I was pretty excited when Chris told me he was heading back from California. This was at noon Tuesday, so I figured he'd be home in about 2 days. I realized I was totally wrong, however, when he called at 7:30 last night to tell me that they'd gotten as far as Santa Clarita (just north of Los Angeles) before stopping for the night.
Santa Clarita is a mere 155 miles from San Diego. They drove to Santa Clarita at 22 MPH?
The trip back seems to have been complicated by the following factors:
- FEMA (or something like that) requires that they stop for a break every 2 hours. So they pull off, get gas, get coffee... in all their little stops probably cost them about 30 min. every time.
- The other rigs in this caravan want to take their sweet time getting back.
I think they left Santa Clarita at about 7 this morning. If they drive until 7:30 tonight and limit their manadatory stops to 30 min., they should be able to get to Redding tonight. Which will put them to Seattle late Thursday if they drive like hell. Then he has to take the rig back to Vashon and clean it before he can home.
He's going to be SO cranky when he gets back...