Phoenix to San Diego

Trip Start Jul 28, 2006
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Monday, July 31, 2006

Timeline for Phoenix to San Diego

7:00 AM
Eat muffins for breakfast at Comfort Inn.

7:30
Depart Comfort Inn. Head west on I-10.

7:55
Exit off of I-10 to Arizona state Highway 85 south to pick up I-8.

8:20
Pass Gila Bend Airport (it's rather small).

8:30
Enter I-8 West towards San Diego.

9:10
Gas stop in Dateland, AZ. Price of regular gas is $3.16.
Also stop at a rest stop not to far from Dateland.

10:00
Reach top of Arizona mountains and start to descend.

10:10
Pass through Yuma, AZ.

10:20
Cross California state line.

10:25
Border Patrol Checkpoint.
The BP officer looked at my license plate, did a double take, smiled, laughed, and waved me on by without checking my credentials.
Road Warning Sign: Drifting Sand Next 6 Miles.

11:00
First glimpse of California mountains in the distance.

11:15
Elevation at Sea Level.

11:25
Experience strong cross winds and blowing sand.

11:30
Start ascent into mountains. Turn off air conditioning as instructed by a road sign.

11:35
Elevation 1,000 feet.

11:36
Ears pop.
Road sign says San Diego is 90 miles away.

11:37
Elevation 2,000 feet.

11:40
Elevation 3,000 feet.

11:42
Level off and begin slow ascents and descents.

11:50
Elevation 4,000 feet.
Tecate Divide.

11:52
Crestwood Summit.
Elevation 4,190 feet.

Noon
Enter Cleveland National Forest.

12:05
Cross inactive Border Patrol checkpoint.

12:07
Laguna Summit
Elevation 4,100 feet.

12:15
Drive in the clouds. Very cool.

12:20
Depart Cleveland National Forest.
Elevation 2,000 feet.

12:25
Elevation 1,000 feet.

12:30
Enter city of El Cajon, CA.

12:40
Pass mountainside campus of San Diego State U.

12:45
Exit I-8 for Route 163 south.

12:50
Arrival in downtown San Diego.

Total miles: 361.

I parked down by the bay and hopped aboard a two-hour harbor cruise. The cruise was fun and informational. Very neat to pass by Navy ships so close.

After the harbor tour I checked into the Quality Inn, dropped my bags, and headed for Seaport Village, a mall of shops and restaurants on the water. I dined in the Edgewater Cafe; mixed seafood grille of mahi mahi, salmon, and shrimp with grilled mixed vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes. Quite delicious.

Then back to the Quality Inn to experience Internet access problems again.

The drive through the mountains of California was incredible. The rocks and mountains are magnificent. I kept going, "ooh" and "ah." It was also neat driving in the clouds.

Oh well, I have gone as far west as possible. I guess it's time to head north.
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