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Merriam-Webster Online.

2009, Dec, 5 - `10 Feb. 20
And Nov. 2014

During the winter of 2009 / 10 I had my tractor, & trailer, leased to a company called `CS Transport' which was situated in New Westminster, B C. Canada.

I had an `07 Volvo conventional pulling a 53 Ft. Utility reefer taking loads to towns in Calif.

Most of the loads I hauled were plywood from a plant in Richmond, B. C. destined for various towns in California.

Returning to Canada I carried produce; carrots, cucumbers, etc that I picked up in towns throughout Calif. for Loblaw’s in Calgary, Alberta.

After unloading in Calgary I would backtrack, empty, to Lethbridge where I would load yogurt for the new Loblaw warehouse South of Langley, B. C.

The following are some of the pictures I took, through the windshield, along the route.


BAKER
BARSTOW
CAMPO
CASTAIC
CHINATOWN
SAN FRANCISCO
CHINO
FONTANA
FORT BRAGG
GRAPE
VINE
GUALALA
GUERNEVILLE
HALLORAN
HUNGRY
VALLEY
HYATT
HOUSE
I-5 NORTH
OREGON
to DUNNIGAN
I-5 SOUTH
LAVAL
to SYLMAR
I-8
SAN DIEGO
to ARIZONA
I-10
THROUGH
PALM SPRINGS
I-15
BARSTOW
to NEVADA
I-40
ARIZONA
to US 95
I-80
I-505
to ROUTE 37
I-80
BAY
BRIDGE
I-215
ROUTE 60
to ROUTE 91
I-580
from Hwy. 101
to I-5
I-880 & Hwy. 92
from I-580
to Hwy. 101
JACUMBA
KEENE
KETTLEMAN
LIVERMORE
MOJAVE
NATIONAL
PRESERVE
MORENO
VALLEY
NAPA
NIKKO
HOTEL
NIPTON
MT. SHASTA
PALM
SPRINGS
PINE BEACH
INN
PLEASANTON
POWELL
STREET
TROLLEY
RIVERSIDE
ROUTE 1
FT. BRAGG to
ROUTE 116
ROUTE 37
I-80 to
ROUTE I01
ROUTE 41
I-5 to
ROUTE I01
ROUTE 58
BAKERSFIELD
TO BARSTOW
(I-15)
ROUTE 60
I-10
to ROUTE 91
ROUTE 91
ROUTE 60
to ROUTE 57
ROUTE 95
BLYTHE
to I-40
ROUTE 99
I-5 to I-5
ROUTE 101
SAN FRANCISCO
to ROUTE 128
ROUTE 111
I-10 to
COACHELLA
ROUTE 116
Hwy. 1 to
COTATI
ROUTE 128
Hwy. 101 to
Hwy. 1
SAN
FRANCISCO
SAN
GORGONIO
PASS
SCOMA'S
SKUNK
TRAIN
TEHACHAPI
THE
GRAPE
VINE
VALLEJO
WEED
WINE
TRAIN
WINE
TROLLEY
YERMO
YORBA LINDA
YREKA
ZZYZX

I-5 (NORTH) OREGON to DUNNIGAN

On this trip I had a load of plastic trays that were made in Mission, B. C.

I was taking them to an aquaculture farm North of San Francisco.

I turned West, North of Sacramento, onto Hwy 505.


YREKA22
REDDING122
SACRAMENTO279
PURPLE HEART
TRAIL
24TH INFANTRY DIVISION KOREA
WELCOME TO
CALIFORNIA
SISKIYOU COUNTY
WE HONOUR VETERANS

EXIT 776
YREKA MONTAGUE RIGHT LANE
AIRPORT

YREKA

MT. SHASTA - BEHIND THE CLOUD

MT. SHASTA

EXIT 753
WEEDAIRPORT RD
REST AREA

THE REST AREA IS ALMOST PART OF THE AIRPORT

ENTERING SHASTA NATIONAL FOREST

MT. SHASTA - NORTH FACE

MT. SHASTA - SOUTH FACE

EXIT 738
CENTRAL MT. SHASTA ⇒ - HATCHERY LN.

