Grand Canyon, AZ to Orange, CA
Total Miles: 493
Tanks of Gas: 2ish
Marital Spats: 0ish
Number of Tumbleweeds we hit: 3
On Tuesday we got very, very early for a final trip up to the Grand Canyon to go for a short run and watch the sunrise.
We drove into the park just after 5am. It was a cold and windy morning, but the sunrise was beautiful and the park was nearly empty. We ran a mile along the rim path to a look out point, waited for the sunrise, and then jogged back. On a side note, the altitude made it a real challenge to run and ride (at least we hope it's the altitude and not our terrible diet and lack of activity for the past week).
Our meal options were limited at 7am in the tourist trap so we opted for the McDonalds. This was my first visit to a Micky D's for at least 8 years. I was prepared to order an egg sandwich, but I was pleasantly supposed to find that they had oatmeal available. For only 290 calories it was a good option in a pinch.
I think this day of driving was the most "middle-of-nowhere" yet. I think we went at least 100 miles with zero gas stations, bathrooms, and just one radio station: God vs Satan...
The wind remained intense and while we climbed over the mountains we actually had to hold the wheel to keep from blowing around on the road!
We also saw many tumbleweeds and I hit a giant one with the truck and it disintegrated. I saw bits and pieces flying up for miles. When we crossed into California we had to stop at the agriculture inspection station. The inspector pulled the remains of the tumbleweed from out front grate to ensure we didn't bring any foreign plants into the state :)
As we got closer to Los Angeles the traffic started to get heavy and the highways got wider. It felt like we were returning to civilization after days in the desert.
We arrived at Sam's brother house in Orange and relaxed for awhile until he and his wife were done with work. We all headed down the street to watch the Angeles game. It was a great night and a fun game. Plus, the Angels handily beat Oakland - a nice bonus.
Today is the last day of our trip! I have mixed feelings. Sad that our vacation is coming to an end, but excited to get settled. We've essentially been living out of boxes and duffle bags for 3 weeks and it will be nice to get back into a routine.
We hope to arrive in San Francisco around 4pm this afternoon. We haven't actually seen the apartment we rented (Sam's dad checked it out for us) so let's all cross our fingers that it's acceptable ;)
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