Day 11 (April 11, 2021 – Los Angeles, California): “An Efficient Journey Home”
It was about 4:30am when I awoke to the alarm though I was rather groggy and actually went back to sleep for another 30 minutes before getting up for good.
I then spent the next several minutes getting ready for the day as well as self-preparing a kefir with fruit breakfast, and bringing up the dolly.
At around 5:30am, that was when Julie finally got up.
I pressed us for the early start because we had a long drive ahead of us to go home.
However, the longer we wait, the more cars would be on the road, and thus the more congestion there would be.
While we’d like to think that a one-hour delay would result in being at the destination an hour late, the reality is that delays happen exponentially as the flow of traffic gets congested.
Indeed, an hour delay now would probably mean at least 90 minutes of delay at the destination, and it could easily blow up into two- or three-hour delays depending on things like accidents, rush hour, jerks hogging up the passing lanes, etc.
And so after doing our business, we eventually loaded up the car and left the Residence Inn in downtown Sacramento at 6:45am.
From there, it was pretty smooth sailing as the Garmin DriveSmart actually had us take the 99 south towards Stockton and then continuing on the 99 all the way south to Bakersfield.
Something about that didn’t sound right so when we got to Stockton, we made one last fill-up of the gas tank, and then we drove west on the 4 before joining up with the I-5 south.
From there, we went on a single tank, and the drive was ultimately pretty smooth for the most part.
As what was now becoming customary on long road trips like this, we decided to make one foodie stop once we were back in LA.
In a small way, we were hoping to make amends for the disappointing pizza dinner last night.
Ultimately, we made good time filling up the tank at Stockton, then taking the I-5 south (instead of the 99) all the way to Glendale.
We showed up at Raffi’s at 11:50am, and we wasted no time getting our take out order, but then we made use of the outdoor seating in the alleyway for general use, and surprisingly not many people were using them at the time.
So we immediately had our Armenian lunch, and then took the rest as leftovers, but we also learned that there was a King Taco in this same alleyway, and that gave us ideas that perhaps next time, we’ll order from there on the way home.
By about 12:40pm, we were back in the car, and aside from some congestion on the I-5, we eventually made it home at 1:30pm, where we then had a lot to do in terms of unloading the rental car, getting files moved onto my computer, etc., because we’re going to be without electricity tomorrow as the solar panel installation was about to commence…