March 12, 2005

Only In LA

The other day I found myself in West Hollywood trying to come home in the middle of rush hour. It takes about an hour to get to Weho from Anaheim when the traffic is moderate. Without traffic it took us (correct me if I'm wrong Kevin) about 35-40 minutes. So mile-wise, it's not far.

The first thing you should know is that Southern Californians refer to freeways as "THE [freeway]" (this is not the case in No. CA like San Jose).

Our house is located in between the 5 and the 91. Personally I prefer the 91 because I like the East Street exit the best, however you can also take the Lincoln exit or the Harbor Blvd. exit (the one right next to Disneyland) from the 5 to reach our house.

So the way to Weho is going straight up the 5, joining the 10 for a few short miles, then getting off. The problem is that in the Norwalk area, the 5 is only 3 lanes wide, so it gets really crowded and is a big pain in the butt.

So here I am in Weho sitting on the 10 in traffic thinking about how long I'm going to wait on the 5. Last time it took me 2 and a half hours to get home. So this time I decided to be creative, and I did something you can only do in Los Angeles. I took a little detour.

Rather than taking the 5, I took the 10 to the 710 South to shortly hook up with the 105 East. Followed the 105 until it ended at the 605, at which point I hopped on the 605 South to meet up with the 91. The advantage of all of these freeways is that they are all a minimum of 4 lanes wide (some 5 or 6 lanes wide). By taking 4 freeways instead of 1, I shaved a half hour off of my time. Go me!

Posted by Shelby at March 12, 2005 02:02 PM

I feel your frustration.

Yesterday, Corie and I were returning from Indian Wells (near Palm Springs) and we got stuck on the 60 Eastbound Freeway in Moreno Valley of all places. There were only two lanes for a gazillion cars.

Posted by: Katrina at March 13, 2005 07:49 AM
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