Big Boy Chill’s Road Trip to California was a Success
First, let me start by saying that Texas is entirely too big. Like, can we split it up into two more states, maybe? Probably not, but it was just a thought. Texas is miserably big. It's the size of a small country and took us about 13 hours to cross the ginormous state traveling west along Interstate 10.
Our drive began on the morning of Saturday, December 1, at about 10 a.m., where along with my sister and her boyfriend, we drove roughly 1800 miles to our destination in the Los Angeles area where they are now residents. After a stop in Las Cruces, New Mexico to rest overnight, and then a few hours in Tuscon, Arizona to visit family, we finally arrived at our destination on the morning of Monday, December 3, at roughly 8 am. We took turns driving so it made the trip a bit more tolerable, which isn't saying much for three adults having to ride in the cab of a U-Haul truck for 2 days while also pulling a Jeep on a trailer.
Sidenote: New Mexico stinks when you cross over the border leaving Texas. There are lots of livestock, and it's noticeable. Here's a tip, keeping your windows up doesn't help. Just purchase a new nose when you get to L.A. because you're certain to burn the one off your face from the smell of manure and urine seeping through the air vents.
You're probably asking yourself, "C'mon Chill, it couldn't have been all that bad?" Truthfully, it wasn't. What made the trip bearable was that I was with two people that I love dearly and that they were embarking on a new chapter in their lives that could take them so much further than what Louisiana sadly has to offer.
The drive made for some interesting moments of me freestyling to Dj Chopp-A-Lot making beats while I drove through Fort Stockton, TX, and cruising through New Mexico into Arizona listening to Willie Nelson's On the Road Again, along with anything remotely resembling a song about driving. We made the best of it!
Would I ever take that 25-hour drive again? I'm pretty sure I will, but as long as there are some additional drivers and I have time to stop and enjoy the sights. Let's just hope it's no time soon that I have to make that drive again, and surely not behind the wheel of a U-Haul. I flew back to TX from CA, so that's how serious I am about not making the drive again anytime soon. Nope. Nuh Uh. Nah. I'm good.
All jokes aside, I encourage anyone to experience a drive across country. It's a bragging right that you can't lie about doing. You don't even have to be the driver, because being a passenger on such a long drive is a job in itself.