So anyway we went down to the garage and found the car, and tom went to the wrong side to try and drive :P but that’s a natural mistake that anyone would make
. We put our stuff in and off we went, the road trip has begun!! Gerry the GPS took a while to start up so we had to drive around the backstreets for a while till he knew where we were and where we were going, but then he figured it out and we were off. After taking a wrong exit (there are so many goddamn exits at the same place!!! Why do that?!) we got to the big bridge that seems to go forever over to Oakland, and guess what. Fire on the bridge! But traffic wasn’t blocked off, no, we just had to go in the left lane because a truck i think (not sure, it was pretty mangled and melted by then, but still very much on fire) had crashed and dropped bits all across the other 3 lanes and had come to a stop right on the barrier and was giving off some good heat and some crazy black smoke while it burned to the ground. So that was fun, our first traffic jam of the day because of a fire on the bridge.
We kept going because our first stop was Walmart so we could buy some food and general camping stuff and the closest Walmart was San Leandro. So Gerry got us there, after a few more missed exits mainly because there were roadworks and it was super confusing to know where to go. We did our shop and had some lunch at the subway inside walmart, which by the way was just like a big W with a little more food. Tom was rather unimpressed.
We got back on the highway, or freeway i think, there were lots of lanes..
. and we got a fair distance till we came to another stand still in traffic. There was a sign earlier that had said accident somewhere but i didn’t see where, but i guess it was this road! And yes, after nearly 45 minutes in traffic we came to the accident, it was a fatal one. The police cars were all stacked together on the side of the road real close and tom said i think theres a body, and as we drove past i turned around and looked (STUPID ME) and there was a body bag on the ground behind all the police cars and DEAD PERSONS FEET sticking out the end. Gah, not what i needed to see. He/she wasn’t wearing shoes either. Gross gross gross.
MMMMMM so we kept driving and the traffic dispersed and we had a free run the rest of the way. We heard on the radio that there had been a fatal accident in the RIGHT HAND LANE on the road we were just on and that there were still traffic hold ups....Dont they leave bodies in cars or where they are found after accidents? And wasn’t this body in the left hand lane? So our thoughts were no seatbelt and they went through the window.
BUT OK. SHH. Gerry got us to exactly where we needed to be, which was suprising because its kind of in the middle of the forest, so good work Gerry. We had booked a campsite a few nights before at Forks Campground, on Bass Lake which is about half an hours drive outside Yosemite’s south entrance, because we didn’t wanna get to the NP and have nowhere to sleep, and forks was available so we booked it. And good choice because its super pretty and nice. And theres a bear in the campground! :O but up the other end away from us so we wont get eaten. So we set up our $27 tent which took like 2 minutes, gathered some wood for a fire and started cooking dinner. We were having pasta! It was pretty tasty. We went to bed pretty early and I wrote all my blogs out in Word because I’ve been falling behind! And as soon as we have internet I’ll post them all at once and you will all go into shock from so much reading. Haha.
What an eventful day today turned out to be. We caught the street car to the BART station and then caught the BART to the airport to the car rental area. When we tried to check in for the car rental the girl told us the she couldn't find the reservation and then figured out it was because we had APPARENTLY reserved it for San Diego. Mmmm No. I don’t think so. With Toms level of paranoia of something going wrong there is no way we could have booked it for San Diego. And the fact that that happened but we were now in San Francisco meant that the booking had to be rebooked and it was going to be more expensive to hire from San Fran! Gah. So the lady rebooked it and we payed more money because we had no other option, but as soon as we can check our emails we will see what the reservation email says, San Diego or San Francisco, and if its the latter we will not be paying extra money because its obviously a computer error and not our fault, so when we return the car we will sort that out good and proper.