Day 3: THE RIDE HOME
Mom and I awoke at 3:15am and left by 3:30am. Worried about deer running in front of us, we took our time driving in the dark. There were lots of jackrabbits scurring about but fortunately no deer. We decided to head back via UT9 instead of UT14 thinking the old way might be better, but in hindsight it wasn’t. Still, we made it back to the I-15 by 6:30am.
We passed through Las Vegas at 7:30am (gaining back an hour as we entered the Pacific Time Zone) and noticed a bunch of Mad Greek signs along the I-15. We thought, maybe Baker might be a decent stop for a little petrol as well as some gyros. I guess their advertising investment worked on us.
After a brief stop at the Mad Greek in Baker, we continued down the I-15 towards home. It was around Yermo when mom and I noticed a very bad accident where a white SUV was upside down in the center divider with a guy lying motionless apart from his car (obviously thrown from the vehicle). Lots of other people stopped their cars in the I-15 either rudely looking or genuinely trying to help. I could imagine this was going to really back up traffic later in the day. I was glad we got our early start.
Still, we couldn’t help but wonder whether all the impatient folks going upwards of 100mph in the truck lanes as they swerved around the flow of traffic might have caused this accident. Perhaps even the driver might have partaken in the haste. It was all speculation, but we still couldn’t help but wonder how spending more time in the city tends to make people more antsy as clearly the Vegas traffic would seem to demonstrate.
Furthermore, it was chilling to envision one of us in that position. It just goes to show that you never know when things happen and can’t take life for granted.
Near Barstow, we saw another pair of cars off the side of the road with smoke coming out and mangled fronts. A guy risked his life standing on the slow lane directing people to change lanes and not zoom by the damaged vehicles.
It was finally 11:30am when we got home. Another successful trip with my mom and quite a way to celebrate her birthday. I figured this type of “gift” was far more valuable than any material thing I could give her. And I think mom agrees.