October 24th, 2010

Kreegah Bundalo

Home Again

I could have gotten up early and been on the road by 7 AM this morning, but instead, I "slept in" until just after 7 and took my time about getting moving. I got my money's worth out of the suite (upgrade-fu strikes again; I'm going to be sorry when my Platinum status wears off, probably at the end of next year unless Menlo sends me off on another long trip) by using the exercise room after breakfast and then going and sitting in the hot tub after the exercise. Consequently, I didn't get moving until close to 11 AM.

There was a method to my madness. I'd checked the weather radar, and as far as I could see, if I'd left earlier, I would have driven straight into the teeth of the storm that moved across northern California last night and this morning. By lazing around for a few hours, I only caught the trailing edge of it. Coming up over the Cascades, I only had to deal with moderate to heavy rain. Stopping at Redding as I normally do to refuel and to have coffee can check messages at Starbucks, I found that there was a band of no rain stretching from Redding to Vacaville, with rain on both sides of it. I called my mother and said I wouldn't be swinging over to Sutter this trip (having come through on the northbound leg three weeks ago), and instead I set a fairly direct course Fremont-ward.

It's not easy for me to stick to the road, though. I generally have to stop every 60 to 120 minutes. I made a virtue of this by checking Safeway stores along the way for Glucerna cereal. The good news is that I found a couple of places with the stuff on half-price sale. The bad news is that this appears to be because they're discontinuing it and were clearing the stock; other stores didn't even have shelf tags for it. That's too bad. I hope the cereal (which I've found to be effective as part of my diabetes treatment plan) isn't being discontinued entirely and that I can find another store selling it. I'd hate to have to go mail ordering grocery items!

Anyway, I arrived back in Fremont just after 8 PM. Just as I was finishing unloading the van, the rain restarted. I felt pleased with myself. Once I get my room sufficiently aired out to sleep, I'm planning on getting some rest.