But it all worked out and I'm here now in Mesa, AZ with family at the end of Day 2.
I got a late start on Friday so I changed my route to LA from Hwy1 to I-5. Less scenic, more monotonous, quite a bit hotter, but it went smoothly and I had fun playing traffic leapfrog with the other cars amidst all the semis.
Today was more fun, mostly because I went through Joshua Tree. It was my only non-interstate segment of the day, and my first one of the trip, and it was gorgeous. Outside of Joshua Tree, back on I-10, it was overcast pretty much the entire way into Phoenix. The clouds looked stormy, but I only got a few sprinkles, so that just meant it was cloudy and cool and smelled like rain. I couldn't have asked for better desert weather.
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