Wednesday, September 25, 2013

On to the Northwest.

We left Gilroy, CA, heading east on Highway 152. With two lanes in each direction, California State Route 152 climbs and curves along the valley of Pacheco Creek into the mountains of the Diablo Range, crossing them through the Pacheco Pass into the San Joaquin Valley.
The highway then descends along the northern and eastern shore of the massive San Luis Reservoir.

When we reached I-5, we headed north. A few miles south of Gustine, we passed the Pea Soup Andersen's restaurant in Santa Nella. We caught the windmill, the restaurant's landmark, but that was about all.
Although it has been called "The food basket of the World", the San Joaquin Valley has not been nationally recognized for the diversity of its produce.
Getting water to the growing areas is a challenge that is met by canals.
Given the prices of gasoline in the state, this sign has special meaning.
Near Sacramento, we caught this flight from the airport and
this scene along the Sacramento River.
When we're changing RV parks, we usually drive between 230-280 miles a day. We've done nearly 400 miles on a couple of occasions, but the 4 to 5-hour driving time is relatively easy. However, if we're talking about driving through the mountains on I-5, that easy drive time is tiring.

About 100 miles south of the border with Oregon, we came upon Lake Shasta. Even while traveling the interstate, we still had a good (albeit quick) view of the lake.

And even though there was no snow on its peak, Mount Shasta presented an impressive sight as we traveled toward our destination.


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