Thursday, August 9, 2007
Day 45: Pacific Coast Highway
All photos of our trip down the PCH are available on Flickr.
When we planned the trip in March we used MapQuest to get directions from stadium to stadium. Unfortunately, these directions only give you the most direct route. Knowing we would see some incredible scenery if we took California Highway 1 rather than I-5 from San Francisco to LA, we tossed the directions out the window and headed down the Pacific Coast Highway. What was supposed to be a six hour freeway drive turned into a 10 hour odyssey along America's western shore. It was completely worth it, tough, as we saw amazing vistas of mountains and surf.
Shortly after leaving San Francisco, we stopped for lunch in the tiny oceanside city of Davenport. As we sat waiting for our waiter, we studied the map of California to see where the PCH would take us next. When our waiter walked over he inquired where we were headed. Peter and I really enjoy telling people we meet about the tour and there response is always, "That's awesome, I want to do that some day." This guy turned out to be a huge ball fan too and we talked to him about Bonds and the record chase for awhile. We enjoyed some delicious wood-fired pie and cheesecake before getting back on the road.
The afternoon brought us even more amazing sights including what Peter thought was a whale but was actually just a pile of rocks, and an odd red foam that covered most of the shoreline along the whole route.