A 500 mile round trip to Sacramento Left San Jose at 8am to get to Bodie. We were going to take 120 after Ed had called and said 108 was closed. Got to where 120 split from 108 and there was a sign that said both 108 and 120 where closed. The weather was sunny so we decided to continue up 120 thinking the road would open later in the day.
The closer we got to Yosemite the darker it became, Got to 20 miles from the entrance to Yosemite and heavy rain started. We had been calling the Caltrans road number and listening to the am station. Both said the roads were closed but nothing else. Stopped at a fire station to see if they and any road info. The nice lady there called up the weather report on the computer. It was only going to get worse.
Headed back down the mountain to Sonora. Stopped at a Caltrans maintance station. Went inside to ask about the roads. The guys said 108 and 120 were all locked up and they didn’t know when they were going to be reopened. I then decided to drive up to Jackson after lunch.
Stop in Sonora for lunch. I didn’t notice that this was where I needed to turn to reach Jackson. I got back on the highway and headed out. Around the town of Twain Hart I figured out I was going the wrong way. Stopped at a hardware store for directions. Back to Sonora. Made the right turn and headed toward Jackson. Do to very heavy traffic it took 2 hours to reach Jackson.
It was now 2:30 and we had been driving for 6 hours. The skies were dark and it didn’t look like it was going to get better. A look at the map and saw that we were an hour from my friends house in Sacramento. I called him and he was up for an early dinner.
Drove to Sacramento and had dinner with his family. After dinner decided to drive back to San Jose.
13 hours and 500 miles later we were back where we started.