Yep, 1,600 of them there and back. Friday morning, at about 7:30am. we hit Interstate 80 from Salt Lake City, UT to the Bay Area in California. Roughly 11 hours go by in slow motion as the same landscape seemingly passes by repeatedly. That’s Nevada. The travel was smooth and easy. Weather was good, traffic and roadwork was minimal. The highlight of the travel? McDonald’s McChicken! Most places to the north and to the west are blessed by market research saying you enjoy the plain McChicken while the folks in Utah all must prefer the Hot n’ Spicy McChicken. One word: EWWW! Two more words: No, thanks.
We went to Palo Alto to Rachel’s Aunt Karen’s place. We were to load in the minivan a somewhat large amount of storage stuff that Pete recently cleared out of their storage unit. We arrived in Union City around 8pm and had dinner at Chevy’s Fresh Mex. When we moved to Utah, they had just closed the only Chevy’s in Utah. That aside, we grabbed a crummy motel in Hayward, slept, woke up and headed to Palo Alto. Crossing the Dumbarton Bridge was nice as the fog hadn’t yet lifted off the Bay. We pulled in to the driveway and pushed open the wooden gate. We were expecting mountains of stuff. You see, earlier, we got a description of the pile from Pete and some accompanying low-res pictures. We were considering renting a U-Haul trailer or just a full-size pickup truck. We decided to buy two roof-top travel packs that we could use for extra capacity and just take the van.
Pushing the gate opening and bracing ourselves, we found just a few boxes and some various items. We had to sort through and consolidate a bit but we ended up fitting most everything without the roof-top bags. It wasn’t nearly as bad as we had feared. Aunt Karen provided a good lunch of Lasagna and a green Salad. We finished up the packing and chilled out in front of the tube for the rest of the day. We were treated to a delicious meal of Curry, rice, chicken and tri-tip.
We then went and visited some relatives in Livermore, we then had ice cream at a local Cold Stone Creamery. We slept, woke up at 6am and let out towards home.
We returned home without hitting some restaurants we aimed to visit.
We got into town at around 8pm and ate a quick meal at Taco Bell, returned home and unloaded the van and went to bed.