Tucson, Arizona (where we took a morning hike at Saguaro National Park, pictured below) to San Diego, California, our destination for this road trip.
Distance: 417 miles (3,198 of 3,198 total miles (100% of the total trip))
Driving Time: 6 hours
Temperature Range: 47°F to 77°F (then back down to 63°F and foggy by the time we got to San Diego)
Where we ate: At our temporary apartment (tamales, chicken with sweet potatoes and onions, sautéed green beans, chocolate ice cream)
Miles Remaining: 0
Las Cruces, New Mexico (where we took a morning hike at Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, pictured below) to Tucson, Arizona (where we met up with one of my friends I haven’t seen since junior high and her partner)
Distance: 279 miles (2,781 of 3,198 total miles (87.0% of the total trip))
Driving Time: 4 hours
Temperature Range: 31°F to 79°F
Where we ate: Maynard’s Market
Miles Remaining: 417
Abilene, Texas, to Las Cruces, New Mexico (where chilies are a very popular ingredient and where they also have cool public sculpture, like “Eagle Man” pictured below)
Distance: 497 miles (2502 of 3,198* total miles (78.2% of the total trip))
Driving Time: 7 hours
Temperature Range: 30°F to 55°F
Where we ate: Dragonfly
Miles Remaining: 696
More notes about this leg of the journey:
- We drove through El Paso and glimpsed the border fence and Ciudad Juárez on the other side.
- Passed some high-density feedlots in New Mexico that put me off steak again, at least until my memory of the taste of steak again overpowers my memory of the smell as we went by those feedlots.
- We visited the Las Cruces library, our first library of this road trip. My children were immediately in their element. There were a few titles I wanted to have on hand for the 24in48 readathon later this month, and I found myself thinking, “I’ll pick those up when we get home,” before realizing that we kind of don’t have a home right now. Home is where the library is for my children, and I made a mental note to take us on a tour of the San Diego branch libraries once we reach our destination. Our thoughts about the branch libraries might carry a lot of weight as we decide which neighborhood to settle in.
- It’s exhausting enough traveling cross-country, but traveling with everything we think we’ll need for two months (and our cat and everything he needs for two months) is even more exhausting. And I packed one too few pairs of underwear for this road trip, and I’m down a shirt after the underarm seams of one of my shirts tore yesterday when I stretched. I am officially road-weary and in need of a washing machine.
*You might notice that this number is different than it was on days 1-5. Google Maps must have had some kind of argument with itself between Day 1 and today, and decided 3,198 was the more accurate number. If the total doesn’t match up when we get to San Diego, I’ll change the numbers until they do match. It’s a good thing I’m not an accountant.
Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Abilene, Texas (which is the Storybook Capital of America and in the downtown of which we visited a variety of fairy-tale-inspired sculptures (Goldilocks and the Three Bears are pictured below))
Distance: 477 miles (2005 of 3,156 total miles (63.5% of the total trip))
Driving Time: 7 hours
Temperature Range: 19°F to 55°F
Where we ate: The Beehive Restaurant
Miles Remaining: 1,151
Jackson, Tennessee to Hot Springs, Arkansas (where we visited Hot Springs National Park)
Distance: 273 miles (1,528 of 3,156 total miles (48.4% of the total trip))
Driving Time: 4 hours
Temperature Range: 5°F to 25°F
Where we ate: Bubba Brew’s Brewing Company Spa City Taproom
Miles Remaining: 1,628
Distance: 0 of 3,156 total miles (still 19.6% of the total trip; this was a zero day set aside for visiting family, including my baby niece, for New Year’s Eve)
Driving Time: Not applicable
Temperature Range: -2°F to 12°F
Miles Remaining: 2,535
Central Massachusetts to Northeast Ohio (via Pennsylvania, pictured below)
Distance: 621 miles of 3,156 total miles (19.6%)
Driving Time: 12 hours (should have been closer to 9.5)
Temperature Range: -1°F to 23°F
Miles remaining: 2,535
For those who might have missed our previous cross-country road trip, here’s Day One of our move from Utah to Massachusetts in June 2011.