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Day 2 – Monday, August 10, 2010

I left at 10:52, an hour later than I wanted from Los Angeles. The first couple of hours on the 10 passed by quickly as I was slowly released from the grips of the freeways of Los Angeles. But it was a brief respite. The traffic leading to casinos, Palm Springs, and Indio are just as intense. Still the increased traffic kept me going toward Blythe.

As I was crossing the border from California to Arizona, a Border Patrol agent, seemingly on cue sidled up alongside me only to pull over a gray truck with tinted windows. What was border patrol doing between the California and Arizona state lines? Creepy. Law and Order may not be what it appears.

As I drove five hours without stopping, it was nearly 4am. I didn’t want to stop, but I thought it was necessary. I used a roller as a pillow and found a 20-minute nap position. I got back on the road. My Garmin GPS indicated my arrival time would be 7:30am — in time to beat the heat while unpacking the Penske truck I had rented.

But the smooth ride I had experienced suddenly. The steering became loose. I felt as if I was hydroplaning on dry pavement. When I slowed down, the experience changed little. I had to find the nearest truck stop. The customer service agent scheduled an examination. The truck drivers and mechanics at Tonopah surprised me. Far from being gruff types I expected, they were all some of the best professionals I ever came across. Each person listened and offered helpful advice. They showed legitimated concern for the truck’s issue. The diagnosis? The wheels were tight and the truck was within the recommended weight. The only theory banded about was that the contents shifted. They hadn’t. They were tightly in place.

At 7:30 am, I finally left the truck stop and my new arrival time was 10:30. When I arrived my Dad was waiting and we unloaded the truck in 42 minutes. We spend our first day in Tucson getting the place together.

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August 13, 2010 at 5:17 pm

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