Day 18 (June 30, 2021 – Los Angeles, California): “Escaping The Heat?”
It was about 5:15am I awoke without my alarm, and so I went about doing my usual business of freshening up and then going downstairs to get the dolly so we could load everything up in one shot by the time Julie and Tahia would finally be awake.
I then spent the next 90 minutes getting caught up on blogging and packing my own belongings before having the leftovers from yesterday (from both the Danielle’s Creperie and the Ryujin Ramen House).
Finally at about 7:40am, we checked out and left the Residence Inn in Sacramento and then began the long drive home.
There was some confusion with the Garmin DriveSmart 50’s directions versus the Apple Maps’ directions as I wasn’t sure whether to take the 99 or the I-5.
I ultimately erred on the side of taking the 99 south until we got towards Stockton before switching over to the I-5.
As we made the switch from the Hwy 4 interlude to the I-5, there was one incident where we were in the middle lane out of 3 and letting some speeder pass on the left.
For some unexplained reason, he decided to cut us off, slow down, and then tail a big rig on the far right lane.
It was a good thing that the Nissan Pathfinder that we got from the rental car company had a proximity assist braking system, which made the car brake even before I applied the brake.
Otherwise, I probably could have clipped the guy that was cutting us off.
Other than that, there was the usual cruising on the I-5 except for those congestion spots where drivers inconsiderately clog the passing (or fast) lane with no intention of vacating that lane.
I’ve noticed this behavior quite a bit in both Oregon and California on this trip, and even on the I-15 stretch up to Vegas.
I assume that this must be a California driver thing, where there are always drivers who don’t understand that you’re only supposed to use the passing lane to pass slower vehicles while always keeping to the right lane.
Unless CHP enforces this road rule (maybe with cameras like they do in Europe), I don’t think this will ever be solved, and it will be a recipe for more road raging and forcing people to pass on the right.
In any case, we eventually got to Glendale at 1:20pm, which was actually making pretty good time.
We stopped over at the same parking structure where we would order Raffi’s, but this time, we opted to order King Taco for something a bit more affordable and less hassle.
When we were finally done with our filling Mexican lunch, it was 2:15pm, but now we had to face serious rush hour traffic on the I-5, where we actually took the I-710 to the I-105 before we were home free again.
Overall, it wasn’t until 3:40pm when we finally got home, and upon hearing that the upcoming holiday weekend is being heavily enforced by CHP, maybe it was a good thing that we got home when we did.
Indeed, by not sticking around the Bay Area through July 3 for Julie’s cousin’s wedding, we were pretty much able to now attend to other matters at home, where time is of the essence.
I typically don’t look forward to getting back to life and reality, but I’d always rather have this feeling than not making memories of a lifetime by not going on these kinds of trips in the first place.
So I take the good with the bad, like all things in life; defeated purposes (i.e. the wedding) or not…