Well I’ve officially got the first night of the trip under my belt. The day started off quite well. I got some road snacks from trader joes, got myself a full tank of gas, and started putting some miles behind me. When I got near San Clemente I decided that, in the spirit of the road trip, I would take the road less traveled and headed down the Pacific Coast Highway (as opposed to taking the 5 North). I ended up cruising the PCH all the way through Huntington Beach before deciding that maxing out at 20mph and hitting a stop light every two blocks was just not going to work anymore. So in the pursuit of a bit more speed, I got myself onto the 405 where I was promptly met by LA traffic. Over the course of the next 2 hours I think I did a max of 15 miles.
I stopped off in Topanga Canyon (the first chance I’d really had the opportunity to pull off since getting on the 405), and was quite surprised to find it was 107 degrees outside! After getting myself a much needed red bull I, begrudgingly, plunged myself back into the nightmare that was the highway. The last 50 miles of the trip took me another two hours and I finally pulled into Santa Barbara just before 7.
I met up with my Craig (a good friend from back home in Minnesota who’s been living in SB for the last 6 years or so) and his roomate Ryan at Enterprise Fish Co. for dinner and a few beers. The food was great, the beer was refreshing, the “liquid cocaine” and “Moose Knuckle” shots were unnecessary but delicious, and the conversation was quite enjoyable. It was really good to be able to catch up with an old friend. After dinner we grabbed a six pack of Firestone Solace (made by Santa Barbaras own Firestone Brewery) and headed back to craigs place. The rest of the night was spent listening to music and generally kicking back.