That was a long 3 days of driving, it could have been done in 2 but I stop along the way to see family. My route goes through LA to see my mom for one night, then off to Arizona for the longest leg and stay at my uncle’s. From there, I go on hwy 80 from the border to Lordsburg, the rest of the way on the 10 East.
Trying to veer away from politics on this blog, I’m pretty pissed I came all the way out here to miss seeing White Sands because of a government shutdown. Before I took off I made sure the rest stops weren’t part of it too, luckily they aren’t.
Had an interesting incident in LA on 405 South right at the bottom of Sepulveda pass. We were in the car pool lane, going the speed limit, when a CHP motorcycle pulled me over. At first I thought it was just to go past me, then I saw him wave us over. No shoulder, he pulled me over 5 lanes and blocked traffic for me. Still no shoulder, he forced me onto the 101 North where the traffic was stand still. My plan was to get off on the first exit, but before that could happen he looked inside the car and took off – leaving me stranded in traffic on a freeway out of my way.
I always try to time the LA traffic, that took me about a half hour or 45 minutes to get back on the 405 via side streets plunking me into the 405 traffic by the time I got back on track. I couldn’t figure out why I was being pulled over?? Then I remembered that my son’s car has New Mexico plates on it, did he not know New Mexico was part of the U.S.?? Pull me over 5 lanes to dump me in a ton of traffic?? Wow. When he looked in the window and saw we were white was when he took off.
The rest of the trip was just long. From Bisbee, that stretch of road from the border is 100 miles of nothing – it is a nice drive though. The only cars you see are border patrol with what looks like a tank with an huge antenna that must be an infrared camera to peer inside your car. There’s no gas, no cell coverage, that hundred mile stretch to Lordsburg.
I don’t know what’s going on, or if they pick up immigrants along the way then deliver them to Lordsburg? For anyone to make it all they way there with no food or water would be a miracle. My mom bought me a Garmin InReach after I almost ran out of gas on that road when it was 105 degrees out with no cell coverage.
Now I’ll have to find something else to do besides White Sands. It’s kinda nice to have a few days without news just listening to music. Then when you do get back to the Trump tantrum saga it smacks you back down. Unemployment is all-time low?? That’s someone who hasn’t been to San Francisco & Oakland to see how out of control the tents, living in cars and boats is right now.
As much as I’d like to think this Trump era will be over soon, HE’S STILL PRESIDENT, and he just blows a bunch of smoke out his ass and people believe him?? Can’t we just buy him a gold toilet seat and be done with the whole wall fiasco??
We’re in dangerous times if a president can shut down the rest of the government indefinitely to get his billions and throw obvious false figures out there.
What I see when I drive back and forth is people barely getting by, and a whole lot of white people on meth…no joke.