Venturing off the beaten path
If I lent you a boat that you had never sailed before, would you be eager to leave the next day on an ocean crossing? Or would you instead give it a thorough sea-trial, sailing it for a while closer to safe ports, just in case something was amiss? What if I told you that I had a mechanic check the boat out, would that make any difference? It wouldn’t to us.
Surprisingly, several people felt that we should have been taking the backroads across the country as opposed to traveling on the interstate highways. Additional time that that would have taken aside, I just didn’t think it was prudent to drive off into the wilderness or desert in a vehicle that was new and unproven to us. I wouldn’t do it on a boat, why would I do it in a car? I’ve seen enough movies where people get stranded in the desert and they seldom turn out well!
As it happened, the Corvette was not all that happy with the high elevation, 100+ degree heat and steep mountain roads. We were forced to stop on several occasions to let the engine cool before continuing on. Fortunately, even though we were not on the main highway, having deviated through a portion of the San Bernadino National Forrest around Big Bear Lake, there was still a fair amount of traffic on the road. Although we didn’t require any assistance, it was comforting to have cars passing us in case we did run into a problem that required more than a simple 15 minute rest break to remedy.
While stopped in this spot, we had one driver turn around after passing us and come back to ask if we needed help. That was pretty nice of him, wasn’t it?
While driving from CO to CA, we recorded a bunch of footage similar to that which is included in the clip below. It may take me a while to get it all edited and uploaded though. In the mean time…