My 8 State Adventure Across America! Pt. 1 – From Palm Springs Windmills to Arizona’s “Dust Devils”!

Travels Across America!

My son Jeff took a job in Atlanta, so I decided to drive him there – well, let him drive while I took lots of pictures to document the places we passed on our journey across the US…the trip took us from Los Angeles through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama and finally Georgia – 8 states in 5 days, and here’s how it all began…

We headed east from Los Angeles on the I-10 interstate – where you drive through an hour’s worth of sameness, until you finally hit the desert.

Not much to share except the incredible array of solar power-generating windmills outside of Palm Springs…

It’s a pretty if unspectacular trip across the I-10 in California, but things started to heat up once we crossed into Arizona – as in 107 degrees hot!

Some incredible images of hills and mountains of all sizes everywhere you look – oh, and these are also everywhere as well:

Arizona’s “Dust Devils!”

Yes, they are called “Dust Devils”, and we encountered dozens of them during our desert drive.

They are an everyday part of desert life: these mini-twisters that form in the distance like this:

As you drive, you can see them come closer and closer to the highway, and I saw one in enough time to capture it in full force, when THIS HAPPENS:

Poof! They roar out of the desert and then are gone as quickly as they appear! They seemed to lose power as they hit the highway, so they didn’t impact traffic at all – we averaged 80 mph the whole way…

The rest of the trip into Tucson Arizona was uneventful, but leaving the next day was an adventure!

More of that coming up: I’ve got the Gunfight At The OK Corral, the mystery of “The Thing” revealed, and the funniest McDonald’s order of all time….stay tuned, we are just getting underway – I leave you with a jumbo jet graveyard right off the Arizona highway!

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13 replies

  1. Happy to travel this route with you, John, as I doubt I will ever go myself. The scenery is very different to England of course, and we don’t have ‘dust devils’ either. 🙂 450+ miles a day is a lot of driving. Glad to hear you flew back.
    Best wishes, Pete

  2. What a great trip John! I love the pictures! We did a trip across the USA some years ago but didnt make it to many southern states. Looking forward to more of your adventures to come!

  3. I drove the I 10 to San Antonio, so I know what you’re looking at! It sure is hot right now. I assume you made the trip safely. Looking forward to more of your road trip.


  1. What Is “The Thing?” The Shocking Mystery Of Arizona’s Desert Is Revealed Here! My Road Trip Across America Pt. 2! – johnrieber
  2. The Oldest Family-Owned Mexican Restaurant In The US! My Road Trip Across America Pt. 3! Welcome To Tucson’s El Charro Cafe! The Original Beef Taco Recipe! – johnrieber
  3. Visiting The Real Tombstone! The Truth Behind The Gunfight At The OK Corral! My Trip Across America Gets Violent! – johnrieber

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