I made it to Needles, California today, where the temperature is l08 and 1/2 degrees, whew. I am so happy with my old Subaru car, it has been running like a top, whatever that means. We drove (we, meaning me and the car) through almond orchards that were being developed into McMansions, this was outside of Gilroy. Seeing this happen makes me so sad. There was a golf course plunked down in the middle of an agricultural tract. I wished I could have stopped and photographed some of the changes occurring. I passed by several little "ghost" towns, I think they were abandoned to make room for widening the highway. Ugh. California is being covered with asphalt and housing developments.