Anyway, I thought for kicks I'd recreate the experience by posting my notes on the trip one day at a time. Its like a real time update ... only a month delayed.
Day 1: Jimmy, Betty & Matt picked me up near the end of the first day, having come down from the Bay Area. We continued on to Twentynine Palms, CA, and crashed at a friend Betty's'. The place is a giant Marine Corps base, and they say that "29" is "worse than Iraq."
It looks like this out there.