Day 30

August 25, 2009 – Day 30:  Carson City, NV to San Marcos, CA – 494.77 Miles

Mono Lake, from Conwat Summit
Mono Lake, from Conway Summit

I had been checking the rear tire for the past 3 to 4 days and I knew it was getting thin.  As I performed my morning pre-trip ritual I noticed the cord was showing through the tire in three separate locations.  I made a tactical decision to skip going through Yosemite, King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Parks and bang it straight down the 395 to home.  If I had a blowout I figured it would be better to be on 395 than up in Tioga Pass, Glacier Point or Lodgepole.  Besides, I had spent a great deal of time photographing these areas in the past and there would be plenty of time to shoot them in the future, assuming I made it home safe.  The choice turned out to be a good one.  I got some nice shots of elk, Mono Lake, and the Sierras along the way.

Elk, South of Bishop
Elk, South of Bishop

As I headed up the hill on 395 through Temecula, it struck me, I was almost home.  I had been on the road for 30 days and seen sites more spectacular than any I had ever seen before.  I had made mistakes, met friends, traversed roads of unspeakable condition, survived life threatening situations, and covered over 9,000 miles through eight states and three Canadian Provinces, and I had done it alone.  I thought long and hard about my journey, what I had seen, what I had been through, what I had to endure, all the incredible images I captured along the way and all the memories I had created for the rest of my life.  As I pulled into the studio I asked myself, knowing what I know now, would I make the same trip, the same way, another day in the future?  The answer came quicker than the question, in a heartbeat!

Cattle in Lone Pine
Cattle in Lone Pine

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