For the past 2 months, I had an obsession (or we can call it a dream) of driving down the pacific coast highway from North Cal to So Cal. This ‘dream’ started when I saw a picture of the Bixby Bay Bridge while Googling on coastal getaways.At first, I planned to drive up to North Cal along the coast with a friend and then down freeway 5 myself, but it didn’t happened. We tried to plan the trip again where I would drive up north myself and have ‘the friend’ drive down the coast with me. Well… it didn’t happen either. I was determined to take this coast road trip that I had planned for 2 months, so I made a daring decision to drive by myself (both ways).
It was a trip that I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out and, quiet frankly, a little scared because I never driven more than 150 miles (approx. 2 hours) by myself. The trip totaled 1200 miles over a span of 4 days with 2 days in Fremont and a day in Atascandero. If I were to do the trip over, I would have take 2 additional day down the coast, so it wouldn’t be as much a rush.
Questions I’ve Been Asked Since My Return:
1. What did you thought about for the 6 hour drive each day?
There were tons of think about lately. On my way up, I was composing my job application in my head for a few hours. Then, I called a friend to plan a potential trip to Maui (hopefully I’ll be able to go) for another few hours. I also thought about potentially moving outside of So Cal again if I do land a dream job working for one of the top firms.
On my way backdown, I was thinking about how things and opportunities can come and go within a span of a few hours. I was partially frustrated too because Freeway 1 was closed half way to Morrow Bay so I had to drive 1 hour back North to connect onto 101 (ironically like the events that happened that day). I also thought about absolutely nothing and just sang along to Ed Shreeran’s new songs.
2. Was the trip as good as I imagined it? Would I do it again?ABSOLUTELY YES to both questions! As we all know, sometimes our plans sounds better in our head than it actually does in real life; this time it wasn’t the latter case. If I were to do it all over again, I would plane for more time to enjoy the coastal views. My drive reminded me how I often run my life; I rush to accomplish the next goals, next dreams, next ‘to-do’ list, and forget to take time to enjoy the little things that come along with it.
3. How did you stay awake while driving?
4. Did you go on the carpool lane with your Hello Kitty?
No I did not. If I were to get pulled over, the cope wouldn’t have given me a ticket; he/she would send me straight to psychiatric hospital.
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