1040 miles in 15.5 hours. 67 miles an hour average over the day. From Russellville AK to Holbrook AZ - not bad. Now I'm in a Motel6 enjoying their wifi signal. Motel6 doesn't advertise free wi-fi, but every now and then you can get a signal because whoever runs the place set up a router for their own use.
I need a power port (cigarette lighter eh?) in the trunk so I can keep the laptop back there when driving. Or maybe a good way to stash it on the little deck behind the seats, but it won't be able to set flat back there. Right now it's been in the passenger side feet area but that sucks because the car should be clean inside when traveling. Also a way to see the damned screen when outside, or even inside the car on a sunny day. I could look at tinting the side windows to help darken the interior I guess. Or something. I dunno what. Like a luggage rack on the trunk lid (not available as far as I know), and a case that opens into like a little screen on the sides and above the monitor. The thing is when using it along the roadside to find if I just got lost or whatever it's a bitch to see, so I gotta be able to see it as easily as I can see a map.
Actually one of those suction-cup mounted GPS units they make for your car would be cool. Circuit City or Best Buy had them for 340 bucks - a Garmin unit - but I didn't want to spend that much on a specialty toy. They come preloaded with a million waypoints that, in theory, the ground based traveler will care about. Restaurants and stuff like that. And they talk. Hell cut the price by a hundred bucks and get rid of the waypoints and talking and I'd have one right now...
Pounding rain last night. A good shower before Albuquerque, then a pounder of a storm west of that city. Hard winds from the right. HARD rain. Like standing water on the freeway for a bit. Really cool because it seemed to chase a lot of the lesser drivers off the road. Figure mostly trucks and a few cars is easy miles. Except for the rain of course, but idiots that wait until you've closed to 2 car lengths back before changing lanes to pass are pretty much no problem because they're afraid to change lanes in the rain.
And why do they do that? Why do they sit on someone's bumper for all the time it takes you - traveling in the other lane noticably faster than the traffic in the right lane - to almost catch you BEFORE signaling and executing a lane change? COME ONE PEOPLE! You see me coming and you want to not be passed? Tough because it's going to happen, but cripes don't wait until the last minute!!! Signal on, begin lane change, signal off. Do this when I'm 10 car lengths back and you can do it leisurely instead of like a teenager's first tumbe. Savor the moment okay? Because ever so briefly you'll be able to say you were in front of me. Briefly eh? Cuz you me and the truck driver in front of you as I approach know the same thing: as soon as you get past that 18 wheeler you'll cut him off to get back in your lane and I'll blow by you like greased lightning. Then the trucker will hit the left lane because without someone to follow you'll slow down even more. Then you'll be last. Again. So why do it?
The car is awesome. After my Dad died I tossed my return airline ticket and rented a bright yellow Mustang. That was the only time I drove cross country in a hot car. This trip is comparable but better. Normally the road in front of me is something I accept that I'll get to soon enough. With this little car I can get to it NOW if I want. Like cresting a rolling hill in a 70 zone and seeing a l-o-n-g downhill slightly curving to the left as it begins to climb the next hill. The closest thing in front of you is a truck half way up the other side, so okay: go where the truck is. I don't punch it when I want to suck down some highway. I basically step on it firmly until I'm flying. 95 and 100 are very easy to reach, especially downhill on a good road surface, and at those speeds the truck of my desires isn't all that far away. I've gotten good at judging when to stop gassing it so that I pass the truck by a couple over it before settling back down to cruise control speed. Typically 5 over but I have to revisit that thought.
I used my GPS (old one, for flying, small b/w screen) to calibrate my speedometer. Pretty damned accurate, though when the car held 80 the GPS showed 79. So much for the your-speed-is radar things you find at like the beginning of a construction zone telling me dashboard speed was 2 or 3 over radar speed :-/
Okay time to go. Google says 194 miles back home and to take the way I came and I might, but I might not. Either way yesterday's record set up an easy day today. So now I can play tourist a bit on the way home.