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August 03, 2003

South-Western Loop - Highway 1 North

Sunday requires a route change, I need to get back to the office to finish some work. On the bright side, this is the opportunity to finally do the complete trip on Highway 1 from LA to Santa Cruz, something I always wanted to do.

Traffic is great until LA - then, all hell breaks loose. I get caught in one non-stop congestion from downtown LA to Santa Barbara. Yikes. Never do this on a Sunday, OK?

I'm skipping the stop in Santa Barbara to make up for lost time, although the city is reportedly a very nice one. Just northwest of Santa Barbara, that's where Highway 101 is most beautiful. Highway 154 through the mountains is a shortcut that offers the same magnificent views, it requires about the same time. I'm stopping in Pismo Beach to say goodbye to SoCal.

Now on Highway 1, one of the world's prettiest roads. If you can choose the direction, do it from North to South. Otherwise all the turnouts will be on the left side, the reason being that you drive on the cliffs high above the ocean for most of the time.

After 12 hours, I made it back in Santa Cruz for the night. Tomorrow is going to be a holiday break and a normal work day.

Posted by Uli at August 3, 2003 11:59 PM


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