Drive-By America: Day 16 – Permanent Vacancy
Our road trip is nearing its end. The car has taken on a permanent layer of mud, like a thick winter coat it must shed now that it is approaching the warm sun of California. The lights of Vegas dwindle in the distance behind us, and miles of barren desert still lay ahead. It is our last leg of America. Nothing but dirt, trains, and “ancient” relics of the old historic Route 66. We roll along on bouncy single lane highways through the brush and joshua trees, stopping only for closeup views of the Union Pacific as it chugs along side of us under a cool blue sky. Here we obtain the final piece to our cross-country smashed penny collection. The most meaningful one is the only one with no pre-made design on it, only the natural shape remaining when you leave a penny on the track a multi-ton metal machine is about to roll over. After the obligatory over-the-tracks backflips, we continue on southwest. Eventually we arrive at the famous Roy’s Motel in Amboy just in time for a beautiful, if fittingly modest sunset. By the time you read this, we will have arrived in California, probably had a serving or two of In-N-Out, and likely be basking in the sunlight of San Diego. I hope you are all enjoying your winter just as much we are. We will be sure to check in at least once or twice more with final updates and maybe an inventory of the many treasures acquired by the Good Ship Camry (aka: Battle-car Galactica) on her journey.