Weed, Calif. is similar to Whistler, B.C. in that it is spread out as small groupings of buildings, over a distance of several miles, with mountains in between.


WEED

TRUCK VILLAGE ON TRUCK VILLAGE DR. MT. SHASTA, CALIF.

EXIT 732
DUNSMUIR AVE.
SISKIYOU AVE. ⇒

EXIT 732 TO DUNSMUIR

SOUTH 5 REDDING SACRAMENTO
EXIT CENTRAL DUNSMUIR

CASCADE - WONDERLAND HWY.

SHASTA LAKE - McCLOUD RIVER ARM -
TURNTABLE BAY

SHASTA LAKE

PIT RIVER ARM

EXIT 690
BRIDGE BAY RD
EXIT 1 MILE

SHASTA LAKE - PIT RIVER ARM - BRIDGE BAY

BRIDGE BAY RESORT & SEAPLANE BASE

A TUNNEL ON THE OLD HIGHWAY

EXIT 690
BRIDGE BAY RD
EXIT 1 1/2 MILES

SHASTA
COUNTY LINE (SOUTH)
WHERE WE HONOR VETERANS

SHASTA SCALE (NORTHBOUND)
("Weed,
COTTONWOOD R.

EXIT 664
GAS POINT RD. (South of Redding)

RICE PADDIES

ADM RICE

GRIMES
NEXT EXIT

IT LOOKS LIKE THE SUN IS RISING IN THE SOUTH WEST

THIS SECTION OF THE I-5 (AKA, IN THIS AREA, WEST SIDE HIGHWAY)
BETWEEN WOODLAND AND SACRAMENTO, RUNS EAST TO WEST

BUILT ON PILINGS, OVER RICE PADDIES
TO THE SOUTH IS BAYOU RD, ALSO ON PILINGS

SACRAMENTO RIVER

SOUTH OF SACRAMENTO

AN ORCHARD

I-15 (SOUTH) LAVAL to SYLMAR

Most non-Californians, when they speak of `Grapevine’ are referring to the hill.

That part of the 1-5, in California, that goes up and over the San Gabriel, and Tehachapi, mountains between greater Los Angeles city and the desert.

There are actually two `Grapevines’.

There is the small community of Grapevine that is nestled under the West side of the I-5, part way up the hill, South of the San Joaquin Valley.

And there is the section of highway most of us know as `The Grapevine'.

THIS COLUMN, ON THE LEFT,
IS OF PICTURES, GOING SOUTH, ALONG THE I-5
FROM THE COMMUNITY OF GRAPEVINE TO SYLMAR
WHERE WE LEAVE THE I-5 FOR I-210.
+ + + + + + + +
Pictures follow the direction of travel, North to South.
THIS SECOND COLUMN, ON THE RIGHT,
IS OF PICTURES, GOING NORTH, ALONG THE I-5
FROM SYLMAR WHERE THE I-210 JOINS THE I-5
TO THE BOTTOM OF THE HILL AT LAVAL,
WHERE WE LEAVE THE I-5 FOR HWY. 99.
+ + + + + + + +
Pictures DON'T follow the direction of travel, South to North.
To view the pictures in order of travel, start at the bottom and scroll up.
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY

LAVAL

GRAPEVINE 1 MILE
Grapevine, (California, USA, I-5)
LEBEC
GRAPEVINE

I TRIED TO STOP ON ONE TRIP
BUT THE PARKING LOT WAS FULL

THE HILLS WERE COVERED WITH WHITE AND THE SNOW
WAS COVERED WITH FAMILIES ON SLEIGHS AND TOBOGGANS
PYRAMID LAKE

TEJON SUMMIT 4144 FT FT.

