Road trip!

Started by Harvey Birdman, March 25, 2008, 10:30:55 am

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Harvey Birdman

I'm spending today getting my act together for a little jaunt to LaLa Land. I have a meeting in Palm Springs on Friday morning and I can't stand air travel (little planes are cool, but I absolutely hate being packed in an aluminum tube like a sardine) so it's time for a road trip. 2250 miles (~3620 km) round trip; I figure I'll leave tomorrow afternoon and get back Saturday afternoon. It should be fun - I've never been through the southern Utah/Nevada desert; never been to Lost Wages (Las Vegas); actually, I've never even been in a casino. Maybe I'll spend a night in Vegas and blow some money.

:)

moodflow

You are gonna love it.  The desert is amazingly beautiful. 

Vegas is quite expensive, so be prepared.

My wife and I go to Vegas twice a year (its only about a 5.5 hour drive from our house).

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Harvey Birdman

March 25, 2008, 01:39:03 pm #2 Last Edit: March 25, 2008, 03:03:00 pm by Harvey Birdman
Yeah, I'm looking forward to it. I've driven across Utah and Nevada on 80 several times, but never on the southern route. I've always thought Nevada was beautiful.

Where do you guys live?

Will

Take pictures man, sounds like fun.
The world is round... so you have to use spherical projection.

Harvey Birdman

Can't promise much there, I'm afraid. I'm bringing my little digital camera but I've never gotten very good with it. I used to be pretty good with my old 35mm's, but I haven't spent enough time playing with a digital one to get the hang of it.   ::)

moodflow

Quote from: Harvey Birdman on March 25, 2008, 01:39:03 pm
Yeah, I'm looking forward to it. I've driven across Utah and Nevada on 80 several times, but never on the southern route. I've always thought Nevada was beautiful.

Where do you guys live?


We live just south of San Diego, near the Mexico border.  A normal "speed limit" drive would take us 6+ hours to Vegas.  But since its the desert, there are areas on I-15 where you can haul ass, and still get passed by cars and police.  Unfortunately, there are a lot of accidents on that route, so if you take it, be careful.
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nvseal

It should be great. As Moodflow said, the desert is amazing. I remember seeing it when I went on vacations, back when I lived in Las Vegas.  ;D

rcallicotte

Harvey, you should miss the Santa Ana's, right?  That's a good thing, since you'll just be visiting.
So this is Disney World.  Can we live here?

Harvey Birdman

I think the main fire season is at the end of summer, if that's what you're referring to. I don't think that will be such an issue on the Palm Springs side of the mountains - I expect the vegetation is mostly on the coastal (LA) side. What do I know, though - I've been in LA and San Diego, but never on the desert side of the hills.

rcallicotte

I lived in between L.A. and Las Vegas (near Barstow) and remember the Santa Anas coming through the desert.  Brrrr.
So this is Disney World.  Can we live here?

Harvey Birdman

You know more about it than I do, then. I'm clueless.

;D

Harvey Birdman

Well, that was exciting... big ice storm on I-80 yesterday morning. One of the worst I've seen - semis flipped in the middle of the road, their cargo dumped... semis jack-knifed in the median, cars flipped, cars smashing through guardrails and going down embankments... big fun. I was doing ok until there was an accident in front of me and I had to touch my brakes. That was all she wrote. I was probably doing about 50, had hundreds of yards of open space in front and behind... the trouble was the semi in the lane right beside me. (I had 4 wheel drive and anti-skid braking; no matter. There was a solid 1/2 inch (~  1cm) of ice on the road - when I stepped out of the car I nearly fell on my ass.)

So I touched the brakes, the car started to oscillate, and I'm turning into the spin, trying to dampen the oscillations... and it's responding and I'm trying to drift off onto the shoulder and into the snow to stop myself. Back end hits the grass besides the road and snapped me right back out into traffic, spinning clockwise now at a high rate. I went backwards, under the trailer of the semi and into the rear wheels. The wheels hit the back of the car, but instead of just running over it as I expected, it bounced me back out from under, spinning couterclockwise, and into the snowbanks on the side of the road. The road was so icy that the car really didn't absorb much impact - it spun away like a hockey puck on a skating rink.

So I got out, tore the remaining piece of bumper free and kept going.

:o

Pretty serious damage to the back of the car, but considering, I think I used up a bit of my luck.

:)

rcallicotte

This has got to be the truest account of the most unbelievable account I've heard.  Or seen.

I'm glad you're okay.
So this is Disney World.  Can we live here?

Harvey Birdman

March 28, 2008, 10:27:19 am #13 Last Edit: March 28, 2008, 10:29:12 am by Harvey Birdman
The good news is it was the wife's car.

:D

The bad news is she was caught in the same ice storm driving my truck to work. She spun, too, when a deer ran in front of her on the road near our house. She was a little luckier, though - no damage to deer or vehicle.

rcallicotte

Ice is completely treacherous.  Basically, there is nothing anyone can do on bare ice.
So this is Disney World.  Can we live here?