Trip on Down the 5
Thanksgiving means travel, and like thousands of other Californians, I’m about to drive the 5. It may sound strange, but I always look forward to this trip, not only for the obvious family-and-friends reasons, but I like the drive itself. It’s so frickin’ easy if you do it right. Get up early (I’m shooting for 4:30), hop in car and go. Livermore in no time. Crow’s Landing sooner than you thought. Near Coalinga and cowschwitz, roll up the windows and close the vents. Corridos and country music all the way down. Refuel and grab a doughnut in Buttonwillow. Huff it up the Grapevine and into Fort Tejon. Roll into the San Fernando Valley by 10 with a full day ahead.
Drive carefully, everyone.