I applied for emergency leave to drive to Alabama to bring my wife and older son home to California. The evening I left San Diego, I drove east past El Cajon and was following what seemed like the quickest path on State Highway 10, now I-10. I arrived in Phoenix, Arizona just before midnight and proceeded to fuel my car. Once that was done, I again headed East on highway 10. Approximately 5 miles after getting on the highway, I noticed a bright light positioned at about the Three O'Clock position above the horizon, north and east of my position. I left Phoenix right at 12:00 a.m. By now from my previous event, I am pretty spooked by lights in the sky of any kind.
I kept trying to focus on my driving, but found myself somewhat preoccupied with this strange light. It kind of looked like an automobile with it's head lights on high beam positioned on a small mesa, about 3 miles from my position. It's like I just blinked my eyes, and out of the corner of my eye I see what appears to be a city limit sign going by. I missed the name, but felt somewhat disoriented, continued to the next off ramp. There is the name Gila Bend. At this point I pulled my car over to side of the road, wondering what is going on. I look at my watch and it is now a little after 5:30 am in the morning,
I am in Gila Bend, Arizona and my last conscious thought is of the light, at 12:10 am outside Phoenix, Arizona. I couldn't believe I had driven over 200 miles and not remembered having done so. I know you've heard of this stuff before, really have you heard this one. I check my gas gauge and it read full. Not believing what I was seeing, I drove to the nearest gas station and proceeded to fill the tank. It took less than 1/2 of one gallon to fill the tank. I have never before or since been able to equal gas mileage like that, although I wish I could.