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.

7 Comments so far

  1. Kenji (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 2:05 pm

    “The 5″?


  2. Wiley (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 2:58 pm

    Some clean bathrooms between SF and Orange county via the 5:

    45min from SF: Hacienda exit (livermore) at the Red Tractor. Good place to eat too.

    1:15 from SF: Patterson exit (villa del lago center) at the Starbucks.

    2:15 from SF: Santa Nella exit at the starbucks there too. (basically any starbucks along the route)

    3:00 from SF: Harris Ranch exit. Harris ranch restaurant. The very best place to eat on the entire drive. Hands down!!!

    5:30 from SF: Magic Mountain parkway exit. Lots of new and clean restaurants on the east side of the 5.

    7:00 from SF: Bathroom at my relative’s house. ;-)


  3. tomas (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 3:09 pm

    This is an educational thing to listen to while you’re driving the 5.


  4. DavidK (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 3:30 pm

    Kenji: “The 5″?

    Or “I-5″ for you hillbillies.


  5. tyler82 (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 5:00 pm

    i hate i-5 i always take the 101 even though it adds an hour to my drive the 5 is so fucking ugly, smells like cow shit the whole way, and you always get stuck behind oversized pickups with confederate flags and unleashed dogs rolling around in the pickup beds and insanely slow semis. i’d rather travel through pismo beach, santa barbara, santa maria, paso robles, san luis than the harris beef ranch anyday!!!


  6. cd (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2006 @ 12:07 am

    Wow Tyler – the mainstays of California’s agricultural economy thank you for your support.

    As far as freeway names go – there’s a post on that topic once ever so often on this site, as well as LA’s and Sac’s. SoCal-ers respect their freeways enough to afford them the definite article. NorCal-ers don’t.

    Out-of-staters add the “I-” in front.

    When I drove from Sac to LA yesterday, I hoped on 5 and took it down to the turn off for Kettleman City where, like all good SoCal-ers, I exited, ate In-n-Out for dinner, and then got on the 5 (note difference – it’s 5 north of Kettleman or so, and the 5 south of it) for the rest of the journey.


  7. tyler82 (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2006 @ 1:36 pm

    you must feel special !



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