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Old 9th September 2009, 21:26   #1
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Default California Highway 1

Been to this magnificent road over last weekend. It runs between San Francisco and Los Angeles. We started from San Francisco and went for about 150 miles till Big Sur Park. Then returned back.

This journey is considered to be one of the best in US if not entire world. Road is smooth single lane on each side. very twisty and curvy, always clinging to the cliffs which drop into deep blue pacific ocean.

Since we went on the Labor day weekend, there was a decent amount of traffic. Never got stuck in traffic but couldnt push the car to limit.

Enjoy the pics

1. Seaside beach
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2. Road
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3. Bixby bridge : This is constructed in 1932.
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4. View from Hurricane Point
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5. Bixby Bridge from hurricane Point
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6. A rare straight stretch on CA-1
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7. McWay falls in Big Sur state park
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Old 9th September 2009, 21:48   #2
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Very nice scenery
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Good pics. I have heard of this road being one of the best in CA and entire US as well.

Got any more good pics of the drive?
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Wow! Are these pictures or paintings? Never thought CA could be that beautiful on the sea. More pics please, when you have the time.
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Oh, to do this stretch again !

@Abhijat : Next time, try northwards. Pretty good.
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Old 9th September 2009, 23:20   #6
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Next time, try northwards. Pretty good.
I did go Northwards too. I drove upto Humboldt county and Redwoods national park. Yes. Its pretty scenic as well....
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Very scenic pics..waterfall near a beach is something i have never seen.
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Old 10th September 2009, 02:34   #8
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Amazing pictures!

I guess I too should take a trip down this road while I am still here in San Diego! In fact, I was planning to take a trip all the way to SFO via LA :-)
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Hey Abhijit - those are excellent pictures!

On my recent trip to San Francisco with family, we took a drive along the same route but didn't get as far down as Big Sur - I think we went halfway between Monterey & Big Sur, then back to San Francisco. Here's a few pictures (don't mean to hijiack your thread):

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My cousin's rental Dodge Avenger seen pulling into a stop area. (It should be pulling into a junk yard - it was that bad).
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Another historic bridge - this route's full of them.
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Kishore Kumar probably got more pleasure out of his original Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi than this weird mobile.
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Another shot of the Dodge Avenger vanishing into the fog. Only problem - it returned.
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Eyesore!
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Vehicles used:
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  2. Dodge Avenger
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Don't bother with either. Especially disappointing was the fact that this road was nice and curvy and neither of the cars had it in them to be the slightest bit responsive.

Road signs like these only helped rub it in:
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Beautiful pictures! To extent of giving the feel of a PS touch in all of them. That brilliant. Thanks for sharing.
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hey, those are brilliant pix. like somebody earlier mentioned, a PS touch to these pix would make them awesome.
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@Ads

Ya. Both those cars really suck.
Well, I was driving a Altima 2.5SL. Not exactly sporty, but it has that auto box with manual override. So it was a joy in some of the curves where traffic was sparse.

Coming to think of it, why all rental companies offer US made cars? I have only got a Camry once through Hertz. Rest all is full of Impalas, Calibers, Avengers, Focus (a decent car) and all american junk. I thought it would make sense to keep rentals as Jap vehicles since they are so low on maintenance and relatively trouble free than american c**p.

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Boy, oh Boy ! Last month on my road trip, I did this stretch from Santa Monica to Monterey Bay, all on CA-1; took about 6.5 hours. Interesting anecdote, while I was gunning the car, I realised that I was low on fuel and the next town was 50 miles away and I had fuel that could last about 63 miles, which was sort of pushing it (pun intended).Fortunately, somewhere along we found a fuel bunk and the guy was quite conveniently charging an arm and a leg for fuel; I paid $ 4.20/gal which was wayyyyyy over the top but absolutely worth every penny 'cos otherwise I'd have had to go back 40 miles one way and fill up; I can definitely say, those were the best $20 I ever spent. Man the road is unbelievable ! Although I had a Malibu which had pretty bad handling, I was still pushing it all the way. It was F-U-N driving on that road and its absolutely gorgeous and might I say COLD ! In some sections, temperature was as low as 52 F. I have so many pics from the highway; I was thinking of writing a travelogue of the whole coast-to-coast trip but my lazy posterior never gets to actually doing it.

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Abhijit,
Very nice pics. Post some more if you can.
I recently traveled the same route recently while driving from Hollywood
to San Jose. Well worth the extra time vis a vis the enormously boring interstate.
Would love to do it again, only in a smaller, faster car

Cheers

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Old 10th September 2009, 09:20   #15
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Default Whoa !

A lot of us have been on this route ! I didnt know its this popular in Indian people as well....

Come on guys, hijack my thread ! Post all your pics and experiences about CA-1. I have many more pics, but they are quite similar to the ones that I posted. Narrow winding road on a cliff edge with the cliff dropping down into deep blue Pacific.

@Harbir, Satya:
If you are reading this, and havent yet been to CA-1, let me tell you its really worth taking the Lotus or rent a Vette for this road. You guys should rent a Vette and go to this stretch at 4am in morning. You will really love it. Better still, rent a Ferrari from Las Vegas and drive down here.

I also went to north of SF on US 101 into the Redwood counties. That was a totally different experience. Will post that soon.

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