I woke up and hung out for bit in the morning with Jeff and Jenn. I took a rather Hot/COLD shower as Jeff started a new load of laundry. No worries as it woke me up and prepared me for the cold weather that had been sweeping across the desert for the past few days.
I loaded the van and we met up at Freddy’s, a fast food burger place. We ate our meal and said our good byes. I enjoyed my time with the family, but it was time to move on.
Before I left I decided to get an oil change at a Jiffy Lube. This took about an hour. Not as Jiffy as I thought it would be, but I was on the road again and heading for London…The London Bridge that is…The London Bridge that was rebuilt in Lake Havasu, AZ.
I enjoyed the drive through the desert.
It was getting dark and I was a little disappointed that I would be there in the dark, but I did see a great sunset on the way.
When I arrived I was shocked at the number of people there. When I found a parking place I got out and noticed tons of people on the banks of the river with fire pits, grills, lots of food, and Christmas music. I just so happened to arrive the night they were to do the Christmas Light Boat Parade. I stuck around and took some pictures. It was quite a festive family event. I took off right before the end knowing that I would get stuck in traffic if I stayed. I started heading towards Needles, CA. I gained another hour crossing the border, but it didn’t feel like it. I decided to stop in Needles at a Cafe on historic route 66. I realized that Michelle and I had eaten here before. That’s when it really hit me…
It’s been cold, there’s supposed to be a snow storm through parts of California I was planning on going to. I couldn’t see any other option but to go home. The plan was to surprise Michelle and arrive on Sunday so that we could spend the day together. After eating I felt a bit revived and drove until I reached a rest stop outside of Barstow. It was only 9pm on my newly changed clock, but I was tired so I slept.