A transplanted Southern Californian living in North Dakota Idaho, with some insights on life with deaf dogs, a gluten free spouse, and the occasional mischievous garden gnome. Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Excessive Heat Advisory

We're safely in small town Utah, napping comfortably in an air conditioned hotel room through the afternoon heat outside. We're looking forward to sampling some of the "creative American food" that the diner just outside the hotel is allegedly dishing out. As I sit here and watch the weather channel, it turns out that the entire stretch that we just drove through is under an excessive heat advisory, not exactly a good addition to a road trip.

We did get on the road just after 4:00 am, and yeah it was painful, but well worth it to avoid some of the hot hours of the afternoon. Alycia made it just fine, the dogs are lazing around, and the fish did not get boiled alive, all in all a raging success. One which we'll repeat again tomorrow.

It was 96 degrees as we drove through Barstow at 8:00am, and it only got hotter as the day wore on. We got out of the car around 10:30 am in Mesquite, NV and strolled around a park I found online to give the dogs a bit of a respite. It was quite warm, even in the shade, and the dogs were panting by the time their paws touched the ground coming out of the car.

Despite the intense heat the North Dakota mobile soldiered onward and made it through the day with nary an issue, and except for a couple of long uphill grades, we successfully ran the a/c the whole time.

The good news is that though it's supposed to be hot again tomorrow, we should be out of the super hot areas and into northern Utah and Wyoming. We're pondering another early start tomorrow to get some hours on the road before it gets too warm, we'll see.

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