BRAKE CHECK BEFORE STARTING DOWN TO CASTAIC

NEAR THE TOP OF THE HILL THE SIDES OF THE FREEWAY
SWITCH SIDES OF THE CANYON

SOMETIMES I AM ASHAMED TO SAY THAT I AM A TRUCKER

BETWEEN THE SECTIONS OF FREEWAY IS
`WARPED OPS - AIRSOFT FIELD'

RADIATOR WATER

WARPED OPS - AIRSOFT FIELD

CASTAIC

SOME OF THESE PICTURES HAVE MORE GREEN THAN OTHERS,
THEY WERE TAKEN AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE YEAR

BAKERSFIELD 74
SACRAMENTO 346

EXIT TO MAGIC MOUNTAIN

EXIT TO I-15

I-210 JOINS I-5

I-210

I-8 SAN DIEGO to ARIZONA

On this trip I had unloaded wood pellets in El Cerito (A suburb of L. A.) and caught I-5 going South.

I was heading for Yuma to pick up produce for Calgary, Alta.

I skirted the outskirts of San Diego and picked up I-8, dropped South onto Route 98, made like a tourist through Calexico, then rejoined I-8 into Arizona.


WIND FARM UNDER CONSTRUCTION

262 Ft. TALL. THE BLADES WILL BE 173' LONG

CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST

IF IT'S A FOREST, WHERE ARE ALL THE TREES?

HWY 1-8 KUMEYAAY HWY.

CAMPO

JACUMBA TURNOFF

ALMOST TO YUMA, ARIZONA

DUE SOUTH OF THE SALTON SEA

I-10 (EAST AND WEST) THROUGH PALM SPRINGS

These next pictures were taken during my last trip with my Volvo.

I had loaded plywood at `Norland Forest Prod.'on Annacis Island in Delta, B. C.

I unloaded in Santa Nella, Calif.

Then I popped over the pass to Ocean Mist Farms in Coachella where I loaded a couple of pallets of spinach.

Then it was back through the pass to Compton for a few pallets of Grapes.

THIS COLUMN, ON THE LEFT,
IS OF PICTURES, GOING EAST, ALONG THE I-10
THROUGH THE AREA OF PALM SPRINGS
+ + + + + + + +
Pictures follow the direction of travel, East to West
THIS SECOND COLUMN, ON THE RIGHT,
IS OF PICTURES, GOING WEST, ALONG THE I-10
THROUGH THE AREA OF PALM SPRINGS
+ + + + + + + +
Pictures DON'T follow the direction of travel, East to West
To view the pictures in order of travel, start at the bottom and scroll up

SAN GORGONIO PASS

SAN GORGONIO PASS WIND FARM

DESERT
HOT SPRINGS

NEXT 3 EXITS

62 29 PALMS
YUCCA VALLEY
RIGHT LANE

MORONGO VALLEY
JOSHUA TREE
NEXT RIGHT

SEE THE TRAIN
NOTICE HOW MUCH TALLER THE WIND TURBINES STAND

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAINS

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS

PALM SPRINGS
NORTH PALM SPRINGS
NEXT RIGHT

N. INDIAN CYN. DR. EXIT 120
NORTH PALM SPRINGS

PALM SPRINGS
CITY LIMITS
POP. 44,552 ELEV. 440 FT.

DESERT ENERGY ENTERPRISE CENTER
COLLEGE OF THE DESERT

PALM DRIVE
DESERT HOT SPRINGS

I-15 BARSTOW to NEVADA

On this trip I had loaded carrots in Bakersfield, Calif.

I was taking them to Loblaw in Calgary, Alta.

I headed East on Hwy 58.


HWY. 58 - BARSTOW BAKERSFIELD HWY. ENTERING BARSTOW

BARSTOW

MOJAVE DESERT

A DRIVE IN THEATRE
WONDER IF IT IS STILL IN USE
PRETTY RARE THING IN CANADA, NOWADAYS

YERMO

LAKE DELORES

LAKE DELORES / ROCK-A-HOOLA / DISCOVERY WATER PARK

THIS SIGN WAS IN BARSTOW, BEFORE THE JUNCTION
SO A DRIVER DOESN'T KNOW WHETHER IT REFERS TO EAST I-5 OR WEST I-15

CLYDE V. KANE SAFETY ROADSIDE REST AREA

THE WEST BOUND REST AREA WAS ALSO CLOSED
WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD CLOSE A REST AREA?
THEN, THE GOV'T. COMPLAINS ABOUT DRIVERS FALLING ASLEEP


BARSTOW FREEWAY

(AKA) MOJAVE FREEWAY


ZZYZX

BAKER

START OF A LONG GRADUAL CLIMB

HALLORAN SPRINGS

ELEV. 3,000 Ft.

