Taking the Long Way Home

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.

Waze app, bad traffic, marathon commute, altamontHorrible Commute, Altamont Accidents

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?

Challenge Accepted!!

Clayton Canyon, Mount Diablo, bad commuteI 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.

Long Way Home, Scenic Route, Bad Commute, Long CutThe blue route above is my regular route home. Tonight I took the red route. Look how much longer it is!

By the time I left the book store the estimated commute was almost three hours on my regular route.

Scenic Route, Long Commute, Long Cut, Canyons, Windy RoadThe road was narrow and windy for much of the way, but there was very little traffic. I did have to go much slower through the canyons, but in the long run it was much faster.

Byron Highway, Long Commute, Horrid Commute, Commute Bypass, Altamont WreckI 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 🙂

Steven

 

 

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