06.01.2012 - 06.01.2012
An earlyish start today saw some tired boys after last nights late show finish. There were grumblings from some quarters at the prospect of limited sleeping room in the back of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, so being the ever sympathetic father (?!) I upgraded the hire car to a Chevy Suburban - which has more room in it than most of the hotel rooms we have been staying in. Actually it's not unlike driving a hotel too for that matter. A big burbling V8 makes all the right noises - very important of course!
Six hours of driving later and we arrived safely in Fresno. No dramas once we got going, helped by being on freeway almost the whole way so easy enough staying on the right (wrong) side of the road. Lots of desert and dust for the first 4 hrs and then orchards and vineyards for the last 2 hrs. A surprise to pass (though not visible from the road) Edwards Air Force Base on the way - one of the stopovers for the Bremners on the 1971 tour.
The day also saw Taco Bell and IHOP knocked off the list of American fine dining destinations to be sampled. Not many left.
A slightly longer driving day tomorrow through the Yosemite so an early night is in store.