Matt Carberry (kingpin248) wrote,
Matt Carberry
kingpin248

PNR, day 18: drink red wine, or write love songs?

Photobucket
When in the Napa Valley, it helps to have some connections.
Photobucket
The redwoods are tall. Me: not so much.

The second half of the Post-Navy Roadtrip began with a hurried frenzy. I rolled back over the first time I woke up, and when I came to again, it was 10:48. That meant only twelve minutes to pack everything up and check out. I got it done with two to spare, and was quickly away. On this day, I didn't manage fuel economy particularly well, and thus had to pit in Sausalito - and pay $3.30 per gallon. The next stop was at a Wendy's in Petaluma. I noted some young girls dancing and preening, and for some reason, I decided then and there that I wouldn't ever want to endure the people of California as a resident, and so posted on Facebook. I made a detour off the 101 into the Napa Valley, to Clos Pegase Winery in Calistoga. Why only this one location? Because one of my high school classmates is a winemaker there. He was on the property, and I benefited greatly from this. I got a personal tour of the place, free tastings of three wines, and half off the bottle I bought. My intent is to share that bottle with some good friends back in Northport soon after this trip concludes - hopefully, the wine survives that long.

I made a few stops at Leggett. I needed gas again; this time it was $3.31/gallon, so I only took enough to reach Eureka. I also took a picture of the sign marking the end of California Route 1, and then I had to pee. So I went to a place advertising a bathroom - the Chandelier Tree. For just five American dollars, I got to relieve myself...and drive my car through a sequoia tree. No injuries or damage were suffered. I briefly detoured off the 101 and headed down the Avenue of the Giants, where I took some pictures among the tall redwoods. It was 7 p.m. when the Blue Trooper reached the edge of Humboldt Bay - I'd finally made Eureka, the home turf of Sara Bareilles. If you read this thing regularly, you know I tend to gush about her and her music a bit. As luck had it, I was wearing my melon-colored Sara B shirt that I bought at the show in Hartford. Actually it wasn't luck...it simply happened to be the last clean shirt I had. I made straight for the Lost Coast Brewery. I greatly enjoyed this latest chapter of "America by Brewery." Watching the Pittsburgh Penguins close out the final game of the Stanley Cup Final made it even better.

After dinner, I checked into the Super 8, and was dismayed to discover that the internal climate control seemed to be non-functional. The only way to take the temperature of the room below 78 °F was to open the sliding door, which allowed in noise from the street. I wondered whether to go out - it was, after all, Friday night. The relative tameness of Eureka, combined with the distance of the motel from the bars, meant that I'd stay in. I wanted to get to sleep early, as I knew I'd have a lot of driving the next day, but as it usually does, my nocturnal nature reigned. At least I got to see something on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien that would be most helpful later in the trip.

Pictures: Day 18 (Northern California)
Tags: pnr, sara bareilles
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 1 comment