Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

Minivan Secured

This morning I was up before dawn getting ready to hit the road. I had a full night's sleep, but Lisa had slept badly. While I hauled the last of my things out to the Rolling Stone, she cleaned frost from the windows, as it was well below freezing last night in Fernley. One nice thing about being up that early was being able to see the crescent moon in the sky with Venus/Mars/Jupiter.

Just as the sun was rising over Fernley, we saddled up and left for the Bay Area. We stopped in Truckee for breakfast at the Wagon Train Cafe where we've eaten before. The place was jammed when we arrived, but mostly cleared out by the time we were ordering, probably because their "early bird" specials had ended just before we arrived.

In an attempt to get some rest for the drive home, Lisa laid down in the back of the RV and dozed on and off between Truckee and Sacramento. I stopped briefly in Colfax for coffee for me, and in Sacramento to check on my sister. (She was deep asleep and I didn't want to disturb her, so I left word that I'd been by and would visit again on my next trip through.)

We pressed on to Lodi Junction and refueled. As luck would have it, Cory, my mechanic, called just after we'd refueled but before we'd set off again, to confirm that the minivan was ready for pickup. He offered to leave the keys in the van and lock it up, and I could come pay him later when I had a chance. He knows I'm good for it. (Yet another reason to keep coming back to such a good mechanic.)

A couple of hours later, we were in Fremont, and Lisa used her keys to get the minivan. We got the minivan refueled and then we went to an early dinner before I pointed Lisa back in the direction of home and she set off for the return trip. She still had at least six hours of driving ahead of her as the sun set over Fremont.

I expect that Lisa will get home safely enough to night and will batten down the hatches for the storm expected to hit the Bay Area around midnight tonight and the Sierra Nevada a few hours later. I'm here in the Bay Area a day early, but I'll go into the office tomorrow. With luck, I'll get far enough ahead on projects due this week that I won't have any pressure on me on Friday when I have a long medical appointment that will take me offline from Noon.
Tags: lisa, minivan, rolling stone, weather

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