Saturday, January 23, 2010

Progress - 1/23/10 (Needles, CA)

I'm finally in California! After a long, slow run across the United States, I'm finally in my final states. No more borders to cross! During this week, I passed from New Mexico across the California border. Now all I have to do is make it to Los Angles (LAX airport, really) by May 15.

Needles is a town of less than 5,000 people, but it has had its share of notoriety in the movies. Route 66 (obviously) was partially filmed here as was Two-lane Blacktop (starring my favorite singer, James Taylor), and the Grapes of Wrath in 1940.

For me, Needles means nothing more than the beginning of the end of a very long journey. It's a border town and it's the last border that I had to cross in order to get to LAX. At this point, I just need to continue west on Rt 40 and then go south when I hit Barstow. I can practically see LAX from here--only 272 miles to go!


ShirleyPerly said...

W00T for making it to California! (You went through AZ too, no?)

When I was growing up, I remember often hearing that Needles had the highest temps in California during the summer. Good thing you're there in the winter ;-)

J said...

Wow. This is amazing. Congratulations. I think I am going to follow your lead this year and give it ago. Thanks for the "travel" tidbits. It's been fun!

Petraruns said...

I can't believe you're in CA - shows me how long I've been reading your blog! How is the running going?