Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

Stage 13: Hawthorne to Fernley -- Home at Last!

Having slept for at least ten hours at Hawthorne, Lisa and I were feeling almost alive when we left this morning for the final leg home to Fernley, one day later than originally scheduled. We've learned that it's probably unwise to try and drive the 425 miles between Fernley and Las Vegas in one day, and that stopping in Tonopah both directions would be more prudent. Maybe when I was in my early twenties, when I made monster road trips like that, but not anymore.

After having breakfast at the El Capitan Casino in Hawthorne, we set off on the final lap. North of Hawthorne, we decided to take the alternative route home, literally: we turned off US-95 onto Alt-95 to take us via Yerrington, the county seat of Lyon Country. Lisa had been there once, but I've never had cause to go there. We stopped briefly at a grocery store there for a bathroom break and to get something to drink, then pushed home.

Shortly after Noon, we pulled up to our front doorstep. When I ran the numbers on the trip, I was surprised to see that, despite taking very different routes back than out, the distances traveled were almost identical:

Out: 1,852 miles
Back: 1,859 miles
Total: 3,711 miles

The van ran pretty well the whole trip. There was one day where I was concerned that the air conditioning was failing, but that proved to be because it was already a hot day and because in city driving it's not really possible to keep the compressor running full-tilt all the time, so it can't cool things down sufficiently.

We unpacked the car. Many things are likely to stay piled up for a few days until we can find the energy to finish putting them away. I checked in the with Day Jobbe and getting back to work on things, and will spend the rest of the week getting back up to speed, I hope, before heading back to the Bay Area for two weeks in the office there.

I'm tired. Lisa is more tired. She says that travelswithkuma is tired, too. Nothing like a long trip to make you appreciate your home.
Tags: kuma bear, lisa, travel, van, worldcon

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