On Interstate 15, through Utah, you can find a Flying J at just about every exit. It stands to reason, since their corporate offices are in Odgen, UT. Nearing our scheduled break for lunch, we pulled into the Flying J in Springville, UT and took advantage of our free shower coupons. Feeling refreshed and with a full stomach, we continued our travels.
With the temperatures well into the 100's we crossed into Arizona. What made the heat tolerable was the views of the canyons, and the AC being on full blast. All too soon, we were out of the canyons and smack dab in the desert. With some of the hills we had traveled over, we weren't able to get into Las Vegas, NV as we had wanted. Instead, we pulled into a truck stop in Moapa, NV as the mercury hit 109.
Driving into their lot, I saw an open field, which at first I thought had a lot of birds on the ground, but as we got closer, I saw that it looked like trash. Still closer, a sign appeared indicating the open field was an fireworks launching pad, and it had the remains of the fireworks previously set off to prove it. Inside the store, we saw why. A huge warehouse filled with every kind of firework you would want to buy, but the only thing we wanted to buy was some ice cream to cool us down after the walk across the lot to the store.
With Ben & Jerry's cooling our insides, we called it a night, but shortly after the sun set, and the sky was dark, we began to hear the sounds of firecrackers and fireworks being set off. I managed a peek out from our curtains to see the night sky being lit up, as the launching pad was put to good use.
This morning we had a very short drive of just 260 miles into our Company yard, as we don't deliver our frozen french fries until Monday morning in Long Beach, CA. We are hoping maybe to get a relay load so that we don't sit here all weekend, but if we do, at least we will have done a 34 hour reset of Craig's hours and we will have a fresh 70 hours for the week ahead.