The Ride – Getting to San Diego

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You can get there from here! We left Maine on December 28 and drove to San Antonio. It took about 36 hours but we did it in a safe manner. Corey and I switched off every 2 hours. Also, if we felt tired we would stop at a Rest Area and walk around. These stops were dotted with breaks, as we needed food/drinks and gas.

Here are some questions for my friends at Rumford Elementary School. Our trip took us down i95, i84, onto i81. We traveled through the Poconos Mountains, Shenandoah Valley, past the Blue Ridge Mountains, and through the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Do you know what states they are in?

Western Tennessee into Arkansas saw the terrain change. Slowly it became more prairie-like. We crossed a great River, bigger than any one here in Maine. It starts up in the Northern Minnesota and splits the United States in half. Which river do you think it is? The previous questions might require you to do some research. I bet Ms. Broderick can help. Good luck.

The city of Texarkana led us into Texas. Flat and full of very large farms, Texas is a cowboys dream! Very large ranches is the best way to describe the landscape. And then there are very large cities! It is often said, “Everything is bigger in Texas!” Dallas is a huge city…and it is the home of the #1 football team, the Dallas Cowboys (as those who watch football already know). This area has a lot of people and is much bigger than Boston! We turned south and headed through the cities of Temple, Waco, Austin, and ended at San Antonio. We stayed here with my brother for 4 days. It is nice to have relatives off in faraway places.

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San Antonio at sunset.

In San Antonio, we explored the famous Riverwalk and Alamo. The Riverwalk is beautiful with lots of shops and historical markers. If you ever get to San Antonio, this is a must-see! And for the patriotic American, history buff, and freemasons, no visit to this city would be complete until you toured the Alamo. The ultimate sacrifice the defenders of this mission did for freedom is remarkable! We departed the city on January 2nd,

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Alamo

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Alamo is smack in the middle of Texas’ 2nd largest city!

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The leadership of the Alamo were Freemasons.

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The Riverwalk – This is only a picture…you need to see this for real. We could’ve spent a whole day right here.

Headed out for El Paso. I10 is the interstate highway we took… 489 miles later we pulled into the west end of Texas. The landscape is beautiful, flat with weird plateaus (just like in the old Western movies). In the west end (El Paso) there are mountains but nothing like our mountains. Vegetation is sparse, brush-like, with a lot of cacti. And towns are few and far between. Several times we came close to running out of gas. But here were the oddities: On January 2, we had to use the car AC (It was that hot!). And the speed limit was 80! (And why not! The road was flat, straight, and minimal traffic)

Much of the same kind of terrain as we traveled through the night through New Mexico and Arizona. Oddly enough, Border Patrol had a checkpoint set up on the interstate. They were looking for illegal aliens (The interstate borders the country of Mexico.) With our Maine plates they let us right through.

We did see several accidents and one was bad. It reminded us to pay attention, stay alert, and drive safely. One note of importance we passed over the Rio Grande River in New Mexico.

Gas in the South is generally cheaper than what we pay in Maine… California averaged it all out though. We paid $2.02 a gallon in Arizonia. The next state, California, we paid $3.78! Wow!

Our plans are to start the bike ride on January 5th. Stay tuned! More to come! 😀

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Mission 22 – They are a veteran service charity to help men and women in uniform with PTSD, TBI, and Suicide. Click on “Mission 22” name or the logo to access the contribution page.

 

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