“Do you know the way to San Jose?” – The Reunion Roadtrip!
NOTE:This Blog was originally written as a virtual “Road Trip” to San Jose! There are many pictures of the journey north from Los Angeles to the Bay Area in California. We tried to capture the essence of the drive along with some good images. Please enjoy this Blog! Updated 20 May 2016
“Do you know the way to San Jose?”
Take a little trip with me at 70+ mph from L.A. to San Jose!
The Office – Friday 1:45pm
Ready? Had a few errands to run and then had to stop by the office in Studio City.
Go!…Friday afternoon traffic leaving L.A. at 2pm.
The Open Road at the Camarillo Grade
The invitation came via facebook: Annie (belated) Birthday Party and a Reunion of Old College (UCSC) Friends at Ber’s House in San Jose. Okay then, ROADTRIP!
It’s about the same distance from Los Angeles to San Jose on the 5 or the 101 freeway, but the 101 is much nicer during the day if you can time it right and avoid the traffic. I was tied up at the office for about an hour, and got a later start than I wanted. There was some afternoon traffic leaving the valley, but once I was passed the Camarillo grade it was a smooth ride and an absolutely beautiful day for a long drive.
Great ocean views and blue skies from Ventura to Lompoc!
101 north to San Francisco (Ventura, CA)
It’s a beautiful day for a drive up the coast.
Rest Area in Lompoc (it was full and there was no parking available so I didn’t stop)
Turning inland and driving through the Lompoc tunnel. Speedtrap ahead! Watch out for the CHP and Buellton Police as you travel downhill!
Pismo Beach 4:45pm
Just a perfect day for a drive.
Rest Stop 5:45pm
On the road again…
Getting some nice vistas as the sun begins to go down!
“I can’t drive 55!” (and I don’t have to)
Taco Bell – Soledad, California 6:45pm
Normally I don’t eat “fast food”, but i didn’t have lunch so I was starving. Stopped and got a combo burrito, a bean and cheese burrito, and a Dr. Pepper then back on the road. Watch out for the local police “speedtrap” and “stop sign” taxing the tourists on your way back to the freeway!
It got cloudy along the way for almost 5 minutes near Laguna Seca…
The way to San Jose!
San Jose! 7:45pm
San Jose! Friday 7:30pm – You have arrived. 397 miles. 6 hours later.
Let’s Eat! – Dinner at IHOP in San Jose:
Saturday – Ann’s Belated Birthday and Reunion Party with old college friends at Ber’s House in San Jose. Afternoon BBQ and festivities into the night!
Sunday – Woke up early and drove to Santa Cruz, my phone’s battery drained and the car charger didn’t work to recharge it. It was another beautiful day and I drove back through Monterey to the 101 and home to Los Angeles. I saw some amazing things but unfortunately there are no pics.
I hope you enjoyed the ride! It was a fun weekend. I haven’t done a real roadtrip like this one in a long time, and there were no problems once I got past the traffic leaving Los Angeles on Friday afternoon. Only paid for gas and food, because lodging was staying with friends, so it was relatively inexpensive. I can’t say I would want to do it every week, but once in awhile when the weather’s nice, it’s a great California vacation!
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