Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Journey: Day 6

So much has happened! Day 1 to Waldport, Oregon. Day 2 to Crescent City, California. Day 3 to Fort Bragg, California. Day 4 Camping. Day 5 to Merced, California. Day 6 to Bakersfield, California. I've had to recite this and it is so easy for memory to fail when traveling even for just one week!

From Crescent City we traveled along route 101 taking the route 1 from Leggett over some very windy and twisting roads. It looked like a quick jog on the map until we would reach the coast -- but we climbed and climbed and twisted and turned until at last the Pacific Ocean in all its majesty opened up before us. What an amazing road to travel it is! One breath-taking view after another, more than we could possibly take in, more than it is possible to appreciate enough. Although we began our travels with the essential idea of taking our time, we were not really prepared for the time it actually does take -- as if you do not 'take time' but rather 'times takes you'! And the weather was with us! The day started a bit cloudy, but by the time we reached the coast the sun was shining. The temperature was in the high 50's low 60's so cool and for much of the time quite breezy, but not at all unpleasant.
Fort Bragg is the largest town along the way to San Francisco. We stayed in a Travelodge right on the Ocean. Nothing really special about this hotel other than its location, although we did not have a 'room with a view'!! But in the morning we had a brisk walk along the seashore via a pedestrian bridge and onto a bluff overlooking the Pacific. We didn't tarry though. The day may have been clear and bright, but the wind did not invite us to linger.

And so we were soon on our way.

Yeah, the next night we camped. That deserves an entry all its own. I was not a happy camper!

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