Time to land this plane. Getting situated back into “normal” life got in the way of finishing up episoding our trip. So this is the concluding installment on our Coast-to-Coast Roadtrip 2023.
As you might remember, our trip was planned out to hit these highlight along the way from our starting point (Norfolk, VA) to our mid-point (San Diego/Del Mar, CA) and back home.
We got as far as Pensacola, Fl before our final two days changed somewhat to this
Things mostly went according to the original plan but we were unable to get a good tee time near Jacksonville (at TPC Sawgrass) so we charted a more direct route home after Pensacola.
To pick up where we left off on our trek, we left Del Mar, CA and traveled to Tucson, AZ for an overnight stay with eldest brother Marty and wife Elena. They had returned a few days earlier from our week long Brother's and Wive’s Reunion in Albuquerque.
We always love going to Tucson (actually Saddlebrook which is a few miles north of Tucson). The majestic Catalina Mountains (one of our all-time favorite places) were on full display.
After Tucson, we continued on I-10 and drove to Deming NM. Along the way we tried to absorb the beauty of the Sonoran Desert with its huge vistas, open skies and distant mountains. There is nothing like the view in all the world. It was spectacular.
Our travel routine seemed to be working out: I get going with the driving for an hour or 90 min, Pam takes over at a rest stop along the way. I take a short nap and while she drives fand then we trade off every hour or two during the day. We drove between 350-450 miles each day, depending on which leg of the trip we were on.
From Deming, we went through El Paso, TX, which seemed in great shape. The interstate was good and even looking across the border from the highway, we couldn’t really tell much about the border situation. We purposely did not plan on a stay in the city because safety concerns were on our minds. Also, while at our La Quinta hotel in Deming the night before, we saw some Army personnel who were there on assignment. They were working on the border security operations but understandably could not say they were working on border security operations.
From Deming, we drove through El Paso, and then had an overnight stop in Midland, TX. The next day we continued on to the Fort Worth TX area (Aledo, TX) and a couple of nights with Brad and Sue. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with them and got to hang out and recharge for a minute.
They too, have a very nice place and there home borders a golf course.