DESERTS & MOUNTAINS TRIP
Trip Summaries - Days 1-3
(Oklahoma City to San Luis Obispo)

DAY THREE SUMMARY
Wednesday, June 25, 2003

From deserts to forested mountains to palm trees and beaches, there were many different landscapes during this day's 522 miles of driving. I left Kingman earlier than planned because the Internet would not work at the hotel, so I had no other reason to be there any longer. I began the day by driving on Interstate 40 West through the deserts of western Arizona and eastern California. Then I headed south on Interstate 15 to Victorville and CA 18, which I took west to CA 138. I continued west on CA 138 to CA 14, then took the freeway south to Interstate 5, then took that north to CA 126 West. Finally, I took CA 126 West to U.S. 101 in Ventura, and took U.S. 101 the rest of the way to San Luis Obispo. U.S. 101 is one of the most, if not the most, scenic drive I have ever been on. It skirts the ocean for several miles, and even when it is a few miles east of the beach, there are still enough mountains and curves to keep motorists occupied.

Day Three Trip Log:
Departed Motel 6 (Kingman, AZ) - 7:33 AM; mile 32,082
Carl's Jr. (Kingman, AZ) - Breakfast - 7:35-8:03 AM; mile 32,083
76 (Needles, CA) - Break - 8:58 AM; mile 32,145
California Welcome Center (Barstow, CA) - 11:13 AM; mile 32,297
Pilot (Barstow, CA) - Gas - 11:23 AM; mile 32,298
Long John Silvers (Victorville, CA) - Lunch - 12:01-12:22 PM; mile 32,328
76 (Santa Barbara, CA) - Break - 3:17 PM; mile 32,499
Arrived Motel 6 (San Luis Obispo, CA) - 4:56 PM; mile 32,604

DAY TWO SUMMARY
Tuesday, June 24, 2003

On this day I drove through a lot of mountains and deserts. If the name of the trip could be defined in one day, this would be it. I also drove through the forested areas of Arizona near Flagstaff. Gas prices are very expensive in Flagstaff with prices around $1.73-$1.75/gallon! The prices in Kingman are around the $1.50/gallon range, however. Arizona's interstate signage is so much better than New Mexico's. A downside to this day is that the Internet connection in Kingman was nonexistent.

Day Two Trip Log:
Departed Motel 6 (Albuquerque, NM) - 8:55 AM; mile 31,577
Chevron (Albuquerque, NM) - Gas - 9:18 AM; mile 31,597
Conoco/Giant Travel Center (Refinery, NM) - Break - 10:58 AM; mile 31,710
TA Travel Center (Gallup, NM) - Souvenir Stop - 11:30 AM; mile 31,734
Arizona Welcome Center - 10:58 AM MST; mile 31,752
KFC (Holbrook, AZ) - Lunch - 12:05-12:33 PM; mile 31,827
Chevron (Flagstaff, AZ) - Gas - 2:02 PM; mile 31,930
Arrived Motel 6 (Kingman, AZ) - 4:11 PM; mile 32,081

DAY ONE SUMMARY
Monday, June 23, 2003

This was the day this trip began. I drove 558 miles from home to Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was an uneventful day of driving. A word of advice from this day, however, is that the rest areas on Interstate 40 in the Texas panhandle east of Amarillo may look done, but they're not, and unless you want to use a Port-a-John, I wouldn't advise going there until they're open, unless you like portable toilets that are constantly swaying from the winds! Anyways, besides that, I also reconfirmed my belief that New Mexico has the worst interstate signage I have ever seen. Many exits are not even marked with a sign!

Day One Trip Log:
Departed Oklahoma City, OK: 8:04 AM; mile 31,017
7-11 (Oklahoma City, OK) - Gas - 8:06 AM; mile 31,018
Texaco (Elk City, OK) - Break - 10:06 AM; mile 31,139
Rest Area (East of Groom, TX) - Break - 11:27 AM; mile 31,226
Texas Travel Information Center (Amarillo, TX) - 12:22 PM; mile 31,284
McDonald's (Amarillo, TX) - Lunch - 12:29-12:52 PM; mile 31,285
Conoco (Vega, TX) - Gas - 1:35 PM; mile 31,326
New Mexico Travel Information Center (Near San Jon, NM) - 1:17 PM MDT; mile 31,364
Texaco (Santa Rosa, NM) - Break - 2:46 PM; mile 31,464
Arrived Motel 6 (Albuquerque, NM) - 4:24 PM; mile 31,575

Roadtrip pages:

Day One:
Oklahoma:
Interstate 44 | Interstate 40
Texas:
Interstate 40
New Mexico:
Interstate 40

Day Two:
New Mexico:
Interstate 40
Arizona:
Interstate 40

Day Three:
Arizona:
Interstate 40
California:
Interstate 40 | Interstate 15 | CA 18 | CA 138 | CA 14 | Interstate 5 | CA 126 | U.S. 101

Day Four:
California:
U.S. 101 | CA 58 | Interstate 15
Nevada:
Interstate 15
Arizona:
Interstate 15
Utah:
Interstate 15

Day Five:
Utah:
Interstate 15 | Interstate 70
Colorado:
Interstate 70

Day Six:
Colorado:
Interstate 70
Kansas:
Interstate 70

Day Seven:
Kansas:
Interstate 70
Missouri:
Interstate 70 | U.S. 71 | MO 2

Sidetrip Pages:
Kansas:
Interstate 35 | Interstate 70 | Interstate 435 | Interstate 470 | U.S. 40 | U.S. 59 | U.S. 69 | U.S. 75 | U.S. 169 | K-10 | K-68
Missouri:
Interstate 29 | Interstate 35 | Interstate 70 | Interstate 229 | MO 2 | MO 371 | U.S. 36 | U.S. 71

Day Ten:
Missouri:
MO 2
Kansas:
K-68 | U.S. 69 | Interstate 435 | Interstate 35
Oklahoma:
Interstate 35

Miscellaneous Pictures

Trip Summaries:
Page 1 (Oklahoma City-San Luis Obispo; Days 1-3)
Page 2 (San Luis Obispo-Kansas City; Days 4-7)
Page 3 (Sidetrips & Kansas City-Oklahoma City; Days 8-10)

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