This evening as I left work I checked my traffic app to see how long the commute home would be.
There were several wrecks along the route that had things really backed up. There are only a few alternatives to the Altamont so I knew it was only going to get worse.
This is definitely not what you want to see. The estimate was 2 hours and 19 minutes. I decided that it was time to go to the bookstore and then see if traffic had died down. When I arrived at the bookstore I took a look at the routes again and all the alternates were also packed.
I checked again after spending about a half hour at the book store and the times were even worse.
I knew that I didn’t want to spend more than two hours in standstill or stop-and-go traffic so decided to think how I could beat the traffic.
Could I cut significant time off the estimate?
I decided it was time to take the long but scenic way home. I figured that no one would think of going the long way and I would make it home sooner. I knew that there was a route through Clayton Canyon on the north side of Mount Diablo so headed in the opposite direction.
By the time I left the book store the estimated commute was almost three hours on my regular route.
I finally made it to Byron Highway which is a nice straight stretch of road. I had expected that there might be quite a bit of traffic with people heading up Vasco Road and cutting across and then down to Tracy, but again very few people think of this route. It is what I would have done, but just getting to Vasco would have taken more than an hour and a half.
At this point I was less than 10 minutes from home.
So how long did it take me? I am sure that you are all curious.
I was in my car for about an hour and 30 minutes. I cut the estimated time in half by going the long way.
Glad to be home, now to go walk a few miles to relax 🙂