Today’s trip to Temecula was roundabout.

I stopped in one spot in the Valley to take a pic. I have never seen it as beautiful as it was today. Perfect weather, green and lush, flowers blooming. I am glad I took the long way.

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I drove through farmlands, oilfields, and deserts. I went through mountains and towns big and small. I drove next to snowy peaks. This was a day in the car that felt bigger than it was. I left Fresno on Highway 99, then took 198 to 65. 65 is a rural highway that dumps you back on to 99 just before Bakersfield.

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Then I took Highway 58 through the Tehachapi Mountains and the desert, ultimately working my way down Peachblossom Highway to Palmdale.

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The last stretch is SoCal freeway, but you can’t win ‘em all.

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Cars are for driving.