U-Haul Haulin' to California

June 2009

A couple weeks ago Dan and I drove his truck and all of his stuff that would fit in a Uhaul out to California.

We left Boulder around 9:30 in the morning on Wednesday the 2nd and nearly immediately discovered that the tow vehicle was vastly underpowered. Driving south out of Boulder we struggled to maintain 35 mph driving up the smallish hill that 93 climbs. Figuring that the travel time was estimated using an average speed of nearly 70 mph, we also realized that we were in for a much longer than expected trip.

I-70 went about as well as could be hoped, slowly and without too much sway as long as we stayed under 60 mph. Anything over that and things got scary pretty quickly.

Arriving in Utah we decided that because our overloaded trailer was so much fun to drive on wide, relatively straight and level highways, it would be even better to take it through Coral Reef National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante State Park, Bryce Canyon, and Zion (if they let us into the park with the trailer). This ended up working out pretty well. There was a lot less traffic, we went a bit slower which made the trailer more manageable, and we went through some of the most beautiful parks in the country. And as a bonus we got to Zion before they opened the booth so we got to go through for free.

Wednesday night around midnight we found an empty dirt road near Zion, parked, and threw our sleeping bags out next to the truck. There was some cloud cover when I went to sleep, but I woke a couple times during the night after things had cleared up a bit, and the stars were pretty amazing. Second only to a couple of nights laying outside under them with Dara.

Driving into Santa Ana was an interesting experience with the typically suicidal California drivers practically changing lanes between the truck and trailer. After that it was a few hours of unpacking and dinner at Loco Burrito before flying back to Colorado the next morning.