The Road Rules: PCH Road Trip

By: Tryphena Wade

Originally appeared on: wedontsitoncouches

I absolutely love a great road trip! Whether winding from the coast to the mountains on Maui’s Highway to Hana, traveling through the Coconino National Forest to the Grand Canyon (check out Really, God? Really?!?!), taking a three-day road cruise through the South of France, or scooting around the island of Bonaire (I guess I’ll have to share those stories…eventually!), there are few things better than a tank full of gas, a general idea of where you want to go and what you want to see, the open road in front of you, and time to spare. By now I consider myself a bit of a road trip extraordinaire! But I warn you, I’m pretty sure I could write a manual on how to turn a 6 hour, round-trip excursion into about 11 or 12 hours.

Step 1: ride with Tryphena
Step 2: be prepared to stop 1,000 times for semi-dangerous photo ops.
Step 3: be prepared to stop 1,000 times more for photo ops that look identical but have a slight difference, only distinguishable by Tryphena
Step 4: be prepared for sharp turns down winding, unmarked roads and last-minute itinerary additions that may add time to your trip. No worries; 75% of the time, whatever you find down those roads or because of those additions will be life-changing.
WARNING: If an ocean or some other vast or amazingly beautiful body of water is involved, good luck, bring a bathing suit, anything is possible!

I really could go on and on and on but I think you get the point.
A couple of days ago I had the opportunity to take one such epic excursion. I had a very rare, two-day break from being the Queen of Priderock so I decided to explore the Pacific Coast Highway from San Jose (where the show is currently running) to Big Sur. Now again, this clocks in at about 3:20 one way…IF you don’t stop to take pictures. But it’s the PCH. It’s amazingly gorgeous and the point of driving it is to stop and experience the beauty. So that’s exactly what I did. I took the drive from San Jose to Half Moon Bay and south to the Santa Cruz boardwalk, Carmel-by-the-Sea, across the Bixby Bridge and along the Big Sur and eventually, McWay Falls (a last-minute addition that added 45 minutes to my trip).

PCH Map 1                      PCH map 2

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I started my drive around noon and my goal was to make it to Big Sur and back to my house in San Jose by 7pm. As time went on, and more stops were made, and more pictures taken, my goal was simply to make it to the waterfall before sunset. And I did. Barely! I literally watched the sunset as I walked along the path overlooking the waterfall. And as the rest of the coast was settling in for the night, I began my drive back to San Jose along the winding PCH, in the dark.

Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY!!!

The coast line, the cliffs, the colors, the ocean views, the waterfall, the sunset…where the sky kisses the sea…
All so worth it.

And here are the pics as proof!!

PCH IV

 

PCH III

 

PCH II T.Wade

 

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