It’s going to be a nice, long journey across the country to begin the final week of April. The day will last 5 days and cover 2549 miles. The first 4 days will be full days that net 528 miles. The extensive time spent on I-40 will mean that we can cover ground at nearly 66mph, which is pretty good.
We won’t be able to get out of the state at any point during the day Saturday, instead shuttling from north of San Francisco Bay through the Central Valley and eventually to the Mojave. The day will end in Essex, California, which is sort of a dusty town on the fringes of the Mojave National Preserve. All of this will be accomplished with nary a cloud and increasingly warm temperatures. In fact, by the end of the day, it will be downright hot in southern California.
Another day filled with dust and heat. Fortunately, our elevation will rise, and the temperatures will become much more manageable. It’s going to be terribly lonely, this drive, but at least it might get a little interesting, with a few high elevation rain showers after about 4pm, as we move from Arizona to New Mexico. The day will end in Laguna, New Mexico, which is less than an hour west of Albuquerque.
There may be some morning shower and storm activity over the Texas Panhandle, but it should long be over by the time we arrive on the scene. There may be some fairly scattered clouds over the Panhandle and western Oklahoma, but nothing that will negatively influence the day. We will end our Monday in Hydro, Oklahoma, which is just east of Weatherford.
High pressure will remain entrenched over he south central portion of the United States, which is going to be different than the other days we have gone through so far. Why? Trees. There are actually trees in much of Oklahoma and throughout Arkansas. IT’s going to be a delightful change of pace, though it will be more humid. Still sunny. The day will end in Memphis. The real, live, gigantic city of Memphis.
Just one day left in what will turn out to be a fairly pleasurable road trip from Napa to Gainesville, Georgia. No rain again, only sunshine through the Southeast. The comparatively leisurely day will finish off a trip where our greatest stress will be Atlanta area traffic.