Caveat: Roadtrip Aesthetics 101 (or sentimentality)

200911_KlamathCA_sP1020385 Is it possible to love a highway? 

I certainly harbor a special feeling toward US Route 101.   I was born 3 blocks from it, and grew up 4 blocks from it, and have lived more than half my life (discontinuously) within a few miles of it.

When I left San Luis Obispo on Friday night, I knew I'd have to drive all night to get to Roseburg, OR, on time, so I figured I might as well go up 101 (which takes a few extra hours due to its not being freeway the whole way, as compared to Interstate 5) most of the way, just for sentimental reasons. 

It was strange, especially from downtown San Francisco on northward through Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino into Humboldt counties, because although I was driving in the middle of the night, I've been up and down that highway so many times I was able to visualize the scenery along the way effortlessly.  Kinesthetic memory on the curves is almost eerie, too.

Anyway, I got to Arcata and stopped at the beach for a few hours.  I watched it get light (the sun was behind thick clouds) and then went on to Oregon.