From San Francisco To Los Angeles
Los Angeles Travel Blog› entry 6 of 103 › view all entries
June 22nd, 2007 – by: Belluomo
Our day started out late but Mark had been working a lot and needed the sleep, especially since heâ€™d be driving all the way to Los Angeles via the Pacific Coast Highway with all its twists and turns. The direct route takes 5 or 6 hours but for us it was 11 hours later that we pulled into Los Angeles. But the start was beautiful with clear sunny skies. We had gourmet French cheese egg sandwiches on sourdough to get us going and then hit the road. I was the DJ with my iPod plugged in and Diana suggested tunes while Mark drove. Our first order was getting to Carmel where we had an appointment with Heller Winery that had been set up before I left Cleveland. We called just south of Santa Cruz and they said that they were waiting for us.
The rest of the way to Los Angeles was magnificent. Big Sur is breathtaking with high bluffs, crashing waves and magnificent vistas at every turn and switchback. When we got further south the terrain leveled off and it was smooth highway driving after that. I passed many wineries that I had heard of or sold in the past such as Cambria and Sisquoc (Hi 55 Degrees!) and then passed Paso Robles before finally arriving in Santa Barbara. With the help of coffee we made it into Los Angeles at 10 pm and arranged to meet our friend Roxana near Hollywood. It was hard to find the meeting point but after some false turns we finally made it. She took us north on Cienega to Sunset Blvd but the Friday evening beautiful people in their Lotuses, Ferraris, BMWâ€™s and Mercedesâ€™ valeting for $25 wasnâ€™t our kind of crowd so we got off the boulevard and headed to a quieter area where we had some beers and empanadas at a nice Argentinian place. The waitress from Costa Rica had no LA attitude at all and was friendlier than most Clevelanders so that helped ease our travel-weary bodies. Last stop, our motel in Pasadena.
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