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Day 52

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Miles Driven: 525

Total Miles: 13,151

Taylor had to head out to work early, and my plan was to be a bum for the better part of the morning.  I took advantage of the continental breakfast, relaxed for a bit, and then got some exercise before getting ready.  I made it a point to shave the beard that had been growing on me for about two weeks, and man, that took a long time.  Thanks again to Taylor for letting me treat his hotel like my own.

Around 1PM I was on the road and making my way north along Highways 101/1 along the coast.  It was a beautiful drive, and I had good views of the blue Pacific.

Farmland near Hearst Castle

Big elephant seals on the beach

The only bad thing was I got hit with some overcast skies as the drive went on.

One of my last glimpses of the sun

Winding turns along Hwy 1

Looking back along the coast

I had underestimated how long it would take to get north via Hwy 1, as at some points you need to travel fairly slow going around the turns.  Before I knew it, it was dark, and I wasn’t even close to San Francisco (and the heavy clouds didn’t help).  I eventually veered off of Hwy 1 around Monterey, and made a beeline towards Santa Rosa.

In Santa Rosa lives my buddy Kevin, a guy I knew back in college and became friends with thanks to us being assigned to the same project team in a class.  Haven’t seen the guy since a reunion with that professor several years ago.  So I’ll hang with him for a while, check out San Fran, and enjoy the nice company in Northern CA.


  1. July 21, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    i’m impressed you knew those were elephant seals. did they run away from seaworld?

    • July 22, 2010 at 11:39 am

      Ha, I only knew because there were big displays right by the beach explaining everything about these animals. They’re big, but somewhat boring.

  2. Mara
    July 22, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Looks like tomorrow is our day, I can’t wait to see you.

    • July 22, 2010 at 11:39 am

      Likewise! Looking forward to making it up to Redding

  3. ND
    July 22, 2010 at 7:35 am

    I’m with MLee. You get the Big Pickle. These pics are beautiful too!

    • July 22, 2010 at 11:38 am

      Thanks, ND. I never won a pickle before

      • melissa
        July 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm

        leadership pickles?

  4. Matt Sobieski
    July 22, 2010 at 7:52 am

    If you liked the California coast on highway 101, promise me you’ll plan (if you haven’t already) to travel up 101 in Oregon. The views are absolutely breathtaking.

    • July 22, 2010 at 11:38 am

      You know I didn’t even think of the Oregon coast. I may try that. Thanks for the suggestion, Matt

  5. The Mommie
    July 22, 2010 at 7:52 am

    When looking in my quotation book regarding BEARDS, it led me to HIPPIE (my era) and I like what this said and thinks it fits you well, my Jip!

    “The word “hip” translates roughly as “wise” or “tuned-in.” A hippy is somebody who “knows” what is really happening, and who adjusts or grooves with it. ”
    ——Hunter S. Thompson

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