ELEV. 4,000 Ft.

HALLORAN SUMMIT

ANOTHER CLOSED REST AREA
MORE DRIVERS GOING WITHOUT SLEEP

NOW, ISN'T THAT JUST PERFECT
BROKE DOWN BUT CAN'T PULL OFF THE FREEWAY
BECAUSE THE WEST BOUND REST AREA IS CLOSED AS WELL

BRAKE CHECK AREA

NIPTON RD. - SEARCHLIGHT - NEXT RIGHT

MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE

FUTURE HOME OF PRIMM VALLEY GOLF CLUB

PRIMM, NEVADA

Travelling North on US 95, from Yuma to Vegas, one must make a slight jog to the West on I-40.

I-40 ARIZONA, WEST to US 95


LEAVING ARIZONA AND ENTERING CALIFORNIA (NOTE THE WIND DRIFTING THE SAND ACROSS THE HIGHWAY)

Going South on the I-5 from Oregon, to go to San Francisco, the shortest route is to take I-505 (between Williams and Woodland

505 joins I-80 just East of Vacaville.

To go to San Rafael you leave I-80 (for Route 37) on the Northern edge of Vallejo.

I-80 I-505 to ROUTE 37

In Nov. of 2014 we took a trip to California.

These are pictures of the Great bridge and it's new replacement.

Going West into San Francisco and then East to Pleasanton.

I-80 SAN FRANCISCO - OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE
West Bound


SAN FRANCISCO

I-80 SAN FRANCISCO - OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE
East Bound


LEAVING SAN FRANCISCO ON I-80

BRIDGE TO YERBA BUENA ISLAND

TUNNEL THROUGH YERBA BUENA ISLAND

LEAVING THE TUNNEL ON THE NEW BRIDGE

THE NEW BRIDGE PARALLELS THE OLD ONE

NOW HOW DID THAT TRUCK GET OVER THERE?

MOST OF THE MIDDLE IS MISSING

TURNING SOUTH TO THE 580

ROUTE 37 from I-80 to ROUTE 101


CREST RANCH DISTRICT

6 FLAGS DISCOVERY KINGDOM

HWY. 37 (AKA) SEARS POINT RD.

EVENING RUSH HOUR LEAVING OAKLAND AND SAN FRAN.

VALLEJO

WHITE SLOUGH

LIFT BRIDGE
G ST. (AKA) MARE ISLAND CAUSEWAY
WICHELS CAUSEWAY
ERNEST D. WICHELS MEMORIAL CAUSEWAY
THE PIER IN THE FOREGROUND
N. PIER ST.

MARE ISLAND NAVAL COMPLEX

SAN PABLO BAY

SAN PABLO BAY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

LATE EVENING RUSH HOUR
SPECTATORS AND PARTICIPANTS
LEAVING THE SONOMA RACEWAY

VN 780 (SAME AS WHAT I AM DRIVING)
THIS ONE IS HAULING A RACE CAR

WAITING FOR THE LIGHT AT ATHERTON AVE.

HWY. 37 (AKA) EL CAMINO REAL

I-580
SAN RAFAEL (Hwy. 101) to I-5

These pictures of I-580, starting at San Rafael, go over the Richmond_San Rafael Bridge, through Livermore and connect with the I-5 going South.


RICHMOND - SAN RAFAEL BRIDGE

I-80 I-580 INTERCHANGE

LIVERMORE AREA

PATTERSON PASS

I-880 & Hwy. 92 & SAN MATEO BRIDGE
from I-580 to Hwy. 101

We left Pleasanton on I-580 and joined 880.

