The trip to Alaska officially started! We pulled out of Playa del Rey at 12:45pm and headed for the I-405. I thought we might never leave. To pack everything we think we need for this 8-week (now 7.5 week) adventure was daunting to say the least. We hoped to leave on Sunday, June 18 but it didn’t happen. Nor did it happen on Monday, June 19. We unloaded everything from our Airstream 30 FB Bunk first and then carefully put our items in their proper places. Oh yeah, there were other things too, like a new cellular boaster antenna mounted on the roof of the Airstream. Mounting was easy, pulling cable not so much. It’s a good thing we started to pack up early… not!
We hit the I-405 and traffic was light. As we headed over the Sepulveda Pass, Felicia said, “I see a ding on the front of the trailer (above the rock guard stainless steel panel)”. How could that be…I have my new Rock Tamer mud flaps on for the first time? We have been towing for the last 1.5 years without mud flaps and now within 20 miles of home we have a nice ding in the aluminum shell. Sean said he didn’t like the mud flaps because they have the “Rock Tamer” logo on the bottom. He said we should have naked girl mud flaps that say, “Keep on Trucking”. I think he was right! I doubt this will be the only ding we get on this trip but it is ironic that it happened within 20 miles of home on the I-405 and not on the Alaskan Highway.
We settled in for the 435-mile ride to Napa Valley to see family. It was hot outside. The temperature was between 110 and 113 degrees all the way through the Central Valley. We pseudo caravanned with a vintage Airstream all the way up the valley. It was a beautiful trailer, about a 25 or 27 foot completed restored with a mirror-like aluminum shell. We cut off the I-5 in Tracy and headed over toward the Bay Area. Noticed a lot of Warrior flags on car windows as we turned north on the I-680. We stopped for diesel and a slice of pizza at Costco in Concord. We made it to the Calistoga Fairgrounds RV Park at 10:15pm. It was dark but we managed to back into our spot without hitting any trees or rocks that guarded each campsite. It was a long few days but we were finally on the road!