The boys see a huge difference in their surroundings as they are getting closer to the SF Bay Area. A week ago, in Nevada they were crossing a township of 200-400 people every 50-70 miles (this sometimes meant only one township on a given day). Now cities with 40,000 residents are almost touching each other. They can tell the difference in people’s look and mentality. And they can see (taste!) the difference in the food available.
Back in the Nevada desert the brothers were at the mercy of convenience stores of gas stations, and it took them some time to learn that they needed to check the expiration date on the package they purchased. One time Janos bought a “Lunchables” and as soon as he opened the box he knew something was wrong with the food. The date showed the meal has been expired for 12 months! He returned it, then tried to make a more careful choice from the limited selection. Maybe one of these expired food items had caused Janos’ sickness about a week ago.
The flat terrain makes it easy to make good progress. For most part of the day they followed a bicycle route. The advantages are the lack of cars and traffic lights. The disadvantage is that these roads are too curvy, Peter says.