Sunday, June 24, 2012

GAS FREE Road Trip

My oil-free road trip... Left yesterday about 8am heading south on highway 74.  The cyclists were climbing the hill, and with no shoulder on that scenic highway, it was dangerous.   They seem to love to ride this highway right before le tour de France.    Go figure. Starting point, palm desert, California, for those wishing to follow along. As I climbed in elevation, it got cooler.   Starting temp in the desert was 84°, and when I reached the corner of highway 74 and highway 371, it was 68°.   I was chilly.  I started my descent down into the anza valley, where I noticed several people looking as if they'd never seen a tesla roadster. I proceeded through aguanga, California, and merged onto highway 79, west. These roads are all small country two-lane twisty roads and the roadster loved every moment of it.    In no time at all, we were in temecula, California, and stopped for our first stretch/potty break.   Back on the road we took highway 15 south, the avocado freeway, and one freeway you MUST drive one day.     Shortly we merged onto highway 78 west and headed for Oceanside. We could smell the fog and salt air. In no time at all we were on California highway one, heading south. We took that all the way to la jolla, California. Did I mention the purpose of this road trip adventure!? To meet up with and support skaters and cyclists who were skating and cycling 100 miles, from Santa Ana, California, to San Diego, California, in about ten hours! At la jolla, I turned around, and headed north on California highway one.   What a view!!!   I took that back to Oceanside, where it ends, then jumped on the five freeway to Dana point. There I got back on to highway one north, and went all the way north to Newport beach, passing laguna beach, crescent bay, emerald bay, corona beach, corona del mar, and some of the prettiest scenery you'll ever see anyplace on mother earth. By this time I'd travelled about 200 miles, all electric, most of which is solar generated.  So who needs oil!?   Not us.    I charged up at the tesla store in newport beach, California, at fashion island, with 45 miles to spare, and had a fabulous supper. I stayed overnight at a little hotel and drove home the next day, again using NO OIL. What a pleasure.   Next month, Los Angeles road trip to attend! Hope to see YOU there! Peace. :-) On twitter sometimes under, @frankielandfiel