On December 20, 2002 I left work in the afternoon and headed for an overnight stop in Medford. Here I found that I-5 was closed. The next day I backtracked north to Grants Pass, headed west on Highway 199, south on Hightway 101 and then back east on Highway 20 to finally continue south on I-5. After a long day of driving, I stayed overnight near Stockton. The next day I drove to my hotel near the Grand Canyon National Park.