Southern California is an urban jungle. This connurbation is among the largest in the United States, and extends from Santa Barbara County to Tijuana, Mexico and east to Riverside Country and the deserts of the Southwest. Tall downtown areas are surrounded by unrelenting low density sprawl, and jammed freeways criss-cross the arid landscape.
Last weekend, I drove from Santa Barbara to Pacific Beach, San Diego for a visit. The drive should have taken four hours, but traffic and weather combined to tack an additional two and one half hours of delay. Additionally, about 40% more gas was consumed that would be expected for the mileage of this trip. This makes sense considering long stretches of the drive were in first or second gear!
|US 101 at El Camino Peak|
|San Fernando Valley looking E-SE towards Hollywood Hills and LA|
|Here I caught I-405 S through the Hollywood Hills|
|HWY 73 - Public vs. Private?|
|South of LA on I-5, Passing the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station|
One nearing San Diego, I was getting tired and not paying close enough attention to the signs, and I accidental ended up on I-805 instead of I-5. The 805 was now taking me on an inland detour and was in fact heading away from my destination! Darn!
|Oops! Ended up on 805, grabbed the 52 back to the five!|
|ZZZzzzzzzzz..... missed this sign.|
|Finally! Got of the 5 and headed west into Pacific Beach!|
|Elevation and Speed Profile - Spent a lot of time in traffic on this trip!|