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Today was the big day to drive through the San Francisco Bay area. We waited until rush hour had ended and headed out about ten. It was a complicated drive through a huge megalopolis area with lots of changes of lanes (not always easy in a motorhome), merges onto new highways etc. Needless to say it was stressful! We started by crossing the Richmond bridge, which runs forever! Fortunately, the lanes were wide and there was an emergency lane beside me on the right so there was lots of room. Kind of a cool bridge...eastbound traffic drives on the lower lanes and westbound drives above on a second level.

The traffic was fairly heavy right through to San Jose, with lots of trucks passing us, taking up more than their share of the lanes. We travelled forever it seemed, city after city all running into each other. Then finally, just south of San Jose, as we left behind the last of the spaghetti interchanges, the countryside began to look a little less urban, and the traffic began to thin out some.

The highways here are showing signs of California\'s poor financial state...they were filthy, the sides of the roads covered in litter and garbage. It wasn\'t until we got to Morgan Hill that we saw workers out cleaning up...someone obviously had adopted this section!

After San Jose, we drove through some very flat farmland areas as Highway 101 headed south, through a few small cities…Morgan Hill looked like it was nothing but shopping malls; Gilroy was acres and acres of garlic...they claim to be the garlic capital of the country. Just after Gilroy, the highway headed west through a huge eucalyptus forest then began to roll downhill towards the ocean, through a couple more small towns,  a bunch avocado farms and finally into Monterey.

We managed to find the RV park with no difficulty and no wrong turns. We are staying at the Monterey Fairgrounds RV park. It isn\'t fancy by any means but it is a lot cheaper than staying at the others by thirty to fifty dollars a night. It has water, sewer and electricity but no cable and the wifi is iffy. We are across from a military golf course and, we’ve since discovered, somewhere near an airport. Fortunately, planes don’t come often because they certainly do fly low!


We had some lunch, took care of some RV stuff and still had a couple of hours of daylight so we decided to go exploring. It will probably rain the entire time we are here but I hope we will still be able to see the area, even if it is from the car.

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