I think we must have parked in the same lot as you in the middle of your adventure. I guessed that you had gone out there when we didn't see you at the relay but also guessed that you would already have finished by the time we got up to the mountains (4ish). Had I known I would have left a tasty surprise on the windshield!
We were planning on heading up to the same area today (but with a MUCH shorter adventure) but with the later start for the relay and longer runs for all of us (Max did the whole thing by himself!), we decided to postpone until tomorrow. Your description is great!
BTW, the road was still closed for ~20-25 min after the email said it was open. You made a good call.
Sounds like a typical Alex adventure - sketchy map reading and all ;-)
It´s obvious the Alex/Tyra combo works just fine.
Sounds like a perfect Alex-day (esp if there was something tasty afterwards).