Yes. Friday was a Record Breaking Day. The traffic in the Seattle area was the WORST I've ever been in, and it took me the LONGEST to get through as it ever has. (not a fun record to break)
We moved North from Puyallup 12 years ago. We've made the trip back and forth probably hundreds of times. When we drive mid-day (avoiding rush hour), it usually takes us 2 1/2 hours to go the 150 miles. The longest it has ever taken was 4 hours. However, on Friday it took me 4 1/2 hours. Ugh!
For those of you who know the area ... Hwy. #405 usually takes about 30 minutes to go 28 miles. It took 1 1/2 hours on Friday. Then, Hwy. #167 should take about 30 minutes to go 24 miles. It took another 1 1/2 hours.
I met Gregg & Kayla for coffee in Puyallup ... and visited for 1 1/2 hours, trying to avoid getting back onto the ugly freeways. I left Puyallup at 6:00 for the 1 hour (55 mile) drive to Centralia ... which then took me 2 hours. Seriously.
Funniest thing about the day ...
I was so nervous about getting into a fender bender in the crazy traffic. I've never been in one. I never worry about it. But, this time, I was driving a car that I am selling. I could not imagine anything happening to the car, on my way to sell it. So ... I was probably the nicest driver on the road that day.
"Anyone want to change lanes? Oh yes. I'll slow down and let you in. I'm in no rush. I really don't mind driving 8 hours for what should take 4. No problem. Just stay away from my car."
I was, seriously, so mellow. All I wanted was to make sure my car stayed nice, clean, and without dents ... which it did.
After the extraordinarily long drive, my 30-year-friend Debbie served me dinner when I finally arrived. Then, we had a 3 hour visit.