I have this friend that I go visit every couple of months. He lives in Eugene, Oregon. I joke that I travel the world record for a booty call lol. I don't mind the drive because it's highway driving, and the I-5 is such a nice highway (although Washingtonians are getting bad at driving in the left lane. It's the passing lane please!!)

This is what I drove yesterday. No big deal – it usually takes me about 6.5 hours. However, yesterday it took me 10 hours, because this portion:

… took me about four hours. It was stop and go. I moved 20 km in one hour (12.5 miles for my US friends) heading into Tacoma. I couldn't figure out why, either. There were no accidents (that I saw), and no road work. Is that just what summer traffic is like through there? Any PNW people know what was going on?

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  1. housedog says:

    Summer traffic is murderous around here, especially this year. And I’m convinced there’s some kind of Instantaneous Mass Jello Brain Phenomenon between Everett and Olympia–it’s like the minute anyone hits that section of I-5, half their rational brains shut down and they can barely remember how to drive. The only cure is to hit north of Marysville or south halfway to Centralia. I blame the fact that I can’t drive I-5 south of Smokey Point on this phenomenon–I fall asleep in the car faster than a baby and I’m pretty sure it’s not sleep, it’s actually a Jello Brain Coma.

    • Erin says:

      Ohhhh Jello Brain! That totally makes sense!

      I may try doing some sort of detour next time, like the 405 to the 167 to the 507. It seems so far out of the way but if the traffic is moving on those routes it’s gotta be better than sitting practically at a standstill on the I-5.

    • Erin says:

      Ohhhh Jello Brain! That totally makes sense!

      I may try doing some sort of detour next time, like the 405 to the 167 to the 507. It seems so far out of the way but if the traffic is moving on those routes it’s gotta be better than sitting practically at a standstill on the I-5.

    • Erin says:

      Ohhhh Jello Brain! That totally makes sense!

      I may try doing some sort of detour next time, like the 405 to the 167 to the 507. It seems so far out of the way but if the traffic is moving on those routes it’s gotta be better than sitting practically at a standstill on the I-5.

    • Erin says:

      Ohhhh Jello Brain! That totally makes sense!

      I may try doing some sort of detour next time, like the 405 to the 167 to the 507. It seems so far out of the way but if the traffic is moving on those routes it’s gotta be better than sitting practically at a standstill on the I-5.

    • Erin says:

      Ohhhh Jello Brain! That totally makes sense!

      I may try doing some sort of detour next time, like the 405 to the 167 to the 507. It seems so far out of the way but if the traffic is moving on those routes it’s gotta be better than sitting practically at a standstill on the I-5.

    • Erin says:

      Ohhhh Jello Brain! That totally makes sense!

      I may try doing some sort of detour next time, like the 405 to the 167 to the 507. It seems so far out of the way but if the traffic is moving on those routes it’s gotta be better than sitting practically at a standstill on the I-5.

    • Erin says:

      Ohhhh Jello Brain! That totally makes sense!

      I may try doing some sort of detour next time, like the 405 to the 167 to the 507. It seems so far out of the way but if the traffic is moving on those routes it’s gotta be better than sitting practically at a standstill on the I-5.

    • Erin says:

      Ohhhh Jello Brain! That totally makes sense!

      I may try doing some sort of detour next time, like the 405 to the 167 to the 507. It seems so far out of the way but if the traffic is moving on those routes it’s gotta be better than sitting practically at a standstill on the I-5.

    • Erin says:

      Ohhhh Jello Brain! That totally makes sense!

      I may try doing some sort of detour next time, like the 405 to the 167 to the 507. It seems so far out of the way but if the traffic is moving on those routes it’s gotta be better than sitting practically at a standstill on the I-5.

  2. housedog says:

    Summer traffic is murderous around here, especially this year. And I’m convinced there’s some kind of Instantaneous Mass Jello Brain Phenomenon between Everett and Olympia–it’s like the minute anyone hits that section of I-5, half their rational brains shut down and they can barely remember how to drive. The only cure is to hit north of Marysville or south halfway to Centralia. I blame the fact that I can’t drive I-5 south of Smokey Point on this phenomenon–I fall asleep in the car faster than a baby and I’m pretty sure it’s not sleep, it’s actually a Jello Brain Coma.

