Tuscon – Palm Springs

Tuscon is a desert town. We got in late at night after the longest drive of the trip. I was in for a shock when we woke up the next morning to see the city is basically in a desert. The Audi had been acting up on speeds between 70 and 80mph. It would be fine above 80mph. It would shake until I got to 80mph. I talked to my mechanic in Houston and he recommended I do a wheel balancing. I did that and it helped for the duration of the trip.

We checked out a church on the outskirts of Tuscon called San Xavier del Bac Mission. It’s an old Spanish Catholic church built in the 1700s. Soon we were on our way headed to Palm Springs, California. There is not much to see for most of the way, just many trucks on the road. It was a fairly short day too with under 6 hours on the road. There were also not many gas stations or services along the way so we had to watch the fuel situation carefully.

We made it to Palm Springs on the outskirts of Los Angeles, looked for a hotel and headed straight for the Aerial Tramway. It’s the largest rotating tramway in the world. It’s twelve and a half minutes to go up the mountain with magnificent views from up there. They have a viewing deck up there and the views are to die for..but it was freezing and we could be out in the open for only a couple of minutes. We had dinner up there and waited for the last trip down 2 hours later.

Palm Springs is an interesting town. It’s a town in the middle of the desert. The hotels are packed tight and it’s very touristy. The buildings are controlled meaning there are no building more than a couple floors up. Apparently is a retirement town and hosts lots of gay parties on the weekend. Apparently it’s well known in the Los Angeles area.

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