We left Christmas night about 8:00 pm and drove 17 hours straight to Austin, TX.
After Austin, we drove through west Texas. I guess "everything is bigger in Texas" also means that everything is faster in Texas.
The barrenness of west Texas provided a nice salt flat to drive on. The back roads of New Mexico and Arizona were not that much more lively.
Our two consecutive nights on the road took us to Las Vegas. This was our hotel. The light that comes out of the top of it can be seen with the naked eye from space. Impressive.
We then tracked through the lowest point of elevation in North America - Death Valley, CA.
This brings us to the west coast. We shall see what awaits.