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Scenes on Sunday ~ Pacific Ocean

out to the west of me the sun is going down

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jack collier

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shadows on silk as the night rolls in

Make Your Own Adventure ~ Road Trip

P1020029Some say a good road trip is a great way to spend your vacation, or a great way to spend any time you have with your girl, or any time you don’t have to do something else for that matter.

SNLPFMMy very first long-distance road trip was from my place in the North of England to a little villa on a vineyard in Tuscany.  At it’s very best that’s 24 solid hours driving, assuming no delays, and that you don’t go out of your way sightseeing and driving mountain roads just for the sake of it.  All told it’s a drive of around 1,350 miles, each way.  Perhaps I was being optimistic to think my Triumph TR6 would make it there and back without breaking down, at least once.   (I was younger and better-looking then.)

In my opinion, there are seven essentials for a successful road trip:

  1. A cool car.
  2. Enough money.
  3. The right girl.
  4. A great driving road.
  5. Good weather.
  6. A relaxed attitude to deadlines and commitments.
  7. Time.  Lots and lots of time.

Not necessarily in order of importance ~ however, if you don’t have all seven then your road trip adventure isn’t going to be all you hoped it would be.

If you are using your own car, then you also need to take along a decent tool kit, some spares, and the knowledge to use both.

P1030116It is vitally important that the girl riding shotgun is someone who you really like hanging out with, because you are going to be spending a lot of time cooped-up together.  That has been my mistake on more than one occasion, because taking a long road trip with the wrong girl can give new meaning to the concept that there are sixty minutes in every hour, and twenty-four hours in every day.

(It helps if she knows how to take a great picture.)

There are three kinds of road trip;

  1. Where the destination is important.  Usually the time is also important.  You have to be in say; Tuscany by Tuesday…
  2. Where you have organised everything in advance, including booking your overnight accommodations.
  3. Where the destination is immaterial and time is of no pressing importance.  Except perhaps,  you have to go back to work in a couple of weeks or so.

Guess which type of road trip is the best?  But then, you do what you want as long as you stay cool and relaxed.

Chateaux & 7As an example of organising everything in advance was a road trip I took down the Loire Valley.  Because I wanted to stay in a different château each night, this all had to be booked and paid for before I set off.  (If the girl riding shotgun is the least bit ‘precious’ don’t make her pack all her luggage in the back of a tiny 7 ~ or she will sulk.)

P1030793For my next road trip I want to follow as much as I can of the old Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, ending with dinner at The Lobster.  Say 2,200 miles.  For something shorter there’s the PCH which runs from Orange County in Southern California to Mendocino County in the North.  About 600 miles.  What the hell, I have the time and money to do both, preferably in a muscle car.

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pictures by jack collier

and the girl riding shotgun

PCH Scenes

Road trips are about wandering and adventure.  It isn’t about travelling from here to there as quickly as possible.  Stop a while and listen to the sound of surf breaking on the shore.  Trust in the magic of the universal moment.

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From Dana Point in Capistrano Beach to the 101 at Leggett, the Pacific Coast Highway runs 655 miles along some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the USA.  It’s always worth breaking your journey to take in the sights…

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The PCH is also known as California State Route 1 and the Cabrillo Highway.  Towards Pacific Palisades there are some seriously expensive and weird homes overlooking this busy road.

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Talk about castles in the sky…

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Down the road and the poor are always with us.  Sometimes it’s a relief to hit the freeway again.

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 & the girl riding shotgun

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

 

 

Pacific Palisades Perfection

You can lie around on a rock all day, building up that suntan, hoping good things will happen for you eventually.  Or, you can make the good times happen.

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Take a road trip, drive the Pacific Coast Highway, (aka State Route 1), stop off in the Pacific Palisades.  On the way enjoy the drive, the sunshine, the music, the girl…

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When you get to the Palisades, visit the Getty and relax among some beautiful gardens.

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There is mucho sunshine in Southern California.  Back here in the North of England, in November, it’s cold, windy, and wet.  Rain, rain, beautiful rain…

P1040008pictures by jack collier

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