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Saturday, 31st May 2014: Terminal D Lounge, Dallas-Fort Worth Airport

An almost smooth flight and surprisingly short flight this morning brought us to Dallas and we are now waiting for our 777 to Madrid in a couple of hours time. John helped an old guy who can't walk too well by going and getting him a beer and some snacks, and now he won't stop talking to us . Problem is, he is also deaf and so the whole lounge is listening to our conversation. He is off to Buenos Aires TO SEE HIS GIRLFRIENDS, he shouted.

Yuma, Arizona we only left a on Thursday and now there's a problem remembering much about it. Thank goodness for the photos! It was hot in Yuma, even the birds were panting.


We went for dinner at one of Arthur's favourites, a "Cracker Barrel". Good ole' fashioned homely food with dumplin's and stuff.


Our hotel, was one of the best "Hampton Inns" we stayed at and had a great fruit selection for breakfast.


We spent an hour, or less, exploring what Yuma had to offer. There's an old prison and a park marking the historic crossing of the great Colorado (now not much more than a small river-ette with most of the water being extracted further upstream by Los Angeles and for distribution to places like Los Angeles) and a surpriginly smart Downtown.


We crossed the impressive bridge to where the Quechan tribe hang out, including an ancient barber offering a $4 haircut, which John went to partake of. "It'll be a scalping", cried Arthur, and he was right as he was only willing or able to do a one and a half whereas John has a number 3. No, no scalping. He respectfully declined. He was a miserable old injun, anyway.

What we thought would be a routine drive on the Interstate to San Diego turned out to be a fascinating journey. We diverted into El Centro where we stayed in 1983 and found it had expanded out of all recognition. Virtually totally Hispanic, as it is very close to the border, and very busy indeed. We eventually found the old motel alley and one of those must have been where we stayed, when it was a Best Wetern in days gone by. We then further diverted by going to Calexico, where there is a border crossing and thought it was a really interesting place. It felt really Mexican, with small shops and markets and lots going on.


What we did notice, compared to the previous day, was an almost complete absence of Border Patrol vehicles until we got further along the border when we spotted the odd one parked in the dunes. It is not a desirable job as a number have been killed as was a Ranger from the Organ Pipe park, where there was a memorial to him "killed by Mexican drugs gang".

We then rejoined I-8 which, again was far from a boring drive. Through the sandy-duned California desert then up and over a range of mountains which consisted of massive boulders.


As usual, the freeway got more and more manic as we approached the ever-expanding and very civilised city of San Diego. Just one night here, but we must go back, again, and spend some more time there.

We had chosen, as a treat, the huge Hilton, Bayview and got upgraded (thank you Bob's gold card!) to a fabulous end/corner room with views of Coronado Island, the bay, San Diego itself, and the docks. Marvellous.


The place was overrun by people attending a "National Association of International Educators" at the convention centre, next door, but they were pretty well behaved, as you might expect, and did not get in our way. Even out for dinner in the Gaslamp quarter, where we had a spaghetti meal, they kept their giant name labels round their necks. Bless!


We went back to the room to marvel at the view, the scurrying ferries, the bumbling tugs and the glowering warships. Gosh we are lucky.


The final episode will be from Spain. We have this overnight flight and get into Madrid at about 10.30. We are spending the day and night recovering at the airport hotel, and take the train home on Monday.

Thank you for sticking with us.


Posted by Johnash 14:29 Archived in USA Tagged san_diego arizona usa_road_trip yuma

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A quick-fire, multi-stop, dip-in/dip-out end to your amazing US adventure. Glad the journey home is going well; tracked AA2442 for last 15mins of its approach into DFW across the urban sprawl. Hope your ol' guy Lounge buddy IS going to Buenos Aires & not Madrid! Enjoy AA36 tonight...

by IanT

Thanks for taking us with you, super account of another fantastic journey!
ps How do we acquire a Gold Card please?

by Lin & Norma

Fascinating journey and interesting comments along the way. You guys always seem to manage to stay off the main highway, and experience local culture.

I also want a gold card, but I bet I'd have to spend money!

by Emrys

Yes another great trip, thanks, Can't believe it is over. Safe trip home. Brenxx

by Bren

Well done chaps on a very good blog and photos. I'm glad you had a jolly good time on your road trip and managed to revisit some of your previous stays. Great hotel room by the way.
Have an enjoyable R&R in Madrid before you head back home. x

by Antonia

Have noticed with this holiday NO pictures of cake icecream or anything sweet does that mean that Bobs gold card did not let you? Make the most of you last few hours looking forward to both of you arriving back well and happy xxx I enjoyed all the blogs thank you

by vivienne

great blog as always,hope A and S behaved!

by jan n lynne

Can't believe it is over. The time has flown by. have enjoyed the blogs, you made it all sound so interesting with superb photography. Have a safe trip back to Spain.

by Jill

WOW what a journey. Many thanks for enjoying it with us. San Diego has to be one of my favourite towns.
So you're down to fruits, no more huge meals!!!!

by MC

San Diego looks to be a lovely city, we think your room there was the best one this year! It's been a wonderful trip as always, thanks for sharing it with us. Have a good time in Madrid and a safe journey home.

by Sue and Gordy

Thanks for sharing your wonderful holiday x
Enjoy the final leg of your break x see you soon

by trez

Wow. Thank you for your kind and flattering comments! But one more Blog to come, which will be finished when we are back at Bag End. So you don't get away with it that easily.

Fast through Barajas, and soon in our "recovery" room in the hotel at the airport. A siesta, shower and snack has partially revived us.

Home tomorrow, Sofi (don't think she's been following us, to be honest)!

Thank you again.

by Johnash

Spectacular hotel room at the Hilton....hope the one in Madrid is as good! Okay..back to reality..10 euro menu del dias and no extras :(
Congratulations on a mammoth trek and an interesting blog..see you in October xx

by Cherry and Chris

guess you are home now, just caught with Blog. Looking forward to next time.

by Brien

Safe journey home if you're not already there! Fascinating blog from start to end-thanks for sharing x

by Paul

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