L.A. To Sacramento: A Road Trip Story
by Michele Christopher
There are a couple of trips to Sacto from LA that I remember, but I don’t remember each of them clearly. I cant always figure out which incident happened on which trip.
We’ll just start with the time-released acid trip packed into a VW Jetta with 7 other people.
You know, it’s about an eight hour drive from LA to Sacto. One of us decided it was time to run up there and go fishing. Sure, like all things, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Someone “borrowed” a rubber raft. Everyone took our hits of acid and we all crammed into Cara Lee’s Jetta for this trip. What were we thinking… In the front was the driver, Mark. Then me and Billy in the passenger seat. In the back, we had Wally, Cara Lee, Eric, and probably Veg, and in all liklihood someone else stretched across them. Someone small. Chris or Germ. I really cant remember. And there was another car full of people, too, a yellow firebird, with Dirthead Steve driving.
We tied the rubber boat to the roof and got on the road. No spare clothes. No food. No money. We were just going to Sacto to go fishing. On acid. From Los Angeles.
That fuckin acid never hit. Apparently, everyone else in the car was balls out frying, except for me. I was pissed, and I was sitting on Billy’s lap with hours to go and everyone was all stoked on the trip, and I wasn’t tripping yet, and yeah I was pissed.
The actual drive up the 99 was uneventful, mostly, except for when Dirthead Steve went to pass us, blatantly smoking a fatty at us, only to get pulled over, ticketed and released. We stopped just south of Sacto at some place so everyone could finally get out and stretch.
I opened the car door, I put my foot on the ground, I put my other foot on the ground, and suddenly I was peaking on the acid I took eight hours prior. I went into this place, and there was a black dude in a white pimp suit, greeting everyone. What the fuck? I asked him where I might find the bathrooms and he pointed me in the right direction. And the hall was that bordello red flocked fuzzy wallpaper. I cant find a place in my head for any of this. There… up ahead… two doors. One with a King card on it and one with a Queen card on it. I’m stumped. Dude, I have no idea what this shit is. It COULD be a bathroom. But I don’t get it. I looked around for someone to help me, but I didn’t see anyone. I totally did not fucking get the card thing on the bathroom. Then down the hall came Cara Lee. I’m all, “help help!”. Everyone else was pretty much done tripping by now, except me, and I’m right in the fucking middle of the gnarliest bit of it. “help help” is all I can say to Cara Lee. I sort of waved my arms at the doors and said something about taking a wizz. “help help”. She figured it out for me and I did what I was there to do, and then went back out to the car.
Nex stop was the F&L down the road for some beer and smokes. I’ll never get the taste of either of them out of my head, the generic blue and orange packages of F&L cigs and F&L beer. Someone grabbed a gallon of red drink, too.
This is actually where it gets very fuzzy, and I’m not sure which trip this happened on, but it must have been this one because the LSD fucked with me for a whole weekend.
We get to the cheap hotel we are staying at, and I’m in the room trying to get the gallon of red drink open. Cant do it. Too retarded. I ended up slamming the sliding bathroom door on my hand, and red drink went all over the fucking place. All over me. Smashed the shit out of my hand. Refused to look at it. Too freaky. Everyone else looked at my now mangled, and apparently broken, middle right finger. Bleeding everywhere. Cara Lee made me hold it under the water for a while. Then she wrapped a towel around my hand. So for the weekend I was running around Sacto with this bloody towel around my hand. That finger is still dumb looking, I call it my third big toe.
Dirthead Steve was outside and somehow messed with the motel owners Doberman, and we were promptly booted, cops and all. Still tripping, y’know, so all of this is totally unbelievable to me. We decided to inflate the raft and get to the lake we were going to. That’s another tale in itself. Nevermind.
Came back to town and went to Bertha Henschal park. Some people there started a fight. One of them threw something at us, and Cara Lee hit the ground like a sack of bricks. Then it was all cowboys and indians, and we got the cowboys down on the ground and beat them, badly. I sort of feel bad about it, but not really. Cara Lee was still unconscious on the ground. We carried her to the car, left the cowboys bleeding next to a picnic table, and headed to someone’s house. Got some frozen peas on her head. She woke up. And then we went to a party full of skinheads. Which I guess was pretty fun? Yeah.
That night we found a building to sleep in. To my surprise and glee, it was an abandoned mortuary. Next to some train tracks, which none of us realized until like 4 AM when a fucking train came roaring by and scared the shit out of everyone.
And then I think we went home the next day, but I don’t remember. I was still sort of tripping. But I DO remember, a day or so later, I went to a show at Fender’s and got kicked in the hand, the one with the now retarded middle finger, and broke the last two fingers on the same hand. I spent the summer painting leather jackets for people being able to only use my thumb and pointy finger o hold brushes. I learned how to write with my left hand, too. And still, when I taste a cheap can of beer, like Milwaukee’s Beast or something similar, I still taste the cheap F&L cigarettes and beer.