Our first stop on this trip was Redlands, CA to see Chuck’s Uncle Gerald (Joanne’s brother.) Through the years Joanne and Gerald have visited often and we wanted to make sure to get in a good stop on our way north. We had a fun time being with Gerald and Rita, sharing memories and looking at Rita’s beautiful & numerous plants. That evening we were joined by Gerald’s son (Chuck’s cousin) Cory and wife, Ingrid, for dinner at Home Town Buffet; good food and even better company. It was very nice reminiscing, catching up on current events & family news and just having a good time.
Luckily we were able to stay right in their neighborhood at the Loma Linda Elks for our first night on the Road. We decided that the three of us are pretty good traveling buddies. We’ve found a nice degree of comfort sharing our RV space. The sleeping arrangements went well and driving/riding has, too. Chuck’s driving and Jo and I take turns ‘riding shotgun’ and sitting in a chair or on the sofa.
This morning we started driving around 9:30. We took I10 to I57; then on to I210 and I5. It took us about 2 hours to navigate through the greater Los Angeles area. We stopped for lunch at a Rest Stop north of LA. After a Subway stop late in the afternoon, we decided to push onward. There was still a bit of rush hour traffic on I580 and I680 in the Oakland Metro area but we made it into the Walnut Creek Elks RV Parking in good shape. Being an Elk has really helped with RV Parking on this trip!