This is Part 2 of the road trip my sweetie, Chip, and I went on a li’l over two years ago to pick up all my stuff from two storage units…in two different states. Click here for Part 1.
I didn’t want to start posting about our time here in Florida (which started with a road trip from Texas!) without wrapping THIS up first. Yes, there is a method to my madness. So without further ado…
After a good night’s sleep, we pushed on to Yuma. The German restaurant on my “list” (Das Bratwurst Haus) was closed so we headed to a nearby shopping center and decided on…
Then it was full-speed ahead to San Diego on Interstate 8. This is what you can expect to see on the looooooong stretch from the desert (Yuma, Arizona) to civilization near San Diego.
Just west of Ocotillo, it becomes higher elevation with a couple twists and turns (and you’ll see rocks and boulders!).
Once we reached San Diego, I drove us straight to one of my all-time favorite places in San Diego. This city was my old stomping grounds so I wanted to show Chip all the cool places I knew of before we headed back home to Texas.
For more pics of Harbor Island (taken in 2009), clicky here.
Next stop: Sunset Cliffs! The perfect place to watch sunsets in San Diego.
Next stop was dinner at Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill (on Rosecrans & Midway).
One more stop before we called it a night…
I posted an ad on Craiglist of stuff we were giving away the next morning for free. The first few would-be takers responded by email but didn’t bother to call me to confirm, and thankfully someone agreed to come by and showed up at my storage unit with his truck. He was recently unemployed and graciously loaded up everything we offered.
Surprisingly, after packing up our van, Chip mentioned wanting another round of Rubio’s (yet one of the many reasons we get along so well :p ).
There were 2 more places I had to show Chip before we left for Phoenix…
One more awesome place Chip has to see…
You won’t believe the gorgeous 360-degree views from here…
First mission accomplished, but we still had another storage unit in Arizona to contend with, and the van was already full.
We popped in Extraordinary Desserts for our sweets fix (take-out). At McDonald’s, we grabbed some dinner and feasted on this dessert while we planned tackling our next mission.
The next couple of days got interesting. We rented a 2nd van in Phoenix, Arizona to get other stuff out of my 2nd storage unit (this also meant no more switching off resting and getting behind the wheel; we were each responsible for getting a loaded van back home to Texas). After the 2nd van was all loaded up, we reached the gate a few minutes after closing time…and omigosh, we were locked in! We had to call the customer service phone number (it took well over an hour of us calling/pleading for someone to help us)…’til an onsite resident manager was contacted to let us out with her remote. Let’s just say the possibility of us spending the night inside the vans ’til the next morning crossed my mind. :p
Just when we thought all the craziness was over and done with….
We’re driving along on I-10 southbound around Picacho (there were lightning strikes off in the distance), then wham out of nowhere, a blinding dust storm rolled in. Chip was driving right behind me (and a tractor trailer behind him), and all I could think about was moving over to the shoulder safely and hoping no one hits me in the process. Soooo glad there weren’t any crashes, but I imagine some of the other drivers were just as shaken up as I was. Chip later said when the dust storm hit, he felt like his van was pushed backwards.
After waiting a few minutes ’til the air cleared and the road was clear from dust and debris, we trudged on. As if that terrifying event wasn’t enough, not even 10 minutes go by before my van’s low tire pressure warning light came on. I called Chip to let him know and I took the first exit (Red Rock, Exit 226) to pull over.
The game plan was pressing on to the next city for a gas station where Chip checked the air on all the tires and inflated the lowest one. Chip also contacted the car rental company, who suggested exchanging the van at the Tucson International Airport, but they were closed until 6am or so. Within half an hour of driving, the warning light came back on again. This confirmed a real problem on our hands. The good news is we reached Tucson, and we could swap out this lemon for another van at the airport. The slight drawback is we had a couple of hours to wait ’til they opened. Once we arrived at the rental agency, we slept in one of the vans.
Over the next 24 hours, we stopped and rested/slept for an hour or so whenever the dreadful need for rest caught up with us (it happened a handful of times). At one point, we asked a police officer in Ozona, Texas if there was somewhere we can rest and he gave us directions to a nearby park, where I got an hour and a half’s sleep before Chip insisted we hit the road again (sometimes he can be a meanie :p ). Argh, I’ll just say it: sleep deprivation sucks!
Once we arrived in San Antonio and got everything unpacked and returned both rentals, we slept for 15 hours straight (might have been more, LOL).
As much we were put through the wringer the last couple of days driving back home, I was stoked to finally have all my belongings out of storage. Here’s a glimpse of some of my beloved treasures…
Home, sweet home!Tweet