My Marathon Trip Home From Arizona

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"There's no place like home."

Whew. I'm home safe!

After spending several weeks in Arizona it was time to go home.  The only problem was getting there.

The crazy winter all over the country was causing motorists all kinds of problems and I didn't want to be one of them. I know how to drive in bad weather conditions but that doesn't mean I wanted to... and it's all the in-a-hurry crazies on the road that worry me.  I didn't have any red slippers to click together and chant "There's no place like home. There's no place like home." So, I did the next best thing and started watching the Doppler Weather map to schedule my escape.


As the week went by, Saturday looked like my best chance to leave and slip through the storms, based on my planned route through Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and into Washington. I wanted 3 days of decent weather to get home.   I don't generally plan to travel on the weekend for a couple reasons. There tends to be more traffic and hotels are more expensive. But, the conditions looked right so that I made my plans to get on the road.

I didn't really intend to get home in two days but that's exactly what I did.  I left Arizona Saturday morning about 7:45 a.m. and had a marathon driving day, covering 650 miles.  I originally thought I'd stay in Cedar City, Utah the first night but the roads were good and I was feeling good so I decided to keep going while the going was good. I ended up staying in southern Provo, Utah Saturday night, arriving right around dark.

If Saturday was a marathon driving day, Sunday turned into a mega-marathon. I covered 800 miles in 12 hours and arrived home at 6:30 pm. I had several things working in my favor to make this day possible.  I also had one unexpected challenge ahead of me.

1) I got an earlier start than expected from Provo because there was no new precipitation overnight. Therefore, I didn't feel the need to wait for it to warm up. The drive up through Salt Lake City was gorgeous with the sun shining on the Rockies and there was very little traffic since it was a Sunday. I always look for the LDS temple when driving through Salt Lake but I was so enthralled with the scenery, I totally missed it. I was bummed about that.


2) Overall, the roads were better than expected except for one horrible stretch of fog coming down the northwest side of the Blue Mountains in Oregon. This is known as Deadman's Pass (Cabbage Hill). The name alone sounds ominous and should be a warning. Anyway, pretty much everyone had their emergency flashers on because you couldn't see but a few feet in front of you. In all my traveling this is the worst fog I have ever experienced.  I'll write a little more about it in another post. 

3) I picked up an hour coming back into Pacific time. By the time I got to Pendleton (where I thought I might stay), it was too early in the day to stop.  By the time I got to the Tri-Cities I was too close to home (2 1/2 hours) to stop... so I trundled on. I only had to drive in the dark for about 1/2 hour, which was road I was very familiar with. The sunset, reflecting on the snow while I was coming up along the Columbia River near Vantage was awesome. 

My only regret is that I was looking forward to stopping to visit Candice Donofrio and also Wanda Kubat-Nerdin on the trip home. With the weather being so unsettled and another storm moving in, I decided to forge straight through without stopping to see either one of them.  As it turned out, looking back at webcams and listening to weather reports it appears I did the absolute right thing.

All is well at home and I was very glad to sleep in my own bed Sunday night.

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Hi Nina Hollander 
I did spend an insane amount of hours on the road, but I was kept alert by listening to audible books and a constant flow of coffee.   Apparently, bare and dry road conditions in the winter bring out the ninja long haul driver in me. 

Feb 19, 2019 06:00 AM #7
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You are a courageous traveler....I am not a good driver...and David would say a worse passenger !  

Feb 19, 2019 06:01 AM #8
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Good morning,  Carol - it might not be a ruby shoe kind of moment but I am sure it feels good to be back home. Oops:  where's Toto?   He's still in Arizona enjoying  a Margarita with Candice and Luna. Cheers!

Feb 19, 2019 06:08 AM #9
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Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson 
Fortunately, I am a good driver.  I needed all my skills, a couple of audible books and lots of coffee to do that trip in two days.

Feb 19, 2019 06:15 AM #10
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Hi Michael Jacobs 
Toto is the lucky one if he's in Arizona enjoying margaritas with Candice and Luna!  Next time that will be ME! 

Feb 19, 2019 06:16 AM #11
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HI Wayne Martin
Definitely next time for a visit with Candice and Wanda! 

Feb 19, 2019 06:20 AM #12
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Carol you did do the right thing as we're in the low 50's for the high all week in PHX which means snow and rain up north all week. Hey there is one stretch of fog in AZ way up north on the reservation. Scared the heck out of me the first time I encountered it coming back from skiing in CO. Now I know when not to travel through there.   Have a great week at home!

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Hi Carol- I love road trips but mainly when I'm with Larry. Those marathon days are tough on the behind!!! So glad that you checked the weather before you left. 

Feb 19, 2019 10:47 AM #14
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Hi Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 
It was good timing to get out of there when I did. It's nice to be home safe.  Fog can be very nerve-wracking! It was the most tense part of my entire trip. I hear that is not uncommon on that stretch of road.

Feb 19, 2019 11:19 AM #15
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Hi Kathy Streib 
I'm a planner and always watch the forecast before taking a trip.  Now that I am retired and not tied to a hard and fast schedule, there is no reason not to be flexible when traveling.  

Feb 19, 2019 11:21 AM #16
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Glad you are home safe but that marathon driving would have done me in. It is windy and chilly and tonite it will be only 29* and the rest of the week 30's at night.

Feb 19, 2019 11:26 AM #17
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Hi Sharon Lee 
I'm sorry you're not getting better weather this winter.  It's been an unusually cool winter just about everywhere. 

Feb 19, 2019 11:34 AM #18
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800 miles in one day is significant, Carol.  I think the most I have driven was 725, and I was exhausted at the end of it.  I'm glad you made it through the storms, and are home safe.

Feb 19, 2019 12:26 PM #19
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HI Myrl Jeffcoat 
Yes, 800 is a LOT.  Surprisingly, I didn't feel exhausted and even did a little unpacking that evening.  I can tell you I was asleep that night the second my head hit the pillow. 

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Carol,

We both enjoy Salt Lake City both in the winter and summer, and the views are breathtaking.  I do like the the Temple also.  A

Feb 19, 2019 02:06 PM #21
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I haven't done one of those since my college days and that was in days of yore. Glad you made it home safe.

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As an Arizona boy who moved to Utah I know that trip so well. I also know how it can take a turn when the weather whips up. I'm so glad you made it back safely (especially with the number of miles you logged)... also... if you'd like an excuse to stop at certain places to eat give me a shout out.

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Hi Carol Williams - I am so glad you had a safe trip back. This can be a horrific time to travel with winter storms out there and it looks like you dodged them!  But I really don't like fog. Enjoy being home and take a day or two to relax.

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You are officially a snow bird now and I am glad you made it home safe and hopefully sound Carol Williams 

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WOW! What a trip, Carol! And, I find it funny that my comment to your other post, earlier today, was about 'there's no place like home!' 

I am a 5-hour max driver - I did a LOT of road trips with my family growing up and swore I would never do that again when I grew up! LOL 

I'm sure the scenery was amazing though. My trip would have taken twice as long because I would have stopped to snap a picture at every juncture! 

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