Saturday, December 10, 2005

Day 5 Following James Dean

Highway 46 at the junction of Highway 41 in California September 30, 1955 the date and place James Dean Died. We drove along this highway a little over 50 years after that terrible day when Donald Turnupseed, a Cal Poly student turned directly in front and into James Dean's Porsche 550 Spyder.

This convenience store was the last place James Dean safely stopped befor his death a 24 miles west.

We can look back toward the Temblor mountains (named for their location on the San Andreas fault) and the James Dean Memorial Junction.

Just a few miles from the town of Cholame

James Dean is quoted as having said
"You must bridge that gap between life and death
and to go on living even after you are dead."
In many ways he has bridged that gap.

Closer to Interstate 5 we came upon this oilfield that looked like it went several miles north and south of highway 46 where gasoline was selling, as we noticed, for $2.46 per gallon 5 miles up the road.

We made it to Lancaster in good time and after setting up the RV I took some sunset pictures.

And even caught a motorcross race next door with a long range shot.

Some magnificent color displays.....

Before shutting down for the day.

Scrabble Score Scrabble Queen 284 the contender 302 (It was a miserable game neither of us enjoyed much)

Quote of the Day
"There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are all impaled on the crook of conditioning. A fish that is in the water has no choice that he is. Genius would have it that we swim in sand. We are fish and we drown." ~ James Dean quotes (American motion picture actor, symbol of rebellion, 1931-1955)

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