The Fourth Day of Christmas
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0930 a late start today
Today we woke up and look outside the land around us is flat with rocky hills in the distance, the sun is shining and people are moving.
After the past two days you can imagine that the feel of a bed and a hot shower is a comfort that we weren’t ready to give up easily, so we checked out of the hotel in Las Cruces at 11. It wasn’t the fanciest of rooms but it was very comfortable. The scene from the hotel room in the morning was a welcome sight and gave us new energy. We made the decision today to push on to Cali, we should arrive by tonight, as its about an 11.5 hour drive. I’ve decided to stay in San Bernardino tonight instead of anything closer to the city. I imagine that the same rules apply for any city, meaning the closer to the city you get the worse it gets. There is about an hours drive from the hotel to Hollywood but that is small change compared to the past few days.
Last night we drove into Las Cruces in the dark so this is the first time we are seeing what New Mexico has to offer.
Its hard to describe the drive here. The road is completely flat and straight. You can see further down the road here than you could through west Texas. On the horizon you can see the sky meet the earth and where that happens it’s as if there is liquid that is giving birth to more road. I have never driven so straight for so long with nothing surrounding me. Occasionally there is the abandoned shell of a building from long ago standing in the distance, or the metallic rotating wind direction that I’ve only seen in books. The train runs parallel to the road and occasionally there are abandoned train cars in the middle of no where but make no mistake, the drive through New Mexico is not very exciting but just seeing the sheer nothingness is a place like America will have you amazed.
As we start to leave New Mexico into Arizona there is a pass that you have to go through. Up the hill past two rock formations that make you feel miniscule, the pass comes out to the most breathtaking view that I have ever seen in my life.
The road through Arizona twists and winds through nothingness then mountains then nothing again but every bit is as fascinating as the past few miles. Occasionally we see a factory or houses off in the distance and wonder “What the heck?” A futile question but worth asking.
We cross into California in the night and surprisingly the road is as flat as Arizona. At this point I don’t know if it’s the days of driving or the desert driving that is getting to me but it is something. As I look forward it’s as if I’m chasing the sunset trying to hold on to the last bit of light before darkness closes in on me. Behind me now I can see nothing and on the sides of me nothing but darkness, no lights, no houses nothing. The only thing I can see is the road ahead, and because its so flat its as if I’m not moving anywhere anymore, its like the road is coming at me now. Very strange feeling, almost like a video game. I’ll be more than happy to get to Cali.
Finally out of the mountains and from the top of the mountain I can see lights everywhere in the valley. I wouldn’t recommend driving this road at night but I wouldn’t recommend seeing this sight at any other time except for night.