We turned off I-880 onto Hwy. 92 which becomes the San Mateo Bridge.

After making it through the fog we turned onto Hwy. 101 which took us to the SFO airport.

ROUTE 41 - I-5 to ROUTE 101

Because I was out of hours, and there was a wide spot at the cloverleaf, I spent my off hours in Kettleman.

There are two parts to Kettleman.

The old part, Kettleman City, which is North of the irrigation canal

and the new part, Kettleman Junction, which is located next to the I-5.


THE NEW PART OF KETTLEMAN

IRRIGATION CANAL

KETTLEMAN CITY

LOOKING WEST (FROM HWY. 41) GENERAL PETROLEUM AVE.

LOOKING WEST (FROM HWY. 41) STANDARD OIL AVE.

LOOKING NORTH ON ROUTE 41

KINGS COUNTY CENTER
KETTLEMAN CITY

MAYBE IT SHOULD BE CATTLE, NOT KETTLE?

OR MAYBE THESE ARE KETTLE - NOT CATTLE?

JACK RANCH CAFE

Actually, I switched from 41 to 46 for the last few miles.

Coming off 46 at Paso Robles.

I had been over this stretch once before, having take 46 out of Bakersfield.

(STATE &/OR US) ROUTE 58 - BAKERSFIELD to BARSTOW (I-5)


ENTERING THE HILLS EAST OF BAKERSFIELD

EXIT 202
GORMAN
1 MILE

HUNGRY VALLEY
NEXT EXIT

ROUTE 58
(AKA):

BARSTOW - BAKERSFIELD HWY
.
KERN COUNTY KOREAN WAR VETERANS MEMORIAL HWY.
MOJAVE BARSTOW HWY.

KEENE

TEHACHAPI

LIME QUARRY FOR LEHIGH


LEHIGH SOUTHWEST CEMENT


TEHACHAPI WIND FARM

ANOTHER REST AREA - CLOSED
MORE INCOMPETENCE BY GOV'T. OFFICIALS

BORON, THE HOME OF BORAX

JUNCTION OF ROUTE 395

76, ASTRO BURGERS, BURGER KING, CHEVRON,
PILOT, ROADHOUSE, SUBWAY, TEXACO

HINKLEY

HINKLEY RD.

CENTRAL METAL INC.

APPROACHING BARSTOW

(STATE &/OR US) ROUTE 60 I-10 to ROUTE 91


LEAVING I-10

ROUTE 60 (aka)
MORENO VALLEY FREEWAY

MORENO VALLEY

CITY OF MORENO VALLEY

INTERSECTION WITH ROUTE 215

A SHORT JOG NORTH ON 215 TAKES YOU TO 91

INTERSECTION WITH ROUTE 91

CITY OF FONTANA
WALTERS WHOLESALE ELECTRIC

(STATE &/OR US) ROUTE 91- ROUTE 60 to ROUTE 57


LEAVING ROUTE 60

(Background) MOUNT SAN ANTONIA (aka) MOUNT BALDY
(On left) MARTIN TUDOR JURUPA HILL REGIONAL PARK

CITY OF FONTANA

ROUTE 91 (AKA) ARTESIA BLVD; ARTESIA, CORONA,
GARDENA, RIVERSIDE – FREEWAY, & HWY. I-215

CITY OF RIVERSIDE

(Background) SANTIAGO PEAK

BURGESS MOVING & STORAGE

LAKE HILLS

CITY OF CHINO

CHINO HILLS

CITY OF YORBA LINDA

INTERSECTION WITH ROUTE 241
(Top of the hill) RONALD REAGAN PARK

INTERSECTION WITH ROUTE 57

(STATE &/OR US) ROUTE 95 - BLYTHE to I - 40


HWY. 95 - N. INTAKE BLVD.

(STATE &/OR US) ROUTE 99 - DUNNIGAN to (or from) LAVAL

To view these pictures in the order they were taken, South to North, start at the bottom of this section.

Route 99 melds with, or separates from, I-5 at Red Bluff.


