Leaving L.A. for Fresno
We had a lot of fun in L.A. The weather is fantastic, a little cool at night but sunny and around 21 degrees. We left L.A. for Fresno, a stop-over on the way to Yosemite National Park.
We dropped in to the beach to have a look on the way out. It was just beautiful – and yes, we saw roller-bladers and cyclists and people walking dogs and all the stuff you see in the movies. The beach was really wide and it had life-guard stations every 100 or so metres and they had a 4WD ute with a surf board strapped to the roof that they use to go around helping people and telling them off for doing the wrong thing. Also found a nice message in the sand…
We filled up “gas” today. I had one half of a tank left but we had a big drive ahead of us. I couldn’t get the petrol to flow and then someone helped me. I had to pre-pay with an EFTPOS card that has a PIN. If you don’t have one, you have to go inside and prepay with cash (no credit cards). You have to estimate what you need and then they pre-approve the pump up to that amount. I guess this saves them from drive-aways. We filled up at $4.19/gallon ($1.12/litre) and the Americans are complaining about the price!
Leaving L.A on the freeway system was quite easy (with Annie navigating of course). We saw two-near pile-ups on the freeway, both right next to us. I have to tell you, traveling at 120km/h on a 7 lane freeway with cars going everywhere on the opposite side of the road and nearly getting sucked into two accidents can be a little unnerving!
When we had officially left L.A., we hit some really big mountain ranges – they were amazing. The landscape changed so quickly – from course rocky mountains, to smooth dirt/rock mountains to lush green grass covered mountains. Then all of a sudden, we hit dead-flat plains! We were then in agricultural country, and this is my favourite part of the trip. Driving through rural America with country music playing on the radio. We saw a lot of vineyards with rows of vines that were about 1 km wide and run the length of the property which could easily have been longer than 1 km.
We stopped at this hi-tech truck stop in Arvin for a break and some late lunch. The whole place was well-kept and had amazingly clean toilets. We heard this announcement over the P.A.: “Attention professional drivers, shower number 10 is now free”. Awesome!
The sunset was absolutely magnificant over the plains – you can see for miles and I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a sunset like that. Unfortunately, we didn’t get photos – only video!