Tuesday, May 5, 2009

4 May 2009
Sacramento to Big Sur, CA

211 miles; Average 17MPG; no car problems :)

We left under cloudy skies from Sacramento and headed south, through the Sacramento Delta. Our first two lane highway challenge became apparent when we hit Livermore. How to get around the bay area without freeways? We actually found a little used highway (except for 5 cyclists and 3 cal-trans trucks) that skirted east around Freemont through hilly terrain along Calaveras Road—we felt like we were in the middle of the mountains—gorgeous views, happy “California” cows grazing, and nobody but us. San Jose was not real exciting…traffic and side streets until we hit the old mission road south, traveling through Morgan Hill to Hwy 152, east of Gilroy. We then headed west, through the enchanted forest between Gilroy and Watsonville. Finally we were able to pick up the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) to Monterey, where we had sea-side fish and chips at Fisherman’s Wharf. Continuing south, we traveled to Big Sur, with plans to camp…then the rain hit. At first just a drizzle, but when the campground host mentioned a guaranteed rain fall during the night, we opted to rent a small cabin at Riverside Campground and Cabins. And the rain did come down! RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY!


  1. Love the pictures and the adventure; sooo romantic! Love, Team Little

  2. Dana finally sent me the link for your blog. I am so excited to be aboard. I took my 3 teenage daughters on our first ever roadtrip this past easter vacation. We went to monterey, carmel, big sur and santa cruz. It was awesome. Big sur was undoubtedly the prettiest place I've yet to experience in my life. I also remember the forest between gilroy and watsonville. I loved it all. Enjoy and be safe and blessed.
    = Dana's friend Holly

  3. First question answered. Modern dress. Whew. I was worried! That fox stole might be hot this summer. LOL