10 Jun 2009

Highway 101 down the coast of California

Posted by walterheck

On saturday it was time for me to leave and head down to San Diego, to see my friend Andy Sanderson and his wife. I had been working with Andy in the couchsurfing tech team and we had met in Alaska when he came up there for a week. The Sandersons live in San Diego, which is only a few miles from the Mexican border. Right around this time is when the first cases of the swine flue were reported, so people started getting really paranoid.I wasn’t there yet though. I had a good deal of hitchhiking to do, and between me and San Diego there was this little town called Los Angeles. LA is supposedly one of the biggest hellholes for hitchhikers, since there are too many crazy people there for anyone to trust anyone else. On top of that, it is more then 70Km of metropolitan area with some very dangerous gang-neighborhoods, so walking my way through it was out of the question. Also, public transport is bad and expensive. Enough reasons for me to think this was going to be very very interesting 🙂
I decided to take a bus from Julie’s place to Santa Cruz. It was cheap and would get me out of the metropolitan area of San Jose/Santa Clara. The bus ride was quite nice and brought me right to where I wanted to start hitching. It was already getting later, but I was in no rush to get anywhere, so I just started walking and thumbing. Soon enough I was picked up and started to make my way down the coast.
Some drivers were telling me I needed to get past Big Sur that day if I wanted to get anywhere the next day, since the road would be closed for a marathon. Luckily I got quite a ways further down the road then that. The sun was going down on a nice and warm day, I was walking down the coastal road, enjoying the magnificence of the scenery. This was one of the most beautiful stretches of road I have hitched in my life!
I stopped at a house to refill my water bottle, and they told me that I would be able to camp out down the road. I had already seen a nice camping spot a bit back down the road, but after this advice I decided to continue walking for a bit. Dusk was slowly fading into night, and every once in a while a car would pass by, me holding my thumb up with idle hope of being picked up. I was walking anyway, so why not 🙂

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