TAHOE TRAFFIC: ABC7's Melanie Woodrow reports traveling 13 miles in 7 hours from Lake Tahoe to Bay Area
Reporter Melanie Woodrow traveled by plane and Video Journalist Juan Carlos and Production Assistant Melissa traveled by car.
Melanie says her trip cost roughly $243. That breaks down to a $147.77 flight (which would have been $70ish if she had booked earlier), $65.60 for her ride to the Oakland Airport, and $29.75 for the shuttle to Lake Tahoe.
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Juan Carlos and Melissa spent $30 on gas, $26 on food, $6 for bridge toll, which totals $62.
All three left ABC7 in San Francisco at 6 a.m. Melanie headed to the airport in a taxi and Juan Carlos and Melissa hopped into a car.
So how did it go?
Juan Carlos and Melisa had an easy drive right off the bat.
As they stopped for gas, Melanie was making her way through security in Oakland and arrived at her gate.
In what seemed like no time at all, Juan Carlos and Melissa were on Highway 50.
7:41am - Just got to Highway 50 in Sacramento. Rain drops are gone. 49 miles to Placerville. 107 miles to South Lake Tahoe. pic.twitter.com/YxDvKSkKbg— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) January 11, 2019
Not long after, Melanie's flight took off at 8:26 a.m.
Things seemed to be going smoothly for both teams.
Melanie arrived at the Reno-Tahoe Airport at 8:59 a.m. But then came the long wait for her 10:30 a.m. shuttle to Lake Tahoe.
So while Juan Carlos and Melissa cruised along with no problems, Melanie waited. And waited. And waited.
8:50am - Stopping off for food in Placerville at Cuppa Coffee & More. Excited to try the sweet potato muffin and the veggie frittata. Follow our commute challenge to Tahoe at https://t.co/pbg2dlhxN3 pic.twitter.com/SDT1UWy6QC— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) January 11, 2019
Juan Carlos and Melissa were so confident, they even stopped for a selfie in Silver Fork, getting some incredible views.
Finally, Melanie's shuttle arrived to take her from Reno-Tahoe Airport to South Lake Tahoe.
The 🚎 is here! Brrr it’s cold ❄️ pic.twitter.com/trw810g887— Melanie Woodrow (@MelanieWoodrow) January 11, 2019
She got some pretty sights and listened to some classic rock, hoping she would arrive first.
But Juan Carlos and Melissa were tasting sweet victory, enjoying the ride down to South Shore, minutes away from arriving.
10:28 - At the summit 7,200 feet. Now comes a sweet ride down to south shore.— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) January 11, 2019
Minutes away from victory over @MelanieWoodrow on our Tahoe commute challenge. https://t.co/pbg2dlhxN3 pic.twitter.com/zWBok7IAT8
And they were the winners!
But where was Melanie?
A downed tree put a pause on her trip.
And the victors couldn't help but rub it in.
Melanie, jump on one of these! pic.twitter.com/ubgSueWr04— Juan Carlos Guerrero (@JuanCarlosABC7) January 11, 2019
11:15am - Enjoying a nice warm fire while we watch @MelanieWoodrow on the ABC7 News app talking about her defeat on the Tahoe commute challenge. Missed it? Check it out on https://t.co/pbg2dlhxN3 pic.twitter.com/3Sl4Pj7IDi— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) January 11, 2019
And finally, Melanie arrived!
Driving won this time, but Melanie pointed out that many factors could have made a difference in her commute -- like leaving at a different time, the weather conditions and if they had chosen to meet in North Lake Tahoe instead.
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