Tucson to San Diego

Fall now ahead, Sylvie’s baseball season over, we drove from Tucson to San Diego, where Sylvie was to attend a three day conference. Not in a hurry, we drove west to Why, then dropped south to the border crossing at Lukeville. Back in old Mexico, we stopped in Sonoyta to eat, dry and hot, folks moving slowly in the heat. After lunch we walked around some, surrounded but ignored by border business as usual. I had drunk a beer with a taco burrito full of red and black steaming beans and hot chilies, and with Sylvie now driving, I fell asleep. When I awoke we were on Mexico Federal Highway 2, driving west along the border. Desert, mesa, flat tan and sandy, rocky hills. We switched seats again and Sylvie slept while I drove and when she awoke she was surprised by crops and greenery reappearing around San Luis Rio Colorado. We crossed the border again at the portmanteau crossing of Mexicali and Calexico, picking up 8 west through chaparral forest to El Cajon and La Mesa, and finally drove into a muted San Diego night, where Sylvie had booked a bungalow near the water in Ocean Beach. We had encountered no gods in the desert, had not felt watched. The desert gods are heavy sleepers, Sylvie said. Now back to the city gods, I said. The beach gods are my favorites, Sylvie said. I should move the team to a beach city next year. You can never be sure about the gods, I said, how they’re going to act, or react. I unpacked the car while Sylvie opened up the bungalow windows to the ocean breeze. We sat out on the front porch facing a narrow road that led down to the beach, and Sylvie poured herself a glass of chardonnay and I drank a beer and then we went to sleep for the night.

“Tucson to San Diego” is episode 61 of Inventories, a Novel in Progress in Serial Format at The Coming of the Toads.


  1. …life is what happens while waiting for godot?

    1. Joe Linker says:

      On the road again with Vladimir and Estragon. Nowhere to go. Nothing to be done.

  2. Not for the first time, your road movie brings me to explore google maps.

    1. Joe Linker says:

      I first made that trip to Tombstone and thru Naco and into the brush as a kid around 13 or so. Later I was stationed at Ft Huachuca, and used to go up to Tucson on weekend passes. I once drove Hwy 8 from San Diego to Tucson at night, lightning in the distance, and picked up radio stations from as far away as Utah. Thinking too though of the road trip comedies with Bob Hope and company. And have you seen the Trip movies with Coogan and Brydon?

      1. I have not seen these movies.

        1. Joe Linker says:

          The Trip movies? I think you guys might like them

      2. Haven’t seen the movies you mention. The latest road movie I re-watched was on BFI (to which I subscribe.) It’s ‘Kings of the Road’ by Wim Wenders
        I think you’d like it.

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