Be thankful you are traveling now a days and not back in the day. Yes I’m talking like I am SUPER old right now, but it was 12 - 13 years ago when I used to road trip to see bands in the US and a lot of things have changed. The second I started to drive down this hill and back up the other side I totally remember this drive and not for good reasons.
Once upon a time there were no cell phones with GPS telling you exactly where to go and exactly how long it should take you. You just have a paper map and could only really guess by using that little legend on the side how long it would take you to go about 1 inch on the map. Doesn’t sound like a big deal, but when you are driving coastal highways sometimes going over 20 mph is not physically even possible. It is pretty hard to take that 1 inch distance into account while trying to figure out if you’ll be driving 60 mph or 20 mph? It is a complete guessing game.
I remember this road because it is right before Sonomo County and the plan was to go into San Fran that day. We had left from some where up the road and figured the drive would be maybe 4 hours … ha … not quite. I think it ended up taking 7 hours instead. By the time we got to this location it was now pitch black and I was not handling it alright. I luckily was not driving and had full confidence in the person who was, but I swear I was going to pee my pants or throw up, which ever came first. I basically just closed my eyes and hoped we didn’t go off one of the cliffs. Let say I enjoyed it much better this time around, so much so I drove it 3 times to get this video for you.
I find it crazy how some memories stick in your head, but this crazy road sure triggered how I used to road trip. There was no putting a location in GPS, seeing it would take 3 hours, then hopping on google to see campsites around that area, trails to stop and explore along the way and hunting for a possible dog friendly restaurant to grab some food or a grocery store to stock up. Traveling is a lot easier these days and as much as I do go with the flow, it’s nice to have this option and know where you’re headed, especially traveling solo.
Paper maps do have their place … when there is no cell phone signal … but I’m pretty happy to have a phone telling me where to drive and telling how long it will be before I arrive. A little down the road I had to do a detour from the highway being closed from flooding and a washout and if I didn’t have my GPS I likely would have become complete lost, which admittedly there are worse things then getting lost in California.
Let's get serious for a moment folks traveling with their 4 legged friends, especially in north Cali! While Baron was in the Redwoods, through our many days hiking he sadly pick up a tick and it tested positive for Lyme!
No, not four seasons because we are staying at a fancy resort in California instead of our van, but it does mean it is time to change up to a completely different season of outdoor clothing. One of the biggest struggles with living out of a tiny van is having just enough room to pack everything you need.