And we finally arrived in Chico
3000 kilometers from Austin to Chico and they passed in no time. It was Charlie’s first big test and he passed with flying colors.
It was a very long route, but incredibly comfortable and I ended up doing the whole thing in less than 48 hours. Charlie coped without a problem even with endless hours of non-stop driving and my seat is the most comfortable I have ever sat on.
The whole ride was really interesting, mainly due to the fact that it was so different than any other I have traveled on so far. Hundreds of kilometers through the deserts, where every now and then a gas station would show up along with a restaurant and a couple of hotels for the truckers and travelers like myself.
Took a few friends from Texas for a ride.
I crossed Texas, passed through New Mexico, saw Arizona from east to west and finally California from south to north. At some point in the middle of nowhere in Arizona, I stopped on the side of the road and got out of the car to take some photos. Two minutes later, I turned around and saw a police car stopped right behind my car and the cop approaching me.
– Good afternoon. You taking photos?
– Ok. Well, I’m gonna ask you to get back in your car and drive off, because we are looking for someone and he is somewhere around here right now.
He didn’t need to say it twice. I was already driving away with Charlie, thinking “Daaaaamn!”
Sunday morning I made it to D.’s place in Chico, a couchsurfing friend with whom I never had the chance to meet in person. In fact, I even had the chance to meet B., another couchsurfer I know the same way, with whom we have the same sense of humor and for three days we did not stop laughing and throwing sarcasm all over the place.
The three days that followed till we left for Burning Man, I didn’t see much of Chico, as we had so much to do and be fully ready for two weeks in the middle of the desert. Needless to say, we were not short on laughters, wines, food and chats.
Preparing and protecting cameras for the burn.
And the grand day of departure towards Burning Man had finally arrived.
It’s about 500 kilometers away, so we split the ride in two, spending a night in Reno, a casino filled city in the heart of Nevada.
28th of august and in a few hours I will be in Black Rock City, in Burning Man, the primary force that dragged me all the way to the USA. My excitement is undescribable! 😀