the road. We weren't excited about it so we took by-ways instead. It probably cost us some time but our sanity is worth it, don't you think?
|Oil Fields along Hwy 33|
We drove through some pretty countryside and some not so pretty countryside. Eventually, though, you have to drop into the Dread Central Valley.
|The Central Valley . . . Dread it.|
|Desert Dusk with Joshua Tree|
A good, if tiring, first day!