  3. housedog says:

    Summer traffic is murderous around here, especially this year. And I’m convinced there’s some kind of Instantaneous Mass Jello Brain Phenomenon between Everett and Olympia–it’s like the minute anyone hits that section of I-5, half their rational brains shut down and they can barely remember how to drive. The only cure is to hit north of Marysville or south halfway to Centralia. I blame the fact that I can’t drive I-5 south of Smokey Point on this phenomenon–I fall asleep in the car faster than a baby and I’m pretty sure it’s not sleep, it’s actually a Jello Brain Coma.

  4. housedog says:

    Summer traffic is murderous around here, especially this year. And I’m convinced there’s some kind of Instantaneous Mass Jello Brain Phenomenon between Everett and Olympia–it’s like the minute anyone hits that section of I-5, half their rational brains shut down and they can barely remember how to drive. The only cure is to hit north of Marysville or south halfway to Centralia. I blame the fact that I can’t drive I-5 south of Smokey Point on this phenomenon–I fall asleep in the car faster than a baby and I’m pretty sure it’s not sleep, it’s actually a Jello Brain Coma.

  5. housedog says:

    Summer traffic is murderous around here, especially this year. And I’m convinced there’s some kind of Instantaneous Mass Jello Brain Phenomenon between Everett and Olympia–it’s like the minute anyone hits that section of I-5, half their rational brains shut down and they can barely remember how to drive. The only cure is to hit north of Marysville or south halfway to Centralia. I blame the fact that I can’t drive I-5 south of Smokey Point on this phenomenon–I fall asleep in the car faster than a baby and I’m pretty sure it’s not sleep, it’s actually a Jello Brain Coma.

  6. housedog says:

    Summer traffic is murderous around here, especially this year. And I’m convinced there’s some kind of Instantaneous Mass Jello Brain Phenomenon between Everett and Olympia–it’s like the minute anyone hits that section of I-5, half their rational brains shut down and they can barely remember how to drive. The only cure is to hit north of Marysville or south halfway to Centralia. I blame the fact that I can’t drive I-5 south of Smokey Point on this phenomenon–I fall asleep in the car faster than a baby and I’m pretty sure it’s not sleep, it’s actually a Jello Brain Coma.

  7. housedog says:

    Summer traffic is murderous around here, especially this year. And I’m convinced there’s some kind of Instantaneous Mass Jello Brain Phenomenon between Everett and Olympia–it’s like the minute anyone hits that section of I-5, half their rational brains shut down and they can barely remember how to drive. The only cure is to hit north of Marysville or south halfway to Centralia. I blame the fact that I can’t drive I-5 south of Smokey Point on this phenomenon–I fall asleep in the car faster than a baby and I’m pretty sure it’s not sleep, it’s actually a Jello Brain Coma.

  8. housedog says:

    Summer traffic is murderous around here, especially this year. And I’m convinced there’s some kind of Instantaneous Mass Jello Brain Phenomenon between Everett and Olympia–it’s like the minute anyone hits that section of I-5, half their rational brains shut down and they can barely remember how to drive. The only cure is to hit north of Marysville or south halfway to Centralia. I blame the fact that I can’t drive I-5 south of Smokey Point on this phenomenon–I fall asleep in the car faster than a baby and I’m pretty sure it’s not sleep, it’s actually a Jello Brain Coma.

  9. housedog says:

    Summer traffic is murderous around here, especially this year. And I’m convinced there’s some kind of Instantaneous Mass Jello Brain Phenomenon between Everett and Olympia–it’s like the minute anyone hits that section of I-5, half their rational brains shut down and they can barely remember how to drive. The only cure is to hit north of Marysville or south halfway to Centralia. I blame the fact that I can’t drive I-5 south of Smokey Point on this phenomenon–I fall asleep in the car faster than a baby and I’m pretty sure it’s not sleep, it’s actually a Jello Brain Coma.

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