Thursday, March 17, 2011
March 18th--our projected travel plans
We mapped out the route between Fussa and Fukuoka. Google Maps says 1,107 KM (688 miles) and 14 hours 18 minutes. Much of this route is toll roads which makes traveling easier but of course more expensive (about $500 we hear). We will fill up with fuel at Yokota Air Force base and take a 5 gallon can of fuel with us in case we can't get fuel along the way. We are hoping the further we get away from the affected areas there won't be as many issues.
We had a pretty peaceful night--only a few noticeable tremors. Today will be busy getting stuff into suitcases and decide what to leave behind. We came over with with two suitcases and a carry-on so I guess that's all we should leave with. We have a small pantry filled with canned goods and a refrigerator with our food as well as what we retrieved from the Fussa Elder's apartment. We have left instructions to allocate it out to the members in the Japanese Fussa Ward or to whoever else needs it.
I will try to post one more time before we pull the Internet plug if something changes. Otherwise I will post on Facebook and if I have access to this blog along the travel route. Thank you all for your prayers in our behalf.
Elder Ellwood and Sister Shirley Arnell