So, we have arrived safely in California. Made it from Vancouver to Sunnyvale in about 21 1/5 hours, including stops.
It rained from Vancouver right up until just before California. For the most part it was ok, no driving gales or anything. Made things a little interesting, I guess :)
We started off getting some munchies in Bellingham, since we couldn’t cross w/ fruits or veggies. Made it fairly far without a stop. Ianiv & I took turns driving, although overall his times driving were much longer than mine. At first, I was not remotely tired enough to nap, so I blogged. A lot. And we converted my laptop thereafter into our mp3 player… yeah, we have no ipod, can you believe it? We have a funny shot of the laptop I’ll share later.
So, the trip was great. I amused myself early on driving when I noticed I was following the same white truck for a long time. I think he had cruise control, so it was a nice check to my own speed – I wanted to be just a little over, but not under. So, after I noticed I was sticking to the truck, I decided to see how far I could play that out. Almost 2 hours, in fact! When he passed, I passed. But not always right away. I wanted to make it look casual ;) Anyway, it kept me amused.
It got dark early, around 5pm. Probably worse because of the cloud cover. So, we were driving in near complete darkness for 13 hours or so, probably missing some nice vistas here and there. OMG so boring. And for hours at a time, I wouldn’t see a car in front of me, nor one behind. That was the worst part. Absolutely nothing to look at. I cannot believe how few trucks were on the road too. I expected so many more.
Overall, it wasn’t the lack of sleep that did us in, it was the boredom of a completely empty highway going on and on – dark, so we didn’t see anything interesting. We started trading off more at this point, drinking power drinks, trying unsuccessfully to nap. We were good up until about 2 hours before San Francisco, where we had to pull off to get outside and wake up. Then we hit rush hour! Arg! It took us an extra hour to navigate around and into Sunnyvale.
Right when we got here I was totally not tired. We’re staying with friends, so luckily we can come and go as we please. Went out for lunch and that was about it – the food made us tired again so we came to nap. And that’s about it. It took me an hour to read my email and post all the stuff I’ve written, and now I’m ready for another nap ;)
We’ll head further south in a day or two to Universal Studios or something, then Disneyland starting on Thursday.