U2360USA Days 23 & 24 – Seattle to Oakland

Over 800 miles and 2 days later, we’re in Oakland, California. I’ll be in California for the next 13 days and am really looking forward to my time here! We left Seattle just before 1pm yesterday and arrived in Eugene, Oregon just before 6pm. It was the first day I drove to another city the day after a U2 show, and I was exhausted. It was also the first time I drove and it didn’t rain. And it was the first backtrack of my trip. I drove north on route 5 from Reno to Portland, and the past 2 days I drove south on route 5 from Seattle to Oakland.

Today is Cilla’s 4th birthday, and she spent it in the back of my car. She is relaxing in our Oakland hotel now though, as is Elvis. We left Eugene just before 9am and arrived in Oakland just after 6pm, stopping 3 times along the way. I was in such a good mood on the drive today. I’m not sure if it was a good night’s sleep or the memory of Larry’s smile walking toward me at the end of the Seattle show that kept me happily on my way today. Even the guy at the California inspection was in a good mood. He was a U2 fan. He said the U2 trucks came through a few days ago on their way to Oakland.

Cilla’s 4th Birthday 6.6.11

Please watch my video of our drive from Seattle to Oakland (uploading now)

In addition to this being my U2 360 tour, this is also my tuna and pizza tour. I had the best tuna melt I’ve ever had at the Hotel VQ in Denver, had an ok tuna melt at Carrow’s in Reno, and a great tuna salad sandwich at Pike Place Market in Seattle. In addition, I’ve had tuna subs from various Subways along the way. I had a yummy pizza in Kansas City my first night on the road. I had pizza from the hotel restaurants at the Ramada Reno, Vintage Plaza Portland, and Monaco Seattle. The best of these was the margherita pizza in Portland. I also had domino’s pizza in Eugene last night because I was too tired to look for anything else.

Less than 24 hours until U2 360 in Oakland. Please say Hi if you see me at a show – would love to meet you!

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About Deena 'On the Road with U2' Dietrich (327 Articles)
My name is Deena Dietrich. I live in Ellicott City, Maryland with my 2 dogs Elvis and Cilla. I am making my way as a Social Media Manager, Blogger and now Author. I have written my U2 memoir 'On the Road with U2: my musical journey' (available on amazon) about the 75 (now 90 and soon to be 100) U2 shows I have been to ZooTv to 360 and the places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met along the way. My motto is “It is better to regret something you have done, than something you haven’t.” So follow me on my journey as I pursue my passions in music and sports: U2, Broncos, Elvis, Grizzlies, LMP, Orioles, NKOTB. Please connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ or you can email me at deenadietrich@gmail.com.

1 Comment on U2360USA Days 23 & 24 – Seattle to Oakland

  1. Heidi Erickson // June 7, 2011 at 7:49 pm // Reply

    Deena,
    I don’t know if you remember me or not, but I saw/met you at both the Denver show and the Salt Lake show. I am jealous that you get to the see the rest of the North American shows. If all goes well, next week I will be at the Friday show in Anaheim; but I will be clear up in the nosebleeds. But that is OK, at least I will be there. I would love to get some copies of some of your concert pictures if you are into that sort of thing. Please let me know that you get this message.
    Thanks
    Heidi Erickson, lover of the U2 🙂

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