First - I did not get a Friday Five up; just too busy. Will resume this upcoming Friday.
In the mean time, Karin and I did make it successfully back to San Diego (although I am in Houston as I type this). The trip was fairly straight forward.
Day one got us to Fort Stockton, which was where we stopped on our way out. Or at least, that's where we wanted to stop. When we got there, we couldn't find any vacancy - apparently there was some sort of convention/festival/something there. Anyway, we trekked on to Van Horn, TX - about 120mi past Fort Stockton. Granted, we were rather miserable while doing the extra 120, but it turned out to be a blessing as it made the rest of the trip that much easier.
Day two got us to Gila Bend, AZ, also where we stopped on the way out. We had done the Best Western previously, but remembered that it was next to a very busy set of railroad tracks, so we decided to try elsewhere. The only national chain that we recognized was the Travelodge. Now, all we really wanted was a clean room to crash in. That was too much to ask for, apparently. The room itself was very run down, and the towels were badly stained. We quickly informed the front desk we weren't going to stay there (to no objection from the front desk - they must be used to this) and ran back to the Best Western.
We were back in San Diego by 1p. I was in my chair by 1:15p.
Again, thanks to everyone for your support. This has certainly been an adventure. We will continue to keep everyone up to date here (as well as my normal nonsense.)