Morning came extra early on December 30. We were up by 2:00 a.m., at the airport by 4:00 and in the air before 6:00 with the lights of Austin glowing beneath us.
Three and one-half hours later, we raced the sun into Los Angeles and over one of its infamous freeways (almost deserted on a Sunday morning).
After just over 5 1/2 hours, we touched down and were met by Jimmy Joe. We made it to Jimmy and Nine's apartment just in time to wish them a very Happy New Year!