Berkeley, Ca 🔜 Tuxtla, Mexico

Just when my Brown Turkey fig tree was bearing these gifts:

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We pack up and do this:

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As you may have noticed, our rig has changed a bit! We are using a TRAILER! But since flavor is important, we will ditch the trailer in El Paso and flat tow the Flying Saucer (El Platillo Volador aka EPV) to Queretaro. Once arriving in Queretaro for the evening, the two cars will consciously uncouple and Conrad and our new co pilot, Dave Le of Oakland, California, will have seat time for the rest of the drive to the race start in Tuxtla.
To many’s amusement, including our own, we made it to Turlock, Ca on our first day’s drive heading to Laredo, where we plan on joining the Coyote Convoy, to travel across the Mexican border in a group with the other Gringo racers. The reason for this is simple, we first drove north a couple of hours to drop Harrison off at our friend Julie’s house. Enjoyed a nice breakfast in downtown Turlock with our friend Tom Watling at Latif’s, a must for those with a soft spot for mid century decor and American diners.

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After a donkey route aiming for El Paso, and no excuse for dropping off our dog on that leg of our trip, we motored even less impressively into 5 o’clock traffic in Pasadena and stayed that night in Banning, yup, California…still. There were all sorts of pointing fingers flying around inside our cock pit!

Alas, Wednesday was a productive and long day. I-10E is a long haul, but it isn’t without interesting sites.

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We finally made it to El Paso and said goodbye to the trailer. Thanks to Arturo Cazares for giving it a safe place to park while we pull El Platillo Volador behind the Range Rover for the rest of the trip. Wednesday, we hook up with our friend Fernando Garcia, navigator with Gerie Bledsoe in the Studebaker Commander ‘El Zorro’, who will ride to San Antonio with us, where we will join up with Dave Le and continue on to Laredo on Friday.

Thursday’s showers produced alarming texts that buzzed our mobiles on the I-10.

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We charged on and made great time to San Antonio in time to meet Dave who’d just arrived from Oakland. Next stop, Laredo!

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