Lodi, CA to Blythe, CA
574 miles / approx. 9 hours
It was all about California today. We’re in Blythe tonight, about 5 miles from the Arizona state line. We thought about trying for Phoenix, but we pushed pretty hard yesterday, didn’t sleep very well, and we gave ourselves 6 days instead of 5 for a reason, dangit! It’s another 2-1/2 hours or so to Phoenix, so we plan on a later start, then meeting my parents for lunch somewhere around Phoenix/Mesa.
Today was my day to feel a little icky — I’m just not used to being in a car this much. So tomorrow’s goal is a gentler one, not just so we can take it easy, but because apparently we’re chasing a storm across the country. The weather today was sunny all the way, and I’d like to keep it that way (though I don’t think we’ll be able to avoid at least SOME rain).
There’s not a lot of cell phone reception here in Blythe (only one bar on both of our phones), but tonight’s motel has free wifi (which a ton of motels now seem to have).
Tomorrow’s goal: El Paso, TX (580 miles, approx. 9 hours)