Getting out of the Bay Area, even leaving as early as I did, was like pulling teeth, with multiple slow zones clear to Vacaville. And both major routes (I-880/I-80 versus I-680) were both showing just as bad. But about 2:30 or so I finally got to Vacaville and stopped for lunch. Now I've stopped for a few minutes in Williams to check my e-mail at an coffee shop with free internet. Which for a few minutes wouldn't connect, but eventually their service came back up.
Next stop: Yreka. Maybe the promised internet service will work there, maybe it won't.