I just finished a marathon trip to Corona, CA, to help my brother pack up his stuff and move to Texas. The direct route is I-5 and back, but the timing allowed me to make a little side trip.
Intrigued by the geographic nuances (see trivia below), I went from Seattle to Great Basin National Park, NV. Once there, I had to add brief tours of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks in Utah. From that point, it was a straight shot down I-15 into the brown pancake of the greater Los Angeles metroplex. On the way back, I thought I’d be clever and try to get a quick stop in Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, but snow closed the road linking the two.
Later this week, I’ll post the best photos of the trip. Until then, here is the Harper’s index:
Miles driven 3,141.5 … with snow chains 23.4 Average fuel economy 30.1 mpg Longest stretch without any signs of civilization 130.1 miles: Wells, NV to McGill, NV Miles totally lost 18.3, after stopping for dinner in Stockton, CA. States covered 7: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, California Number of unabridged audio books listened to 9 Three franchises most frequently appearing on Interstate “Food” signs McDonald’s, Subway, Burger King Not seen: Stuckey’s, Whitecastle.