Today we actually set the alarm so we could get home around 6pm and have time to do laundry and get ready to go back to work. We made it downstairs for the free breakfast, but Daniel was grossed out by all the little kids running around, so I enjoyed a waffle which I took back to the room to eat.
We hit the I-5 and set the cruise control on 80 and headed home. We missed the Del Taco that Daniel wanted to stop at just south of Redding, so when we got to Sacramento, we stopped in Natomas for lunch so Daniel could get his fix. We then stopped for a quick photo at the State Capitol. I wanted to show Daniel the California State Railroad Museum, but Old Sacramento was packed with Memorial Day celebrants, so we decided just to get back on the freeway and head home.
I’ve driven the stretch between Sacramento and Los Angeles numerous times, so there was nothing of interest to note in the final segment of the trip until we reached the Grapevine. I noticed when we were merging into CA-99 traffic, that it was practically at a standstill! One overhead sign warned us of construction in Lebec and to expect stop-and-go traffic. It took us 90 minutes to go 15 miles. Not the way I wanted to end a great and awesome road trip, but it did make me appreciate the far north even more. After the traffic jam, it was smooth sailing back home and we were only 90 minutes late from our target time we wanted to arrive.
Such a crazy idea and road trip, but I was glad to get out of town and visit one county that I had not visited. Looks like I will be in Paradise in July which is only 178 miles to the Modoc County Line. It might take me 7 hours round trip, but it might just be worth it to get my last California county!!