AFTER MY PROBLEMS AT THE SCALE IN CHICO
I WAS HAPPY TO GET BACK ON THE I-5 AT RED BLUFF

WHAT A RARE SIGHT - A BEEHIVE BURNER

SACRAMENTO RIVER

RICE PADDYS

NO RUSH TO PICK UP THE BALES

PROBABLY WON'T RAIN ALL WINTER

FIELDS OF STUBBLE AWAIT SPRING PLANTING

NATUMAS CREEK - SACRAMENTO

FLAT, DRY, DUSTY, BALES OF STRAW

MORE LIKE THE PRAIRIES THAN THE WEST COAST

HWY. 99

(AKA) GOLDEN STATE HWY.

CLEAN ENERGY SYSTEMS INC.

KIMBERLINA POWER PLANT

HWY. 58.

(AKA) ROSEDALE HWY

C C & M TRUCK SERVICES
TRUCK & TRAILER REPAIRS - VOLVO SPECIALISTS

36110 ALKEN ST.

HWY. 99 BETWEEN I-5 AND BAKERSFIELD

Read from here up to view Hwy. 99 from South to North (the direction I was travelling.).

Though it is a long way from Bakersfield to the I-5, along Route 99, there is little to see.

Fields, dust, traffic, and visual barricades, such as trees and sound barriers.

Consequently I have no pictures of the towns, and cities, that I passed through.

To view these pictures in the order of North to South start at the top of this section.

+ + + + + + + +

Picking up the last load with my Volvo I spent the night behind the plant in Coachella.

The next morning I loaded a couple of pallets of spinach and then headed for Compton for a few grapes, then on to Bakersfield for carrots.

All of it bound for Loblaw in Calgary.

(STATE &/OR US) ROUTE 111 - I-10 to COACHELLA


SALTON SEA
STATE REC. AREA
20MILES

`WIGGLE WAGONS’ OR `A SET OF JOINTS' - NOT AN UNCOMMON SET UP
BUT SINGLE AXLE, SINGLE WHEEL?
NOT SOMETHING YOU WOULD EVER SEE IN CANADA.

+ + + + + + + +

Driving North on Hwy. 101.

Mostly just freeway except we stopped in Cotati for lunch.

We shared an excellent `sample platter' at Mi Pueblo on Commerce Blvd.

(STATE &/OR US) ROUTE 101 - From San Francisco to Hwy. 128


LEAVING SAN FRANCISCO

GEYSERVILLE 6
CLOVERDALE 15
EUREKA 199

+ + + + + + + +

Driving West on Hwy. 128 heading into the setting sun.

Hwy. 128 is narrow and very winding which doesn't give a lot of opportunity to take pictures although it is very picturesque.

It took me about an hour and 30 minutes though a fellow who drives it regularly said it only took him 40 minutes.

(STATE &/OR US) ROUTE 128 - From Hwy. 101 to Hwy. 1


JUST MISSED HALLOWEEN

THE DEER DON'T CARE

+ + + + + + + +

Driving South on Hwy. 1 heading into the rising sun.

Early morning fog, dirty windshield = crappy pictures.

(STATE &/OR US) ROUTE 1 - From Fort Bragg to Hwy. 116


SOMETHING BENEATH THE SURFACE

A COMMON SITE ON ANY SHORE LINE

ANCHOR BAY

ANCHOR BAY STORE
GENERAL MERCHANDISE

GUALALA

THE GUALALA HOTEL

APPROACHING JENNER

JENNER BY THE SEA - LODGING

⇐ 116 GUERNEVILLE
BODEGA BAY
SAN FRANCISCO 1 ⇒

+ + + + + + + +

Driving South on Hwy. 1 we turned East just South of Jenner.

Following the Russian River we reached Cotati in time for lunch.

Driving around we found the same restaurant where we had lunch on the way North.

However, neither the food, nor the service, was as good as it had been previously.

(STATE &/OR US) ROUTE 116 - From Hwy. 1 to Hwy. 101


GUERNEVILLE

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