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And then afterwards

Almost instantly, we got lost again. Correction: You are "lost" if you have to stop, and look around for street names to figure out where you are. We were not "lost", we were just unsure which direction we needed to be heading in order to find the freeway onramp. Once I remembered Walt's car had a compass heading readout in the rear-view mirror, we headed back in the right direction and found an onramp for I-5 south.

The rest of the drive was uneventful, except that exit 15 on I-90 West was blocked off, with serious road works happening. Looked like they were stripping the road surface. This was about where the fire was yesterday, I guess there was some repair work to do.