Well, we survived the amount of coastal driving we had done from Mendocino on down to Half Moon Bay by only doing half of what we had planned and cheating on the other half by taking the freeway. The idea of spending our final day together on the road driving down the coast through Monterey and Big Sur held absolutely no interest for the intrepid foursome. Been there, done that…too many times!
So, with Doug in the lead, and at an early hour as he likes to start out, we headed inland into the San Mateo area, hopped on the 85 to the 101 and moved on south. The holiday traffic had thinned, but the back-to-work traffic was in full force at that hour. Who could have guessed that many folks commuted from Half Moon Bay in to Tech Land. And then….yes, folks, the commute into San Jose from all points is equal to or worse than what we have all lived with in the LA Metroplex.
Things finally evened out after San Jose and we did our usual Google research to find a breakfast/gas/potty stop in the Morgan Hill area. Today’s gem was Betsy’s Restaurant in the Tennant Station complex and attached to a bowling alley. The early bird bowlers were warming up as we were chowing down with half the folks in Morgan Hill it seems. Doug had the chile verde and eggs with half beans half potatoes and is going to try the chorizo pile (just what it sounds like, chorizo piled on tortillas with eggs, beans, etc.) next time we happen to be in Morgan Hill.
After filling up, we headed south again through Gilroy, and reached Cambria by noon. Doug and Marilyn went to check in to their motel and spend the afternoon (a) walking the Moonstone Beach boardwalk for Doug and (b) putting her feet up and working on her Facebook for Marilyn. Rob and Daryl checked into their room at Daryl’s Mom’s and Rob worked on getting Joan’s Volvo ready for a trip down to Canyon Lake. Now that Joan has stopped driving, the car is going to a new home with her grandson and Rob is making sure it is roadworthy.
The five of us met at Indigo Moon for the last dinner of the road trip and a few more laughs and stories.
Maybe a trip of this magnitude doesn’t appeal to everyone. Maybe not everyone wants to spend a month sitting shoulder to shoulder. However, a Corvette is a car to be driven and there is so much in the USA to see. So, maybe you could start with a shorter trip and join other COTV friends in the adventure. There is a solid rumor that 2017 will include a trip “To Lake Tahoe…and Beyond” in late June. Maybe that is the one for you to try on for size. Watch this space for more information.
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