Day 2: Weed To Coalinga, CA
Was nice to get a decent nights sleep, and be able to take a regular shower (as opposed the the Navy shower in the trailer). Woke up to a pretty cold morning - low 20's. A little colder than unexpected, but I had left the heater on in the trailer as we were expecting at least some below freezing temps. I don't like leaving the trailer unattended when it's that cold, so this was a bit of an experiment. Seemed it made it through okay, as have found no leaking pipes.
Nice views of Mt. Shasta today, as weather was clear. We didn't rush out this morning, so got off around 8:30 a.m. I'm afraid the truckers beat us! Pretty uneventful day, as we just continued down I-5. One of the potential routes was to head off towards Susanville, but the weather reports for that area were worse than where we were, so stayed on I-5.
Another favorite stopping off place for Melinda and I was at Corning, to get olives at the Olive Pit. If you're ever down that way, they have ALL KINDS of olives, and olive oils. Unfortunately, however, due to our schedule this time, Ryan and I did not stop. Next time I guess.
Plans changed again as we approached the junction of I-5 and Hwy 99, as we opted for speed and distance, so we continued on down I-5. I sort of wanted to go down 99 as there is more to see, but it is also a bit slower, due to the number of towns one must pass through.
As we were travelling down I-5, and looking towards the "valley", we noticed that the "valley" was fairly smoggy, so good idea we didn't go down 99. I had not been down this stretch of I-5 before, and now I know why. Not much scenery on this stretch.
For those of you not experienced in trailer travel, it offers a few more options for meal times. My particular trailer allows access to the regrig, etc, even with the slide outs pulled in, so we just stopped at a rest stop and made sandwiches, then continued on down the road.
As I didn't have any destination plans - sort of flying by the seat of our pants - we called ahead to locate a camping site for the night. I didn't want to keep going after dark tonight, so we found a place about 40 miles north of Bakersfield at Coalinga. Pulled in right after dusk, and even had time to BBQ a couple steaks which I'd been saving for the occassion.
And just for the record, I let Ryan have the good bed, and I slept on the hide-a-way couch.
Travel time: 8 1/2 hours; 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Distance: 428 miles