Wednesday, June 7, 2017

As usual...

Pretty tired again this evening but it's a good tired.

We launched out of Willows about 0800 and pushed south pretty hard. At 1100 we stopped at Pea Soup Andersen's in Santa Nella.

Mom had the soup, of course, and I had a reuben. Good food!

Then we charged down the central valley on I-5 and endured a long, mostly boring drive. As we passed Bakersfield I thumbed up a couple of songs. A little travellin' music, please...

We did stop for fuel and at a few rest stops.
"Lemme tell ya my story, Fat Man..."

Honey-nut cheerios!
Discing barley stubble.

Air temps were running in the high 90's most of the way, but when we tumbled down out of Tejon Pass and into the LA basin the mercury fell into the 70's. As the traffic picked up. It was rat race to crawl-n'-go and back several times.
Dead stop near Little Bangladesh

Anyone else smell onions?

But we finally made it to our digs at Laguna Hills Lodge (nice place, not too pricey). Met up with Niece Joy and her hubby Preston for some killer Mexican food.

Tomorrow, on to San Diego.


  1. I think I was 10 the first time I stopped at Andersons. Loved Split Pea Soup ever since.

    Sounds like you're having fun. Have a safe rest of the trip.

  2. It's good stuff, thap pea soup. Thanks Juvat, wilco.

  3. Santa Nella is the "new" one.
    Somewhere amongst the old photos there's a picture of Cuz and me at the Andersen's in Buellton.
    I have since learned how to brew the pea soup myself.
    It has become a New Years tradition.

    1. That place has a neat history. They were so friendly and such good service. I saw they had soup "kits."

  4. I'm happy to read that your trip continues to go well. May the rest of it go as well or better. Thanks for the post and photos.

    Paul L. Quandt

  5. It certainly looks like you're having fun.

    ("Lemme tell ya my story, Fat Man..." was a monitor sprayer for sure!)

  6. That squirrel had a hell of a story...

    Lots of fun. Mom and her sister are killing me!

  7. Up until the turn of the century, tracked tractors were few and far between here in WI. Then the CAT Challenger appeared, now they, and DEERE 8310s are everywhere. Lower soil compaction is a Good Thing. I wonder if you can stick a loader on a 8310? There is no way you could on a Challenger.

    1. This one appears to have been califarming for many years. 😃

  8. You can put one on a 8310 wheeled tractor, so I would thing it would work with an 8310RT tracked tractor.

    1. Seems like it would work. What could go wrong?😐

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