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A Long Day on the Road

It was a 300 mile day today. Now if that had all been on the freeway it would have been quick and easy, like driving to Spokane. Well 200 miles of it was driving down a very congested Pacific Coast Highway. Don’t get me wrong, it was very pretty, especially along the beeches. The problem is that on a beautiful, sunny Sunday half of the population of LA county was also out there enjoying it. Picture a hundred miles of bumper to bumper traffic.

The two high points of the journey were the town of Solvang and a visit to my good friend Frank Kenny’s house in Torrance. First Solvang, a must see if driving down highway 101 south of San Luis Obispo. This village was founded by three Danish immigrants back in the early 1900s. Solvang has grown into quite a large town and is very much a tourist attraction. There are lots of little and a few large shops selling souvenirs, restaurants, and hotels. We should have spent last night there in fact.

Downtown Solvang 1

Downtown Solvang 1

Downtown Solvang 2

Downtown Solvang 2

Exploring in Solvang

Exploring in Solvang


Solvang Brewing Company

Solvang Brewing Company

Another cool windmill in Solvang

Another cool windmill in Solvang

Our visit with Frank was way too short, but a very welcome break in our travels. We really enjoyed our visit and a chance to see Frank’s amazing train layout. I’d seen it once many years ago, but it has changed a lot since then. Thanks to Frank’s hospitality we were rested and refreshed when it was finally time to get back on the road.

An hour after leaving Frank’s we finally gave up on highway 1. It took us an hour to travel 20 miles so we bailed out and crossed over to the interstate. Once on I-405 we were barreling along at 80mph. It seemed like a very long boring drive to Carlsbad, but we had an appointment for between 6:00 and 7:00. We arrived for our appointment on time but there wasn’t anyone to meet us. It seems that during the day (while we were driving) we missed an e-mail.

As I write this we are relaxing in our spacious room in the Sheraton Hotel in Carlsbad. We had a very nice dinner in the up-scale restaurant in the hotel to celebrate Karen’s birthday. The best part is that we are staying here for two nights. We can sleep in tomorrow! Hurray!

Our room at the Sheraton

Our room at the Sheraton

Thats all for tonight, more tomorrow.

Jim

Posted by olytrains 21:51

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I feel like I've been to Solvang but if I was it was years ago. Hoping to see some pics of Frank Kenney's layout. Maybe when you get home. Gregg

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