So I have this idea for a book, it involves a road trip driving around the US. I live in LA so it's easy to start a trip like this. I can either go north towards Washington state then east, then south and then back west again. Or I can start out going east and go counter clock-wise around the county. I think this is one of those types of stories that you need to experience in order write about.
While researching routes for this trip I looked up the US interstate highway system on Wikipedia. One thing I discovered is that the eastern end of Interstate 40 is in Wilmington NC, where my best friend Paul lives. A couple of weeks ago I asked Paul how close the 40 was to his house, he said a couple of blocks and that he has seen the sign for Barstow, CA which is the western end of the 40. Barstow is about 120 miles from where I live but easy to reach.
I packed last night and sent off on a road trip of about 4 or 5 days depending how tired I get from driving.
Here's my odometer as I set off:
I made a couple of stops before I got on the 10 east. I got some budget money, my first expense was to get some water and snacks to have in the car just in case.
The first mention I saw of Barstow was just after I got on the 15 North.
I made a quick stop for lunch in Victorville. Got to Barstow about 30 minutes later and stopped for a look at the outlet stores found a couple of cute pairs of Easter socks at the Old Navy outlet. It was still nice out so I decided to press on to Needles.
After getting on the 40 east I saw the sign I was waiting for.
Made it Needles about 6:30 checked in at the Days Inn because of the free Wifi. Grabbed a sandwich from the local and filled up the gas tank.
Should I tell them it's spring?
Dennys for breakfast? 10% discount with room key.
Looking forward to day two.