The game-plan was now to drive to LA and grab some Japanese food but all good plans soon became unstuck when a torrential downpour hit us and we had to slow from the 80-90 mph down to 50 and 60 mph. Soon the road in front was a sea of red brake lights and we found ourselves in a stop-start drive for ages, time ticking away and Japanese now looking highly unlikely. Stuck on the freeway with 50 miles to go and the "distance to empty" displaying 65 miles, this will be close.
On the smell of an oily rag left in the tank, we found a servo 2 miles from our Hertz drop off point - phew...
Car dropped off, shuttle to Virgin Australia and some concern as the loadings were very high and being on staff standby there was a possibility we would be dumped.
We would find out our fate during the boarding process, so in the mean time we headed to the Premier Lounge courtesy of my Black MasterCard and enjoyed the sushi, chicken wraps and nachos and of course a drink or three.
Waiting during the boarding process we were advised the good and not so good news. Yes we were on but one boarding pass was for Business and the other in Premium Economy.
I'm proud of Leon, he's a generous individual with a good moral compass. He gave up his pointy end seat, coincidentally 2G again, to ensure I had a great flight back home while he sat in less than ideal seating as a 6' 4" in Premium Economy.
So the final chapter of this adventure is all but complete with now only several hours before touch-down.
Iceland, Northern Lights, R8 racing around the track, .50 cal, Corvette, Death Valley and Vegas - this was a most wonderful and memorable experience shared with my son Leon.
That's all folks!!!