Craziest road trip EVER

Trip Start Jun 01, 2007
Trip End Aug 31, 2007

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Ross and I started our day by heading over to Berkely.  We dined
at a super cute little cafe, Guerilla Cafe - all local, organic and
revolutionary.  :)

Then it was off to the university.  The town was a little dodgy,
but the university was beautiful - especially the Science centre at the
top of the hill with a great view of the city.  The road leading
up to it was a bit scary though - crazy climbs and overlooks ...and I
freaked out a little - but nothing compared to later in the day....
After seeing our fill of the university, we drove out to Napa. 
The scenery was beautiful - rolling hills with vineyards....although I
was expecting something a little less urban.  We never really got
out of traffic...Napa was as described in the guidebooks, cute, quaint,
and a little bit boring.  We did stop in at one of the outlets
though and got some nice sweaters and pants for our fall wardrobe...

After Napa, we headed over to Sonoma and had a nice lunch in the
Sunflower cafe. I had a really delicious Mahi-mahi sandwich.
Mmmm.  Then we decided to stop in at some vineyards.  We
stopped at Valley of the Moon and had some very mediocre wines, but the
experience was lots of fun.  We then stopped at another winery
down the road and had some more tastings - a few better wines, but it
was hard to judge since we weren't that familiar with the regional
wines.  Certainly very different from here.  It was fun
finding out that we liked doing something so "bourgie"!

After driving through Sonoma, it was about 3 in the afternoon, so we
decided to head over to Point Reyes.  We figured we were making
good time and would have no problem getting back in time for our flight
at 10.  The drive to point Reyes was beautiful - lots of winding
roads and rolling fog - in fact, the temperature in Napa was close to
101, and at Point Reyes, closer to 60!!  We made it to point Reyes
station and had a bite to eat at a fun little organic & local
restaurant. (That's the way they do it there....)

We looked at the clock, and decided to try to head to Point Reyes,
where the  San Andres fault meets the ocean.  However, after
checking the map, we realized that the road home was pretty winedy, and
would likely take us a lot longer than we anticipated, so we decided to
head back.  What a good call!!

The road home was INSANE.  Not only was it winedy, but it was
HIGH.  We're talking MASSIVE cliffs right off the road, no
shoulder, and locals riding your tail 'cause you're following the speed
limits. The corners were insane.  I pretty much had to close my
eyes, do breathing exercises, wipe the cold sweat off my palms and yell
at Ross to keep his hands at 10 and 2....'cause he was the one
driving.  All he remembers of the drive was that the ashphalt was
a nice colour. haha.  It was beautiful, but not for the faint of
heart.  For example, there were no guard rails on these massive
cliffs, not because they were unecessary, but becasue there was NO ROOM
on the shoulder for them.  That's unreasonable.  The only
thing I've ever seen in my life that compares to it was the Furka and
Susten passes in Switzerland.  Ugh. (Appologies for no photos, but
I was busy freaking out...)

FINALLY we got back to the city, crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, and
were right on time for the airport.  However, at the corner of
Mission and Van Ness, traffic seemed to stop.  We waited for a
minute, and realized that it was because it was San Francisco's Critical Mass
ride.  In Kingston, we have this as well.  However, it was
GIGANTIC.  We sat at the intersection for 15 minutes while
cyclists road by.  I was getting antsy....and then a guy road by
with no pants.  haha.  Just a leather thong.  Only in
SF.....We were a little concerned that they were getting on the
freeway, but seemingly not.  (Oh, did I mention that the Bay
bridge was closed?  They backed up traffic from downtown to the
Golden Gate bridge....insane.) 

We arrived at the airport, checked in, and were right on time.  I
changed into my pj's for the red eye, and then slept all the way back
to New York....and then all the way to Syracuse....and then all the way
to Kingston....but poor Ross could hardly sleep at all.

So that's it for my summer stop, Sudan in December!
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Congratulations on paid invitation to Conflict Settlement Conference in Africa. Looking forward to reading your blog in December.

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