This is the first leg of the Odyssey, from my home
in Simi Valley, CA to the AROC National Convention in Portland, OR. There
are overnight stops in Santa Cruz, CA, Eureka, CA and Florence, OR before
arriving at Jantzen Beach in Portland OR.
The first days travel will be along the scenic
Pacific Coast Highway, California State Route One. I will pick up the
highway just South of Ventura, CA and travel North through Santa Barbara,
Lompoc and Pismo Beach. After lunch and a refuel in San Luis Obispo, Highway
One follows the coastline through San Simeon, home of the Hearst Castle, the
rugged Big Sur area and through Monterey, home of the Pebble Beach Concours
d'Elegance, finally reaching my first overnight stop at Santa Cruz.
The next morning I continue North along the coast
into San Francisco and across the Golden Gate bridge. Here I leave the Coast
Highway and take U.S. highway 101 through the California redwood forest, past
trees that were alive when Rome was founded. I finally reach the coast again
in Eureka where I end my second day.
The following morning I'll have breakfast at the
Samoa Cookhouse, originally a lumber camp cookhouse that has been operating since 1890. I
then follow the coast line again through Northern California and into
Oregon. After stopping to view some of the historic lighthouses along the
coast I arrive at Florence, OR for an overnight stay. Florence, which
happens to be my mother's name is located just West of Eugene, OR which, of
course, is my name.
The last day of travel for this leg will start out
along the coast to the town of Newport where I will turn inland to turn
north on U.S. highway 101 stopping at Salem, Oregon's capital, for refueling
and then into Portland arriving at the Red Lion Hotel at Jantzen Beach on
the Columbia River, the home of the 2009 AROC National Convention.