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Old 10-27-2011, 11:46 AM
 
Location: San Jose
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Hi

Driving down to LA, probably going to take I5 as we just need to 'get' there, any advice on places to stop on the way to break up the journey? just to grab a drink etc

Thanks
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Old 10-27-2011, 12:11 PM
 
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Hi

Driving down to LA, probably going to take I5 as we just need to 'get' there, any advice on places to stop on the way to break up the journey? just to grab a drink etc

Thanks
Try the Harris Ranch at the Coalinga exit (Hwy 198, I think) HarrisRanch Inn & Restaurant - Shop, Stay and Dine Nice restaurant (not cheap), bakery and store.

Also, stop at Buttonwillow (Hwy 58 - Bakersfield exit) which has a bunch of fast food places.
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Old 10-27-2011, 01:01 PM
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Location: Mountain Ranch, CA The heart of Calaveras County
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Waiting for Snort's Arvin recommendation.

Kettleman City offramp also has quite a few fast food options.
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:38 PM
 
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Waiting for Snort's Arvin recommendation.

Kettleman City offramp also has quite a few fast food options.
Snort is probably busy organizing the Occupy Arvin protest.
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Old 10-27-2011, 03:10 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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101 offers up a much more interesting array of sights and diversions along the journey to L.A., and only adds about a half-hour to the trip over I-5. No deadly tule fog or methhead truckers, either.
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:24 PM
 
Location: San Jose
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Thanks all, if 101 is only like 30 mins longer we may go that way then, I thought it might take a lot longer

Cheers
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:42 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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I disagree that 101 is only 30 minutes longer. It takes nearly as long to get to Santa Barbara on 101 as it does to get to LA on I-5. Then it's another 90 minutes from SB into LA without traffic, and substantially more than that with traffic.
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:12 PM
 
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I disagree that 101 is only 30 minutes longer. It takes nearly as long to get to Santa Barbara on 101 as it does to get to LA on I-5. Then it's another 90 minutes from SB into LA without traffic, and substantially more than that with traffic.
I agree! Many people go 75 to 80 on I-5!
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:50 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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I agree! Many people go 75 to 80 on I-5!
Even sticking to the posted 70MPH it's a pretty quick trek down the San Joaquin Valley. Whereas, 101 is 65 tops and road mileage is clearly greater taking 101. The Ventura Fwy is a nightmare on weekends and that alone can add an unwanted hour near the end of the trip.
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:12 PM
 
Location: San Jose
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Thanks all, the I5 it is then :-)
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